By: AirTravellerPH Staff // Photos credits: Daniel Tan / Kelly Austria Facebook
Philippines AirAsia's (PAA) main headquarters known as "The Red Point" recently moved from the Salem Complex to the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3. Upon seeing some pictures from its staff posted on social media, we got the impression that it seemed so chic. Today, full pictures of PAA's new main office were posted on Kelly Austria's Facebook Page and wow, we were stunned!
By: AirTravellerPH Staff
A recent report from the Philippines's Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) showed that as of the current year (2019), domestic scheduled passenger traffic reached 15,160,999. Out of that, 6,601,280 were transported by Cebu Pacific and 968,576 were transported by CebGo. This means 7,569,856 passengers were transported by both Cebu Pacific and CebGo combined, accounting to 50% of the total domestic passenger traffic!
When we think of Philippine commercial aviation, only a few airlines do come into mind which are Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific, Philippines AirAsia, ZestAir, and AirPhil Express. Did you know though that a lot more airlines did exist in the past, many of which may be unfamiliar to you. Ever heard of Air Manila, Grand Air, Filipinas Orient Airways, PhilAir, and Spirit of Manila Airways? Did you know that some operated the Sud Aviation Caravelle?
Is it real or not? There had been many "bogus" airlines in the past that would create social media accounts and posting pictures of "their" aircraft, but obviously all photoshopped from other airlines. Lately, another airline surfaced, Xploreasia. Another surprising thing is it came out in the former South East Asian Airlines (SEA Air) website. If you will check their website, you will see the picture posted above.
Expect a air travel boom in the Philippines within the next 15 years as Asia-Pacific is bound to take a bigger market share in the global commercial aviation industry. Presently, Asia Pacific carriers hold 32% of the global passenger traffic. In terms of manpower, Asia Pacific carriers will need 244,000 pilots with 49,000 coming from South East Asian Airlines. For cabin crew, 323,000 will be needed for AP carriers, 77,000 coming from SEA airlines.
Last August 22, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte signed a law granting Magnum Air, operator of Skyjet, to operate international and domestic flights from the Philippines for the next 25 years. With Republic Act 11410, Skyjet may continue to operate commercial, cargo, and mail flights. With this, Skyjet may now pursue their goals of fleet expansion and of course, network expansion too.
The Philippines is an Airbus country with our local airlines operating different types of Airbus jets. To the avgeek, it would be easy for them to identify every aircraft to the detail but to the regular passenger, they will all just all seem like one type of Airbus. Here, we look into how we can easily identify between the different variants of the A320 family which local airlines presently operate.
Philippine-based carriers are set to receive around 84 more aircraft in the coming years as of this writing. This is both good news and bad news. Good news is that the Philippine commercial aviation industry is indeed growing. This means more tourism, more jobs, more investment, and more taxes. Bad news is, the government is currently pressured to really come up with a new airport that will serve Metro Manila.
Today, we see airlines operating Airbus A380s boast their first class suites which included beds, or huge seats that turn into beds, similar to like a sofa bed. To many of the present generation, this is a big innovation, but in reality, it is not really new. In fact, Philippine Airlines had them on their Boeing 747-200s during the 1980s, and they were called the "Cloud Nine Service Skybeds", which was available for first class passengers.
Philippine Airlines was an operator of Boeing 747 for 35 years. Despite that, why didn't they consider to operate the latest version of the jumbo jet, the 747-8 Intercontinental? The 747-8 is indeed a very beautiful aircraft, way more beautiful than the superjumbo Airbus A380-800. It has a range of 15,000km. It can fit 467 passengers in a 3-class configuration. Why didn't PAL even consider this?