Philippine Airlines recently gained 8 accolades at the Paris Air Show 2019 from Skytrax, the world's "Oscars" when it comes to airline awards and recognition. This is in the middle of the airline's quest to be a 5-star airline in due time. Notable of all awards was the 2019 World's Most Improved Airline which is actually part of the top 5 most prestigious awards, which PAL was awarded for.
Philippine Airlines gained the following recognitions and accolades:
When Mr. Bautista was reappointed as President and COO after the LT Group won back PAL in 2014, he embarked in a journey towards making Philippine Airlines a 5-star airline, from being a hybrid model during the time of San Miguel. Mr. Bautista believed that PAL should be competing at a level of its Asian airline neighbors like Singapore Airlines, Cathay Pacific, EVA Air, Korean Air, Asiana, ANA, and others, instead of using low-cost or hybrid carriers as a benchmark model. While others doubted that PAL will be able to attain this level, the airline's management, staff, and crew all believed in their hearts that they can get that star.
Many were revised, crew training was further modified fit for a 5-star airline, systems were streamlined and updated to improve passenger experience, inflight amenities were greatly improved, and more fuel efficient aircraft arrived like the Airbus A350-900 and Airbus A321-271NEO. The ultimate goal is straightforward, a 5-star profitable airline.
In 2018, Philippine Airlines was certified by Skytrax as a 4-star airline and from then on, PAL's accolades and awards did not stop coming. These awards are a testament of PAL's commitment to be a 5-star airline and a world premier airline in the next coming years. Then now in 2019, the "Gold Standard" of airline awards and ranking, UK-based Skytrax, have recognized PAL's immense improvements by recognizing them as the World's Most Improved Airline of 2019! Being given a Skytrax award is just like receiving an Oscar Academy for Films award!