One commitment of the Philippine Airlines is to give world-class service to all its passengers. They make sure that every flying experience is comfortable, safe and hassle-free. If you want this, fly PAL.
Philippine Airlines (PAL) is first known as Philippine Aerial Taxi Company when it was founded on November 14, 1935. On February 26, 1941, it became known as Philippine Air Lines. It commenced its operations on March 15, 1941. It is the flag carrier of the Philippines and is the first and oldest commercial airline in Asia.
It has hubs at Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila and Mactan-Cebu International Airport in Cebu. It is able to serve 31 destinations in the Philippines and 36 overseas destinations in East Asia, Southeast Asia, Middle East, Oceania, North America and Europe.
It is formerly the largest Asian airlines but it was severely affected by the 1997 Asian Financial Crisis. It was forced to downsize its international operations thus cutting the flights to Europe and Middle East. It also meant cutting virtually all domestic flights except those operated from Manila thus reducing its fleet. Lastly, it meant laying off thousands of employees.
It was placed under receivership in 1998 and gradually restored its operations to some destinations. It only exited receivership in 2007 and went through a brief management takeover by San Miguel group in 2012 until 2014.
Today, Philippine Airline’s fleet consists of aircraft with an average age of 3.5 years. All of the aircraft were delivered to PAL or leased from GECAS brand new with the exception of six Airbus A340-300?s. PAL has 10 Airbus A320-200, 10 Airbus A321neo, 11 Airbus A321-200, 11 Airbus A330-300, 8 Airbus A340-300 and 6 Boeing 777-300ER.
PAL had codeshare agreements with airlines that include: Nippon Airways, Emirates, Cathay Pacific, Gulf Air, Malaysia Airlines, Etihad Airways and PAL Express.
PAL operates two hubs in Manila and Cebu majority of which are flown from Manila. It flies to destinations in Asia-Pacific, Australia and North America. It also operates two non-hub routes in Darwin-Brisbane and Vancouver-Toronto.
PAL is the only airlines in the Philippines with luxurious lounge exclusive for elite, premier elite and million miler members. The amenities inside the lounge offer fantastic experience for the high class passengers while waiting to go on board.
Just like other airline companies, PAL also have special promotional discounts on their regular fare. Members just need to watch out for it.
Domestic operations for some destinations have been taken over by Airphil Express (PAL Express) while others have been stopped altogether.