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Philippine Airlines history

Posted on: 19/01/2013

Philippine Airlines history


Out of its hubs at Ninoy Aquino International Airport of Manila and Mactan-Cebu International Airport of Cebu City, Philippine Airlines serves twenty destinations in the Philippines and 26 destinations in Southeast Asia, South Asia, East Asia, Oceania and North America.

Philippine Airline’s first flight took place on March 15, 1941 with a single Beech craft Model 18 NPC-54 on daily services between Manila (from Nielson Field) and Baguio. On July 22 the airline acquired the franchise of the Philippine Aerial Taxi Company. Government investment in September paved the way for its nationalization.

In 1954 the Philippine government suspended all long-haul international flights, only to resume five years later, when the government decided that it was a matter of national policy.

In the 1960s, Philippine Airlines entered the jet age, initially with a lone Boeing 707, later replaced with Douglas DC-8 aircraft leased from KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, used for long-haul international flights to Europe and the United States.

Between 1979 and 1981, Philippine Airlines built a series of mammoth aviation-related facilities. These included the PAL Technical Center, the PAL Inflight Center, the PAL Data Center and the PAL Aviation School.

Philippine Airlines was privatized again in January 1992, when the government sold a 67% share of Philippine Airlines to a holding company called PR Holdings. In 2004, Philippine Airlines launched services to Las Vegas to mark its 63rd year of service. In that same year, the Philippine Airlines entered into code share agreements with Air France and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines for services to Paris and Amsterdam, respectively.

On April 4, 2012, San Miguel Corporation bought a 49-percent stake in Philippine Airlines for $500 million as part of a strategy to move away from its beer and food businesses.


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