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Earnings crash: PAL suffers net loss of P9.4 billion in Q1 2020

Jun 05, 2020 - 9:05 PM

Philippine Airlines' passenger revenues fall 21.5%, as travel restrictions hurt the aviation industry

IN PHOTOS: Filipino pilot shows what it's like to travel by air during a pandemic

Apr 30, 2020 - 8:00 PM

PAL pilot and photographer Mike Buenaventura documents a 37-hour repatriation flight to Canada, showing how flying has changed since the pandemic

Airlines ask gov’t for lifeline as virus leads them to bankruptcy

Apr 01, 2020 - 11:46 AM

Facing an 'existential threat,' airlines ask the government to give them access to emergency credit lines

Philippine Airlines suspends all flights

Mar 24, 2020 - 8:15 PM

Philippine Airlines says its goal is to resume operations on April 15, 'if warranted by Philippine and international authorities, global public health conditions, and the travel environment'

SUSPENDED. Philippine Airlines suspends its operations. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

PAL, Cebu Pacific, AirAsia cancel flights during 'enhanced community quarantine' in Luzon

Mar 17, 2020 - 5:41 PM

The country's major airlines cancel domestic and international flights ahead of the implementation of the Luzon-wide lockdown

FLIGHTS CANCELED. Passengers flock the ticketing office of Cebu Pacific to book and rebook flights at the NAIA Terminal 3 in Pasay City on March 13. Photo by Inoue Inoue Jaena/Rappler

PH airports to defer charging local airlines for a year due to coronavirus

Mar 09, 2020 - 3:35 PM

Fees for local airlines' takeoff, landing, and parking at airports in the Philippines will not be collected immediately, to cushion the impact of the novel coronavirus

DEFERRED. Scene at Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 1. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Philippine Airlines lays off 300 workers

Feb 28, 2020 - 6:10 PM

The novel coronavirus adds further burden to PAL's already struggling finances

PAL, Cebu Pacific, AirAsia resume flights to Taiwan after gov't lifts travel ban

Feb 15, 2020 - 12:17 AM

(UPDATED) Check the list of flights here

FLIGHTS RESUME. Flights between Manila and Taipei will now depart as scheduled after the travel ban on Taiwan was lifted. File photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Cruise ships to ban recent China visitors – global industry body

Feb 03, 2020 - 9:00 PM

The Cruise Lines International Association says its members seek to prevent an outbreak of the novel coronavirus on board cruise ships, where infections can spread rapidly

The Costa Smeralda cruise ship is docked in the Civitavecchia port 70km north of Rome on the evening of January 30, 2020, with more than 6,000 tourists on board. - Italy's health ministry said on January 30, 2020 that the two Chinese cruise ship passengers had tested negative for the coronavirus, meaning thousands of stranded passengers could disembark. Costa Cruises was offering to pay for food and hotels for some 1,140 people who had been due to disembark at the Civitavecchia port near Rome and the Costa Smeralda was to set sail again Friday, Italian media said. (Photo by Filippo MONTEFORTE / AFP)

PAL, Cebu Pacific, AirAsia suspend China, Hong Kong, Macau flights

Feb 02, 2020 - 10:35 PM

The temporary travel ban enforced by the Philippine government due to the novel coronavirus outbreak prompts the airlines to cancel flights

Passengers, wearing protective facemasks, walk at the arrival area of the Beijing Capital International airport on January 31, 2020. - The World Health Organization declared an international emergency after China's National Health Commission said nearly 8,000 people had been infected, and about 100 cases were reported outside China. (Photo by NOEL CELIS / AFP)

PH planes boarded by coronavirus-positive passenger pulled out

Jan 31, 2020 - 4:14 PM

Cebu Pacific and PAL say the planes have been disinfected, and flight crews have been quarantined

PRECAUTIONARY MEASURES. Mactan-Cebu International Airport Terminal implements strict precautionary measures against novel coronavirus (nCov). Photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

3 airlines to help in repatriation of OFWs in Middle East

Jan 11, 2020 - 9:54 AM

Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific, and Air Asia have committed to help in government repatriation efforts in the Middle East, says the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines

Tetangco, Mendoza quit Philippine Airlines board

Dec 06, 2019 - 7:45 PM

The resignation of Amando Tetangco Jr and Estelito Mendoza will be taken up in the Philippine Airlines' next board of directors meeting, according to the company's corporate secretary

PAL plane makes emergency landing in Los Angeles Int'l Airport

Nov 22, 2019 - 7:31 AM

(UPDATED) 'All 342 passengers and 18 crew members are safe and were able to disembark from the airplane using regular airstairs,' says Philippine Airlines

PAL Holdings president Bong Tan dies

Nov 11, 2019 - 11:51 AM

Lucio 'Bong' Tan Jr dies at 53, just days after collapsing during a basketball game

Lucio Tan Jr replaces Gilbert Sta Maria as PAL Holdings president

Oct 29, 2019 - 9:17 AM

(UPDATED) Gilbert Sta Maria cites personal reasons for the departure, but remains to be the president of the operating arm of the flagship carrier

Lucio Tan Jr. File photo from PNB


Former PLDT exec Ricky Isla is new AirAsia Philippines CEO

Jul 31, 2019 - 4:30 PM

Ricky Isla takes the lead as AirAsia Philippines plans to go public in 2019

Philippine Airlines names Gilbert Santa Maria as new president

Jul 29, 2019 - 4:25 PM

BPO industry leader Gilbert Santa Maria is a personal choice of Philippine Airlines chairman Lucio Tan to head the flag carrier

NEW PRESIDENT. BPO industry leader Gilbert Santa Maria (L) is a personal choice of Philippine Airlines Chairman Lucio Tan (R) to head the country's flag carrier. Photo from PAL


Lucio Tan's daughter Vivienne in charge of PAL as Bautista retires

Jun 18, 2019 - 6:35 PM

Vivienne Tan's appointment as Philippine Airlines officer-in-charge comes as the flag carrier accepts the retirement of Jaime Bautista as president and chief operating officer

IN CHARGE. Lucio Tan heiress Vivienne Tan takes charge of Philippine Airlines. File photo from Tan's Facebook page

Chinese behind P1.8-B shabu escapes PH authorities via PAL, NAIA

May 30, 2019 - 11:52 AM

Blacklisted Chinese man Zhijian Xu, also known as Jacky Co, escapes through NAIA, baffling police chief-turned-senator Panfilo Lacson

SEIZED. Around 276 kilos of shabu worth P1.8 billion are seized by Customs and anti drug agents at Manila North Harbor in Manila on March 22, 2019. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Workers reject 'weak' anti-endo bill

May 29, 2019 - 8:50 PM

(UPDATED) Labor groups argue that some 'strong' provisions in the House version of the anti-contractualization bill should have made it to the measure's final version

ENDING ENDO. Workers from various companies stage a rally calling for the passing of SB 1826 or the Security of Tenure bill at the main gate of the Seante on August 7, 2018. Fle photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Philippine Airlines to resume Clark flights on April 25

Apr 24, 2019 - 1:25 PM

Philippine Airlines says its flights to and from Clark for April 24 will remain canceled though airport operations are expected to resume within the day

FIXED. The collapsed ceiling at the departure area of the Clark International Airport has been fixed as of 6 am, April 24, 2019. Photo from Clark International Airport

ADVISORY: Some PAL flights moved to NAIA Terminal 1

Mar 31, 2019 - 9:45 PM

Philippine Airlines says 'these operational adjustments are being carried out to help minimize passenger congestion'

Philippine Airlines offering 30MB of complimentary inflight WiFi

Mar 13, 2019 - 7:26 PM

The current 30 MB data allocation doubles the 15MB limit which began in 2017

Photo from Philippine Airlines


Aside from ANA, PAL not getting other foreign investors yet

Feb 27, 2019 - 2:05 PM

Philippine Airlines says it is still in talks with ANA Holdings and could reach a final agreement by March

NEW SERVICES. PAL President and CEO Jaime Bautista talks to the media after the launch of the new Premium Economy Class. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

PAL offers one-way fares as low as P78 on March 1

Feb 27, 2019 - 1:35 PM

Philippine Airlines is having a promo from March 1 to March 10

NEW AIRCRAFT. The new Airbus A350 Love Bus order of the Philippine Airlines arrives in Manila. Photo from PAL

Philippine Airlines to fly SEA Games 2019 athletes to Manila

Feb 14, 2019 - 2:49 PM

Flag-carrier Philippine Airlines will be flying sport leaders from the 10 other participating countries in the 2019 SEA Games to Manila

OFFICIAL CARRIER. Philippine Airlines signs a partnership agreement with Philippine sports officials granting them the official carrier status for the 2019 SEA Games. Photo from Philippine Airlines

Japan's biggest airline ANA buys 9.5% of PAL shares

Jan 29, 2019 - 3:23 PM

Philippine Airlines says the shares will be acquired from Trustmark Holdings Corporation, which is owned by Lucio Tan's family

MINOR SHAREHOLDER. The parent firm of All Nippon Airways acquires a minority stake in PAL Holdings. ANA photo from its Instagram account, PAL photo from the airline

Japan's biggest airline ANA 'in talks' to invest in PAL

Jan 23, 2019 - 8:45 PM

Philippine Airlines says there is 'no definite agreement' yet with any firm, but maintains that it has 'always been open to the possibility of a strategic investor'

MINOR SHAREHOLDER? Japan's All Nippon Airways parent firm may soon acquire a minority stake at PAL Holdings. ANA photo from their Instagram account, PAL photo

LIST: Airline seat sale in January 2019

Jan 11, 2019 - 6:20 PM

Here are the airlines offering cheaper fares this January 2019

REHABILITATION. Establishments found to be violating environmental laws will be shut down by the government. Photo from Shutterstock

Philippine Airlines launches more flights to Cambodia, Vietnam

Jan 08, 2019 - 2:36 PM

The Philippine flag carrier will launch flights from Manila to Phnom Penh in Cambodia and Hanoi in Vietnam this summer

CAMBODIA. The Royal Palace in Phnom Penh is the residence of the King. Wikicommons photo by Jean-Pierre Dalbéra

Philippine Airlines celebrates Christmas togetherness with “Regalo”

Dec 14, 2018 - 12:54 PM

It's their way to honor the sacrifices of our OFWs and their families longing to spend the holidays with them in the Philippines

PAL's Mabuhay Maritime to offer Kalibo-Boracay ferry service

Oct 23, 2018 - 7:50 PM

The ferry service seeks to provide seamless travel from the Kalibo International Airport to Boracay

MODERN FACILITIES. PAL's Mabuhay Maritime Express will soon offer Kalibo to Boracay ferry service. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

Canceled PH flights to and from Osaka due to typhoon Jebi, September 5

Sep 04, 2018 - 7:47 PM

Philipine Airlines says in its advisory it is anticipating further disruptions to flights to and from Kansai as Typhoon Jebi batters Osaka

CLOSED DUE TO TYPHOON. Kansai International Airport is closed due to typhoon Jebi, prompting cancellations to and from Osaka, Japan. Photo by Shutterstock.

Canceled PH flights to and from Osaka due to Typhoon Jebi, September 4

Sep 04, 2018 - 5:30 PM

(UPDATED) Typhoon Jebi causes the temporary closure of Kansai International Airport, disrupting a number of flights to and from it

CANCELLED FLIGHTS. A Philippine Airlines plane at Kansai International Airport in Osaka. Photo from Shutterstock.

The PAL flip-flops of Supreme Court Justices Peralta, Bersamin

Aug 20, 2018 - 6:58 PM

Two chief justice applicants change their votes to hand Philippine Airlines a victory. A dissenter says it besmirches the legitimacy of the Supreme Court.

Witnesses Supreme Court Associate Justice Diosdado Peralta (right), and Lucas Bersamin (left) attends the house hearing on Determination of probable cause in relation to the verified complaint for impeachment against Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno on January 15, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Dumaguete airport runway closed after PAL plane blows tire

Aug 14, 2018 - 10:55 AM

All 113 adults, 2 infants, and 6 flight crew aboard the Philippine Airlines plane are safe

Photo from the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines

Canceled Japan flights due to Typhoon Shanshan

Aug 08, 2018 - 2:35 PM

Typhoon Shanshan is heading for Japan, prompting the cancellation of certain flights on Wednesday, August 8, and Thursday, August 9

CA upholds PAL's early retirement of female flight attendants

Jul 16, 2018 - 6:51 PM

A 20-page decision from Associate Justice Jhosep Lopez reverses the decision of the Makati regional trial court that says that an earlier retirement age for the female flight attendants is discriminatory

PAL to fly Clark-Siargao starting July 1

Jun 30, 2018 - 8:45 PM

Philippine Airlines also says that starting October 28 this year, regular flights will also be launched from Clark to San Vicente in Northern Palawan, Cauayan in Isabela, and San Jose in Mindoro

NEW FLIGHT. Philippine Airlines will now have daily service from Clark to Siargao. Shutterstock photo

LOOK: Philippine Airlines gets 1st aircraft under fleet renewal program

Jun 01, 2018 - 4:25 PM

It is one of the 21 A321neos PAL is getting from Airbus, and will be deployed across the Asia-Pacific region

TWO-CLASS LAYOUT. The Philippine Airlines’ A321neo has 12 business class seats and 154 seats in the main cabin. PAL photo

Business group to gov't: Issue Boracay EO, declare state of calamity

Apr 25, 2018 - 2:34 PM

'We hope that rehabilitation work will be done efficiently to minimize the impact [of the closure],' the Boracay Foundation, Incorporated says in a statement

BORACAY CLOSURE. A business group urges the national government to issue the executive order on Boracay's closure, and to declare state of calamity in the island. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

With new fleet, PAL readies nonstop flights to New York, India

Apr 15, 2018 - 9:45 PM

Philippine Airlines president Jaime Bautista says introducing new routes to India is the airline's response to the call of Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo for a direct link to the country – a potentially rich source of future tourists for the Philippines

MORE FLIGHTS. PAL is also planning to launch international routes directly from Davao International Airport, to Bangkok or a point in Japan. Stock photo of Rappler

PAL’s talks with 'strategic' investor moving forward

Apr 12, 2018 - 9:44 PM

‘They are strategic investors, so they can be part of the board, they can help us develop certain markets,’ says PAL president Jaime Bautista

Boracay closure to benefit Mindanao – airlines

Apr 12, 2018 - 6:59 PM

As the government rehabilitates Boracay, airlines that have canceled flights to the island are expected to entice travelers to consider other destinations, including those in Mindanao

IDYLLIC. The white sand beach of Siargao Island. Photo by Mclovin'tosh/Wikimedia Commons

PAL to suspend Kuwait flights starting May 16

Apr 08, 2018 - 1:45 PM

Philippine Airlines says 'the ongoing slowdown in OFW travel to Kuwait has made regular operations economically unsustainable'

LIST: Proposed NAIA terminal reassignments for airlines

Apr 03, 2018 - 6:15 PM

Check out the new terminal assignments being planned for airlines at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport, which could take effect by September this year

PAL Express completes IATA safety audit

Mar 27, 2018 - 8:30 PM

Philippine Airlines says the IATA Operational Safety Audit 'is recognized as the gold standard in airline safety assessments'

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PAL-FASAP case: 'SC is blind to plight of poor workers'

Mar 27, 2018 - 2:21 PM

FASAP says a senior flight attendant with a spotless record was retrenched due to a post-pregnancy leave from work

LABOR RIGHTS. The Flight Attendants and Stewards Association of the Philippines (FASAP) slams the recent Supreme Court ruling that overturned previous 2 labor victories in a controversial case of flip-flop for the court.