Many passengers still do ask if any Philippine based airline or carrier operates a Boeing 737. After the crash of an Ethiopian Air and Lion Air Boeing 737 Max 8, it seems like many Filipino passengers fear getting on board a Boeing 737, regardless if it is a Max or not. Well to tell you the truth, no airline in the Philippines operates a single Boeing 737 today. So what type of aircraft do our local airlines operate?
The Philippines is actually an Airbus country where five out of eight airlines operate Airbus jets. The rest operates a fleet of ATRs, Bombardiers, and BAE/Avros.
The only airline that operates a Boeing is Philippine Airlines which is the Boeing 777-300ER, presently the world's most successful and high selling widebody aircraft in the world.
Before Airbus took over our country's airlines, Boeing used to dominate our skies. Philippine Airlines operated 747s, 737s, and 727s. Cebu Pacific used to have Boeing 757s in its fleet. Other Philippine based carriers that operated Boeings were Air Philippines now PAL Express utilizing 737-200s and 737-300s, Grand Air utilizing 737-200s. Today, the Boeing 737s you will see in our airports are operated by foreign airlines. SEA Air's Boeing 737-200 was converted into a cargo aircraft.
So what type of aircraft do our local airlines operate? We run down the list.
PHILIPPINE AIRLINES (PR)
PAL EXPRESS (2P)
CEBU PACIFIC (5J)
PHILIPPINES AIR ASIA (Z2)
PAN PACIFIC AIR (8Y)
ROYAL AIR PHILIPPINES (RW)
AIR SWIFT (T6)
SKYJET AIRLINES (M8)
ALPHALAND AVIATION (C9)
These are basically the only Philippine-based commercial airlines operating as of this writing with their fleet. There are more but they are already private or corporate airlines. We are just unsure if Alphaland Aviation is classified as commercial or private as they only operate flights from Manila to Balesin and vice versa, but anyhow, we included them in this list for reference.
The number of aircraft in their inventory are good as of this writing also as many of them having pending orders for delivery like Cebu Pacific and Philippine Airlines, but basically, listed here are our only local commercial airlines. So if want to find out what type of aircraft do our airlines operate, just check this list.