Passengers holding tickets issued before 26 September 2009 with confirmed bookings from 26 September to 04 October 2009 on Philippine Airlines domestic flights to/from Manila or from Manila to an international destination, will not be charged any penalty when rebooking for the next available flight on the same class of service.

Free PAL airlift of donations for Ondoy victims

Philippine Airlines will airlift for free all relief donations intended for victims of typhoon Ondoy. All provincial PAL stations will load on flights bound for Manila any bulk cargo box containing donations addressed to reputable, non-profit, charitable organizations in Manila.

To maximize the cargo load of the aircraft, PAL station heads will be verifying and limiting the contents of the donation boxes to items of value and use, and exclude such donations as expired food and medicines, water, rice (due to weight considerations) and unusable stuff.

Complete information of the consignee organization must be supplied with the cargo box/container inscribed with "care of the PAL Foundation". Individual donations for private or personal families will not be accommodated.

Meanwhile, PAL passengers whose flights were affected by typhoon Ondoy will not be charged any penalties when rebooking for the next available flights.

PAL ticket holders with confirmed bookings from September 26 to October 4, 2009 will have all penalties waived when rebooking.

Bem-Vindo a Macau

A limited, low-fare package tour of Macau – dubbed Bem-vindo a Macau ("Macau Welcomes You") – is being offered by Philippine Airlines at only US$206 per person.

The Macau package – part of PAL's Swingaround tours – includes round-trip economy tickets, two nights hotel accommodation, airport transfers, a city tour of Macau with lunch, and daily breakfast.

The tour package with only limited seats is valid until December 31, 2009. The package may be bought until November 15 while departure dates must be between September 15 to December 17, 2009. Surcharges, fees, taxes and restrictions apply.

The special Macau tour package is the result of a joint undertaking of PAL and the Macau Government Tourist Office. PAL currently flies to Macau four times a week (Monday-Wednesday-Friday-Sunday) using the Airbus A320 aircraft.

For booking and inquiries, please call the PAL Reservations in Manila – 855-7777; in Cebu – (032) 340-0109; in Davao (082) 222-0366 or any PAL accredited travel agent, or visit

PAL employees to ask Labor dep’t to stop layoffs

Rank-and-file Philippine Airlines (PAL) employees will seek the Labor department’s help to stop the Lucio C. Tan-led company’s plan to outsource non-core services, which they claim could leave as much as 4,000 jobless.

The PAL Employees’ Association (PALEA) will file a request for preventive mediation at the National Conciliation and Mediation Board (NCMB) today following a deadlock in discussions regarding moves to spin-off or outsource services of 10 PAL departments.

"We will formally forward the issue to the labor department to keep PAL from pushing through with its plan next month," PALEA president Edgardo C. Oredina said in an interview.

In a notice sent to PALEA on Sept. 9, PAL president Jaime J. Bautista told union officials that certain services needed to be outsourced or spun off "to prevent the company from incurring further losses and to preserve its remaining assets."

The services to be initially outsourced by Nov. 15 include catering, passenger handling, ramp handling, and cargo-handling operations, the notice obtained said.

PAL is also studying the possibility of outsourcing other functions like information technology, revenue accounting, reservations and call centers, as well as medical and other human resources operations.

"The initial wave will cover 80% of our 4,000 members. [If PAL pushes through with the second plan], it will wipe us all out," Mr. Oredina said.

A PAL official who requested anonymity meanwhile described the labor union’s move as "over-reacting" and "preempting the moves of the management."

"There is already an ongoing offer for all our employees to avail themselves of an early retirement package which will be completed by end of this month to achieve the reduction in the work force, to make PAL a lean and mean company," he said.

The official said there were no concrete plans beyond that, and that management would only decide on its next course of action if it fails to achieve the "ideal number of work force."

"PALEA is moving ahead of the management. It is unlikely that we will outsource all those departments because most of them have technical requirements that need experience and expertise. How can PAL work if we lose all of them?" he asked.

PAL has more than 8,000 employees, half of whom belong to the rank-and-file union.

But Mr. Oredina said PAL has yet to offer early retirement packages.

"As early as 2000, PAL has been wanting to retain only its core operations and employees, which are only the pilots and the flight attendants," Mr. Oredina said.

PAL was in a similar situation more than a decade ago at the height of the Asian financial crisis. Suffering from financial woes, PAL was forced to cut flights and retrench thousands of employees, which was subsequently declared illegal by the Supreme Court.


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New Boeing 777s to boost PAL's long-haul service

Philippine Airlines will soon have the capability of flying farther, while consuming less fuel, when the Boeing 777-300ER – the most technologically advanced aircraft – joins the PAL fleet starting this November.

Randy J. Tinseth, Boeing vice president for Marketing, gave media a presentation today (September 11) on the advanced features of the B777-300ER (extended range) that PAL is acquiring, including the unique fuel cost efficiency of the only twin-engine airplane capable of flying long-haul.

With the B777-300ER, PAL can fly across the Pacific or to Australia with lesser fuel than the four-engine B747-400 or Airbus A340-300 which PAL currently deploys on these routes. "Fuel burn is considerably lower when compared to the A340-500 and A340-600," said Tinseth.

This is due to two large General Electric GE90-115BL engines that can provide as much as 115,000 pounds of thrust each.

Tagged as the largest long-range twin-engine jetliner, the B777-300ER incorporates several performance enhancements that extend its range and payload capabilities. It can carry 365 passengers to a distance of 14,685 kilometers – that's equivalent to flying to Los Angeles and back to Manila non-stop without refueling.

Tinseth said, "The jetliner's technologically advanced design includes raked wingtips that extend the wing by 6.5 feet and improve overall aerodynamic and fuel efficiency. The raked wingtips help reduce takeoff field length, increase climb performance and reduce fuel burn."

Another high-tech feature is a tail-strike protection software that helps prevent inadvertent scraping of the tail on the runway at takeoff or landing by commanding elevator movement if the airplane’s attitude exceeds preset limits.

The B777s also feature "the most spacious passenger cabin in its class, offering wider seats, wider aisles, more headroom and more seating flexibility," said Tinseth. The cabin is so spacious that a six-foot-two-inch passenger can pass easily under the center stowage cabin bins.

The cabin of PAL's B777-300ER is configured bi-class: 42 seats in Mabuhay Class and 328 in Fiesta Class, for a total of 370 seats. Business-class seats are 20 inches (50 cm) wide —the same width as the A340’s first-class seats. In economy class, 18.5-inch-wide (47 cm) seats — the widest in the industry — are standard compared to 17.2-inch-wide (44 cm) seats on the A340.

The aircraft features a unique overhead crew rest area (for pilots and cabin crew during long-haul flights) located above the passenger cabin, freeing up space for four to seven more seats in the cabin.

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PAL’s Airbus fleet uses FAA-mandated airspeed sensors

The entire Airbus fleet of Philippine Airlines (PAL) is equipped with airspeed sensors that are fully compliant with regulations set by the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

PAL vice president Arnulfo Agan made the disclosure following a September 3 FAA order mandating all US carriers operating Airbus A340 and A330 aircraft to replace their planes’ airspeed sensors manufactured by Thales, a European electronics firm. The FAA issued the directive amidst suspicions that Thales sensors played a role in the fatal crash of Air France flight AF447 that killed 228 passengers and crew.

“Our passengers can rest assured that the suspected faulty type of airspeed sensors – also known as pitot probe – is not installed in any A330/340 aircraft in the PAL fleet,” said Agan, head of PAL’s Aircraft Engineering Department which oversees the operations of Lufthansa Technik Philippines, PAL’s maintenance service provider.

The flag carrier operates four 264-seater A340-300 and eight 302-seater A330-300. The four-engine A340s are deployed on PAL’s long-haul routes, while the twin-engine A330s serve regional flights. PAL’s Airbus fleet also includes 18 A320s and four A319s.

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Sales and Ticketing Period: 04 September - 05 October 2009
Travel Period: 15 September - 10 December 2009

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PAL Board and Senior Officers

The following were elected to the Board of Directors of Philippine Airlines during today’s annual stockholders meeting:

Independent Directors

Regular Directors

During the organizational meeting of the Board, the following were elected key corporate officers:

Chairman & Chief Executive Officer – LUCIO C. TAN
Vice Chairman & Treasurer – HARRY C. TAN
Deputy Chief Executive Officer – HENRY SO UY
President & Chief Operating Officer – JAIME J. BAUTISTA
Corporate Secretary- EDUARDO R. CENIZA

At the annual meeting, PAL shareholders approved a quasi-reorganization plan, reducing the par value of PAL shares to P0.20 from P0.80 per share. It will also increase its authorized capital stock from P16 billion to P20 billion divided into 100 billion shares at P0.20 per share.

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PAL cuts costs to survive global recession

August 27, 2009

Following a US$301.4 million loss for its fiscal year ended March 31, 2009, Philippine Airlines (PAL) today (August 27, 2009) said it will take decisive steps like rationalizing its workforce, realigning operations to match demand and other cost-cutting measures to survive the crisis currently plaguing airlines worldwide.

During today’s annual stockholders meeting, PAL president and chief operating officer Jaime J. Bautista said the airline management will offer early retirement packages for its employees as a way of enhancing productivity and reducing costs.

“Extraordinary times call for extraordinary measures,” Bautista said, noting that PAL – as a global business – shares the same predicament as the giant airlines severely hit by the slowdown in passenger traffic.

“We are currently reviewing our entire organizational set-up. We want to make PAL lean and mean so it will be agile and flexible enough to adapt to the new economic climate. Clearly, the crisis has changed the face of the airline industry which is among the sectors hardest hit by the recession,” Bautista stressed.

As a purely private enterprise, he said PAL relies on the strength and backing of its principal shareholders, unlike state-owned airlines which enjoy support from their respective governments in times of crisis. “PAL must not always rely on its stockholders; it must do its part and look internally to overcome this new challenge,” he added.

As this developed, PAL shareholders approved a quasi-reorganization plan, reducing the par value of PAL shares to P0.20 from P0.80 per share. It will also increase its authorized capital stock from P16 billion to P20 billion divided into 100 billion shares at P0.20 per share.

PAL’s annual report showed an increase in revenues to US$1.634 billion, from US$1.504 billion the previous year, after carrying 17% more passengers due to acquisition of additional aircraft and growth in the domestic market.

However, the cost of operating more flights, which involved higher maintenance expense and compounded by record-high fuel prices, raised expenses to US$1.9 billion, from US$1.539 billion the previous year. Fuel comprised 44% of PAL's operating expenses.

When the global crisis led to a travel slump in the latter part of the year, PAL’s passenger load factor fell to an average of 76.2%, three points lower than the previous year.

PAL also reported paying US$165.4 million in principal and interest to its creditors, bringing to US$2.4 billion the total paid from March 1999 to March 2009. Total assets decreased by US$60.6 million to US$1.971 billion, while total liabilities rose by US$239.5 million over the previous year.

Bautista said PAL will continue to realign capacity to match demand especially in the domestic front due to increasing traffic. However, this is tempered by the weakness in PAL’s long-haul sector particularly the US market where the subprime crisis began.

“We must stress, however, that our cost-cutting measures will in no way infringe on our safety compliance and standards. We are eyeing new destinations either through charters or regular scheduled operations. We also expect to take delivery of our brand new and fuel-efficient Boeing 777-300ERs and we are in the final stages of refurbishing our current fleet of wide-bodied aircraft to feature a bi-class configuration, new seats and state-of-the-art entertainment systems. All these are being done to better serve our customers," he added.

With the protracted recession, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) said its member-airlines are bracing for US$9 billion in total combined losses by the end of the current fiscal year.

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