Picture Speaks A Thousand Words

15 February 2018

Airbus A350-1000 demonstration tour arrived in Manila closed to midnight for final sale pitch with flag carrier Philippine Airlines which manifest intent to add the type to its growing A350 fleet.

The Future Is Here

10 February 2018

The Future runs bright for this two aircraft under one name.
Bombardier Commercial Aircraft is displaying a Philippine Airlines dual-class 86-seat Q400 regional turboprop at the 2018 Singapore Airshow, which runs from February 6 to 11 beside a big brother.

PAF Purchases 16 More Bell 412EPI

9 February 2018

Bell 412s and UH-1H, PAF Workhorses

Bell Helicopters of Canada has officially announced that the Government of the Philippines has sealed a purchase agreement for 16 more Bell 412EPI Twin-engine helicopters for the Philippine Air Force (PAF). Delivery of these twin-engine helicopters would begin in 2019.

The sale signed in December 20 last year is valued at $234.5 million (P12 billion) and is a government-to-government transaction via the Canadian Commercial Corporation to be paid over a three-year period.

Bell helicopters is the workhorse of the Philippine Air Force where it operates older variants of the manufacturer's product, particularly the UH-1H and UH-1D helicopters, which form the backbone of the rotary-winged utility fleet. It received its first two 412s in 1994 for Presidential Transport.

Bell said the additional acquisition will contribute to the modernisation programme of the Philippine military.

The company earlier delivered eight new frames to the Philippines in 2015. At present, PAF operates ten Bell 412s eight of which are 412EP units delivered in 2015. Of the latter batch, two are used for executive transport while six are operated by the 205th Tactical Helicopter Wing.

The brand new helicopters for the Philippine Department of National Defense will be ‘fully configured with fly-by-wire system and equipped with advanced avionics,’ Bell said in a press release.

Sameer Rehman, managing director of Bell Helicopter Asia-Pacific, said the PAF’s new 412EPIs will be used for SAR, humanitarian assistance, utility and passenger transport.

PAL Earns 4th Star Rating From Skytrax

Product Consistency is Key

February 8, 2018

Flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) has been Certified with the 4-Star Airline quality ranking by SKYTRAX, the UK-based international air transport rating organisation after reviewing airline services in December last year.

The 4-Star Airline rating is a mark of quality distinction that recognises excellent standards of Product and Staff service across different assessment categories for both the Onboard and Airport environment, with Philippine Airlines noted for providing much improved standards of product and service quality to its customers.

Philippine Airlines achieved this coveted rating after Skytrax conducted a rigorous audit across the airline’s inflight and ground service for both international and domestic flights and noted major enhancements on its end-to-end passenger experience and distinct whole-hearted service called Buong Pusong Alaga.

Commenting on the 4-Star Airline Rating awarded to Philippine Airlines, Edward Plaisted, Skytrax CEO said: “this recognises the great improvements that the airline has introduced over the last 2 years, both in terms of product change and development and enhancement of the front-line staff service. New and retrofitted aircraft have played an important part in the quality improvement process, and this looks set to develop further when Philippine Airlines introduce the A350 into their fleet. We look for consistency of quality in the 4-Star rating, and we now entrust Philippine Airlines to ensure this is duly delivered to customers.”

“This is a big win for the Philippines...Our achievement is the country’s achievement and we share this with all Filipinos around the globe.” said PAL Chairman & CEO Dr. Lucio C. Tan.

“Our Get That Star journey began in 2016. Our efforts over the last two years have borne fruit,” said PAL President and COO Jaime J. Bautista.

Bautista added that “Since 2016, we have embarked on a journey of rolling out in-flight and on-ground innovations, opened new routes, increased connectivity across PAL’s route network, added new aircraft to our fleet and importantly, invested in the Buong Pusong Alaga ( whole-hearted) training of all our cabin crew, ground crew and service providers domestically and internationally in order to enhance the passenger travel experience and earn a higher Skytrax rating,”

With the 4-Star rating now certified, PAL aims to intensify efforts as it continues unveiling new products and expanding routes, including the launch of nonstop services to New York and Brisbane as well as flights to India and additional routes to Japan and China within 2018.

“By offering the public a globally competitive airline service, we are empowered to attract more tourists to visit the Philippines, experience our country’s beauty and our people’s warmth, and to generate more economic activity for the Philippines,” said Bautista.

Skytrax completed the quality audit evaluation of Philippine Airlines last year, examining in detail all product and service delivery areas across the customer trip experience.

SKYTRAX is the leading international Airline Rating system introduced in 1999 that classifies airlines by the Quality of front-line product and staff service standards. Airline Star Ratings are recognised as a global Benchmark of airline standards.

A350-1000 Tours Manila

And You Know What That Means...

27 January 2018

Airbus has commenced three weeks demonstration tour with its newly-certified A350-1000 which will cover Manila as one of the manufacturer's destinations in the Asia Pacific Region.

The first Airbus A350-1000 is scheduled to arrive in Manila in the third week of February before heading home to Toulouse, France.

Philippine Airlines (PAL) secured orders for six A350-900 aircraft after the company made demonstration flight to the country in May 20, 2015. It has order options for another six A350.

The airplane manufacturer said the tour will cover the Middle East and Asia-Pacific regions. Its route will include two Middle Eastern cities – Qatar's capital Doha and Muscat in Oman, after which it will then proceed to ten Asia-Pacific destinations covering Hong Kong, Seoul, Taipei, Hanoi, Singapore, Bangkok, Sydney, Auckland, and Tokyo.

Airbus is preparing for delivery of the first -1000 variant to be operated by Qatar Airways, which it says will take place "in the coming weeks".

The plane maker said it will be using MSN65 for the tour, the cabin-equipped test aircraft which is configured with 40 business-class, 36 premium-economy and 219 economy-class seats.

Singapore's visit will coincide with the city's air show. The A350-1000 will be displayed on the static park from 6-8 February. Hong Kong, Seoul and Tokyo are the bases of -1000 customers Cathay Pacific, Asiana and Japan Airlines.

Eleven customers from five continents have already placed orders for a total of 169 A350-1000s.

The A350-1000 with a list price of $351.9 million is the latest member of the A350 XWB Family, designed to compete with Boeing 777-300ER, showing high level of commonality with the A350-900 with 95 percent common systems part numbers and the same Type Rating. It has a longer fuselage to accommodate 40 more passengers than the A350-900 (in a typical three-class configuration), the A350-1000 also features a modified wing trailing-edge, new six-wheel main landing gears and more powerful Rolls-Royce Trent XWB-97 engines.

A350-900 first landing in Manila, May 20, 2015

Jetstar Asia Adds Clark

Fifth Freedom Flights To Osaka Begins March 27

27 January 2018

Singapore-based low cost airline Jetstar Asia is adding flight services to the Philippines as it launch services between Clark and Singapore and from Clark to Kansai International Airport in Osaka, Japan.

The flight will start from 27 March 2018 to be flown by 180 seater Airbus 320 three times a week.

Jetstar Asia CEO Mr Bara Pasupathi said this service will increase Jetstar’s capacity in the Philippines by up to three services a week to Kansai International Airport and Clark will now be the latest gateway in the region for both Singapore and Filipino travellers to fly to Osaka and Singapore.

From Singapore, Jetstar Asia currently operates up 5 services to Osaka from Manila on fifth freedom rights.

“Clark International Airport will be the second gateway in the region for Singapore and Japanese travellers to fly to the Philippines,” said Mr Pasupathi.

Collectively, Jetstar Asia will now operate up to 8 flight services to Osaka with connections in the Philippines.

From Manila, customers can also connect up to 17 international services on sister airline, Jetstar Japan to Narita, and Nagoya in Japan.

PNP Acquires Bell 429

18 January 2018

The Philippine National Police (PNP) will take delivery of one Bell 429 Global Ranger twin-engine helicopter for the Special Action Force (SAF) Air Unit in March 2018.

The Bell 429 which cost ₱ 435 million (₱435,797,548.00) delivers exceptional speed, range, hover performance and enhanced safety margins which made it the helicopter of choice to some of the worlds police forces. It has fly-by-wire technology which includes a fully-integrated glass cockpit, advanced drive system, best-in-class WAAS navigation and IFR capability.

Among its operators are New York Police Department, Turkish National Police, Slovakian Police, and the Swedish National Police to name a few.

Meanwhile, four other single-engine helicopter will join the PNP air unit next year.

New CNS ATM Goes Online

17 January 2018

After series of delays, the long awaited Communications, Navigation, Surveillance / Air Traffic Management(CNS-ATM) comes online after series of testing Monday.

It was inaugurated yesterday afternoon by President Rodrigo Duterte culminating completion of CNS/ATM Systems Development Project Phase II at the Philippine Air Traffic Management Center (PATMC) in Pasay City on January 16, 2018.

The project awarded in 2010 was funded through the Official Development Assistance (ODA) of the Japan International Cooperation Agency. The CNS/ATM is a computer-based flight data-processing system that allows aircraft operators to meet their scheduled departures and arrivals.

With this technology, the country would be able to monitor and evaluate 80% of the Manila Flight Information Region as assigned by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO