Last 2009, a US Airways Airbus A320 safely executed a water landing on the Hudson River after a flock of birds were ingested into the engines a few minutes just after take-off. Both engines flamed-out, causing the aircraft to glide and do a water landing as turning back will be too impossible. Last August 15, 2019, an Ural Airlines Airbus A321 executed a terrain landing after also ingesting birds into the engine shortly after take-off.
Two of Philippine Airline's Boeing 777-300ER are turning 10 this November, namely, RP-C7777 and then followed by RP-C7776. Both aircraft are on lease. One question remains if PAL will be returning both 777s to their lessors or will they renew the lease which should expire by 2021 or 2022. Should they return the ageing 777s, what aircraft will they replace them with?
When we think of low-fares and affordable air travel in the Philippines, one airline comes in mind, and that is Cebu Pacific. They are like the "Colgate" and "Xerox" when Filipinos search for "murang airline ticket" or "cheap airline tickets." Moreso, they changed the way other airlines would purchase aircraft, influencing a myriad of carriers in the Philippines to go for the Airbus A320.
When it comes to packed orange juice, there is one brand that we all grew-up with and that is Zest-O. Who would have ever thought that the famous orange juice will become an airline? Well it did way back in 2008, and that was no less than Zest Air, which had a slogan "Asia's Most Refreshing Airline." It was an airline named after an orange juice drink, with a vibrant orange and green livery.
With a pending order of 100 Airbus A330-900NEOs, it is obvious that AirAsia is indeed on expansion mode, and we are not discounting the fact that its subsidiary Philippines Air Asia is on the receiving end of this expansion. Today (August 14, 2019), we got unconfirmed news that AirAsia's long haul low cost subsidiary is also coming to the Philippines, so we ask, how possible is this?
You may have not noticed them but they are actually still alive, under the guise of a Philippine Airlines aircraft. Air Philippines is indeed still flying, yes that airline which used to operate those old Boeing 737-200s of way back before turning a leaf to become that orange and white cladded, fun-looking airline, AirPhil Express. You may also have remembered that 2P airline code way back.
There is a huge difference between the terms "the customer is always right" and "the customer comes first". The former simply means that no matter what happens, even if imminent danger is present, the customer ought to be followed. The latter on the other hand means that the customer's safety, comfort, and expectations are all met equally. A customer who travels by air has one primary goal in mind, and that is to get from point A to point B safely.
When we think of Philippine Airlines aircraft, we think of passenger aircraft all the way. Little did others know, PAL actually had a dedicated or full-freighter aircraft, the British-made Armstrong Whiteworth AW.660 Argosy C.Mk 1. This was acquired by PAL in 1976 from the Royal Air Force and was used to expand the airline's cargo operations.
If you will mention the name "Love Bus" to your tito and tita, three things will come to their head. The "Love Bus", a heart decked blue bus during the 1980s that would run from Quezon City to Makati to Manila, the "Love Boat", a TV series during the 1980s, and of course, Philippine Airlines's Airbus A300 during the late 70s and 80s with a "Love Bus" insignia on its livery.
The Philippine commercial aviation industry is a very competitive one. Philippine Airlines, though being the only full service airline in the Philippines, would be very hard to compete with due to the airline's network, established brand, and product. For the low cost or budget airline category, a number of airlines do service this market namely Cebu Pacific, PAL Express, Philippines Air Asia, Pan Pacific, and Royal Air.