US Sends Humanitarian Aid To Marawi

Singapore Sends Drones

19 July 2017

The United States government has delivered Tuesday morning humanitarian assistance that was offloaded in Zamboanga International Airport intended for displaced civilians at the war torn City of Marawi.

The US government said the cargo comprises among others educational supplies, drugs and medicines, as well as water containers and chlorine tablets to make potable water to evacuation centers in the provinces of Lanao del Sur and Lanao del Norte and in Iligan City. There are 78 evacuation centers that was put up by the government to house thousands of displaced persons (IDPs).

Meanwhile, Singapore has offered drones and its urban warfare training facilities to help Philippine troops on its fight against ISIS militants. The offer was accepted by the Philippines through its Defence Minister Delfin Lorenzana.

Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen of Singapore said in a news briefing this afternoon that he offered to his Philippine counterpart Delfin Lorenzana help "to enhance the intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities" of the Philippine military.

Singapore has two types of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs): the Heron 1, which has a range of 200km and can stay in the air for 24 hours; and the Hermes 450, which has half the range and a shorter flying time of 14 hours.

The UAV's will be send to Zamboanga's Edwin Andrew Airbase with a C-130 complement anytime next week where they will be stationed together with its counterpart from the US military for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions in Marawi.

The Singaporean C-130 will also be used to ferry humanitarian supplies to Marawi evacuees.

China Eastern Flies Clark

12 July 2017

China Eastern Airline has confirmed that it will start its Clark flights to Shanghai’s Pudong International Airport on October 18.

China’s second largest airline will operate this route daily with Airbus A320-200 aircraft.

Clark will be the airlines 3rd gateway in the country after Manila and Cebu.

Airbus Demos C295MSA

Could This Be PAF's LRPA?

12 July 2017

European Plane maker Airbus Defence and Space landed in Clark International Airport yesterday to promote The C295MSA (Maritime Surveillance Aircraft) sample to the Philippine Air Force (PAF).

The aircraft is s derivative variant of the CN235 military transport aircraft which Airbus military produces and delivered to the Philippines.

The C295 can be used for surveillance, as a maritime patrol aircraft (MPA), anti-submarine warfare (ASW) or search and rescue (SAR) missions and logistics.

The plane flew from Spain, stopping in Oman for refueling and Mali before making its first tour stops in Vietnam, Thailand and Malaysia before heading to the Philippines for demonstration flights. 

It heads today to Japan and then South Korea before continuing its tour in the Americas, with stops in Canada, the United States and Mexico. The aircraft will then heads back to Brazil where it will begin service in the Brazilian Air Force as a search and rescue aircraft.

The Philippine Air Force is currently re-bidding its Long Range Patrol Aircraft (LRPA) with Airbus showing to win the bid in commonality with its ASEAN neighbors.

PAF To Receive US Made UAS

5 July 2017

The Philippine Air Force (PAF) will receive delivery of undisclosed number of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) from the United States in September this year says its Defence Minister.

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said The US government has programmed to hand over a Scan Eagle-type X200 UAS manufactured by Insitu’s, as disclosed by US Ambassador Sung Kim to Rodrigo Duterte in Malacanang Monday together with  some precision ordnances.

The The first Scan Eagle-type X200 UAS was handed by Zamboanga-based U.S. Special Operations Forces  to the Philippine military in 2012 while the new UAS was acquired by the Philippine government in 2016 for $13.5M taken from Foreign Military Sales (FMS). 

UK-based IHS Jane's disclosed the Philippines' follow-on system likely to be made up of about 15 UAS vehicles.

Korea Eximbank To Fund New Dumaguete Airport

Duterte's First Airport Infrastructure Submitted For Funding

5 July 2015

Department of Finance (DOF) has announced yesterday that Korea Eximbank (KEXIM) will finance the construction of the $137 million proposed new Dumaguete Airport development project in Bacong, Negros Oriental.

This is the first airport project to be offered under Official Development Assistance (ODA) by the Duterte Administration and the fourth Korean Project after Laguindingan, Puerto Princesa, and Panglao.

Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III said feasibility studies for this airport will need to be submitted to the National Economic and Development Authority-Investment Coordination Committee (NEDA-ICC) for approval this year, after which it will be submitted to the South Korean government for funding.

The P8.5 million Feasibility and Master Plan Study for Dumaguete Airport Development Project was already prepared by TCGI Engineers in 2013.

South Korea has offered to finance USD1 billion worth of infrastructure projects of the Philippine government through its Economic Development Cooperation Fund between 2017 and 2022.

The loan was offered by the Korea Export-Import Bank, after it met with selected agencies of the Philippine government last month to discuss financing participation in the government’s infrastructure-building push.

Dominguez said that one-fourth of the project amount would be shouldered by the Philippine Government for lot acquisitions.

Construction of the P7 billion proposed new Bacong airport will take place around 2019 and would take about five years to complete. The all-weather airport will have a 2km x 45m two-way runway and passenger terminal building capable of supporting 1.5 million passengers per annum.

“Right now there’s still no approval from the ICC, so that is where we are right now.”Dominguez said.

Dumaguete is the 17th busiest airport in the country registering 546,276 passengers in 2016. It is expected to handle 1 million passengers in 2024, according to latest projections.

PAF At 70

4 July 2017

Philippine Air Force (PAF) displays its new ordnace for the FA-50 jet recently acquired from the United States, comprising AIM-9B sidewinder air-to-air missiles, M117 GPB and AGM-65 G2 maverick air-to-ground missiles delivered in July 1. Image courtesy of Efrain Noel Morota

PAL Adds Q400NG

Firms Seven Options, Brings Total Order To Twelve

20 June 2017

Le Bourget - Philippine Airlines has agreed to buy seven more Bombardier Q400NG aircraft from Canadian plane maker Bombardier, bringing its total order to 12, including the five initially ordered in December 2016.

The option purchase rights was announced Monday at the Paris Air Show, with the deal valued at US$235 million.

The original order for five firm Q400 with purchase rights for an additional seven was previously announced on December 8, 2016 and will start monthly delivery from July next month. Another five delivery will be handed over from March 2018, with the remainder arriving in the latter part of 2019.

PAL Brings Business Class To Dubai

16 June 2017

Philippine Airlines (PAL) has relaunched its business class service on flights to Dubai (RP-C8760) in a bid to improve product services  to the Gulf region Thursday.

PAL has started flying its 368-seater bi-class A330-300 plane to the gulf region after launching new tri-class product to Hawaii yesterday.

PAL senior assistant vice president and regional manager for Europe, Middle East and Africa Genaro Velasquez said they booked 50% of the 18 business class seats on average while the airline also registered 50 per cent jump in passenger traffic to the UAE in the three months to the end of June.

Velasquez said that Doha, Abu Dhabi, Kuwait, Riyadh, Jeddah, and Dammam will also have business-class services in the next five months as another A330 is rolled out in July, August, September, October and November.

The airline took over the Manila to Dubai route from its low-cost subsidiary, PAL Express, in 2014 using a monoclass 402 seater A330-300 aircraft.

PAL began its service to the Middle East since 1979 through hopping flights in Bahrain, followed by Dahran in Saudi Arabia. It first flew to Dubai in 1982.