PAL Opens Bohol Gateway

Flies Seoul Beginning June 22

13 April 2017

Flag carrier Philippine Airlines has open a new gateway out of the country as it introduces first international flight to Seoul, South Korea from Tagbilaran airport.

The route is expected to commence on June 23 and will be serve daily by Airbus A320-200 aircraft. 

Tagbilaran airport will be the airlines fifth gateway after Manila, Cebu, Kalibo and Angeles.

PAL Expands Kalibo Hub

Adds Chengdu and Guangzhou flights

12 April 2017

Philippine Airlines (PAL) has added another destination to China by flying to Chengdu on March 31 and Guangzhou on April 15. The Sichuan City joins Beijing, Hangzhou, Chengdu, Shanghai and Xiamen out of Kalibo airport. 

The airline also flies to Seoul, Busan, and Taipei, as well as regular charters to Khabarovsk in Russia.

Xiamen Adds Jinjiang To Cebu

12 April 2017

Opens Kalibo Hub
Xiamen Airlines has begun its fourth non-stop route between China and the Philippines. On April 10 it introduced twice-weekly (Mondays and Fridays) flights on the 1,706-kilometre route between Jinjiang (JJN) and Cebu.

The airline also flies to Xiamen from Cebu. It is the fourth route of Xiamen Airlines in the Philippines after Manila-Xiamen and Manila-Jinjiang. 

Meanwhile, the carrier will launch its third hub with its fifth and six route out of the country when it begins Kalibo flight to Xiamen and Fuzhou beginning May 1 using Boeing 737-800 aircraft. It is also awaiting regulatory clearance to fly two more destinations to China.

PAL Grows Clark

12 April 2017

Opens Cagayan De Oro, Bacolod, and Tagbilaran 

Philippine Airlines will add Bacolod, Cagayan de Oro, and Tagbilaran to its growing domestic network from Clark beginning June 22 using A320 aircraft. 

"We are introducing new domestic routes to allow travelers to reach their desired destinations without the need to transit in Manila" said PAL president Jaime Bautista in a statement.

The airline will receive five brand new DH8-400 Next Gen turboprops, three A321-200s and two B777-300ERs in staggered basis before the end of the year.

The airline currently flies five domestic points from Angeles City to Cebu, Davao, Puerto Princesa, Busuanga and Caticlan.

Kalibo Airport Opens Runway Extension

Apron and Terminal Still A Long Way To Go!

12 April 2017

Kalibo airport runway extension will be operational soon after completing safety inspection and formal turnover to the airport operator, according to the Transportation Department (DOTR).

Construction for the 200 meter runway extension began in 2015 lengthening the runway to 2.5km to comply with international standards after expropriation battles with some land owners ended on positive note. The rest of the acquisition however failed after affected landowners contested offers of the provincial government.

DOTR said some gains has been made on the lands intended for runway strip as well as the Runway Safety Area(RSA) that surrounds the existing runway but the land for the new apron and terminal building remained with private land holders preventing the agency from constructing new facilities at the contested sites.

The implementation of the 6 billion Pesos airport development project has been hampered by land compensation dispute aggravated by 154 farmers demand for disturbance pay due to work displacement from the existing rice fields.

CAAP Deputy Director General Manuel Antonio Tamayo said the lengthening of the runway is the first step to the airports upgrade while the rest of the desired land area are being negotiated in court.

Tamayo confirmed that land acquisition problems for Phase I and II of the project intended for the apron, terminal building, parking and other support facilities comprising about 500 hectares are still pending resolution in court  as landowners went to court to seek reasonable compensation from the government. 

Private lands affected by Kalibo international airport development projects were those situated in Barangay Nalook, Tigayon, Pook and Kaano, in the municipality of Kalibo.

CEB Hires Air France-KLM Engineering For A320 Maintenance

29 March 2017

Cebu Pacific Air (CEB) has selected Air France Industries KLM Engineering & Maintenance (AFI KLM E&M) to provide component support and solutions, repairs and local pool access for 36 Airbus A320ceos, and future Airbus A321neos.

The selection of AFI KLM E&M came following a call for tenders by the airline in September 2016 for the carrier's expanding fleet of Airbus passenger jets. Previously, Singapore Airlines Engineering Co. was the maintenance provider of these jets.

The eight year contract covers a fleet of over 40 Airbus A320ceos and its future A320neo orders.

The airline currently operates a fleet of 59 aircraft, consisting of four Airbus A319, 36 Airbus A320ceo, seven Airbus A330, eight ATR 72-500, and four ATR 72-600 aircraft.

AFI KLM E&M says the contract is its first with Cebu Pacific and the first component support contract in the Philippines.

Between 2017 and 2021, Cebu expects delivery of 45 new aircraft as part of its fleet renewal programme. Comprised of 12 ATR 72-600 aircraft, one new Airbus A330, and 32 Airbus A321neos, the new aircraft will bring the CEB fleet to 85 by 2021.

AFI KLM E&M is a major multi-product MRO (Maintenance, Repair, Overhaul) provider and currently supports almost 2,000 aircraft operated by 200 major international and domestic airlines. It provides MRO services from Manila International Airport.

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28 March 2017

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Navy Gets TC-90

27 March 2017

Philippine Navy (PN) has received the first two Beechcraft TC-90 King Air advanced trainer aircraft out of the five frames committed by the Japanese  Ministry of Defense (JMOD) to be let to the Philippine military for pilot training on surveillance missions.

It is the first Self-Defense Forces aircraft leased to another country since world war II after it recently lifted a self-imposed ban on weapons exports.The Philippines will pay Japan $7,000 each for four aircraft yearly and only $200 for the fifth—for a total of $28,200. The lease will be renewable every year.

The first two were stripped of surveillance equipment's as they will be used for training purposes while the next three more TC90s expected to arrive by the end of March 2018 will possess some classified surveillance suite for maritime security patrols.

The TC-90 is capable of flying some 1,900 kilometers (1,180 miles), roughly double the flight range of the Philippine navy’s Islander aircraft.

The Philippines through its Defence Ministry had been pushing for a handover of three of the more advanced P-3C Orion aircraft, developed by Lockheed Martin but the request was deferred by Tokyo citing technical and operational deficiencies on the P-3Cs and required permission on the use of some surveillance suite by the US government.