Philippine Airlines, also known as PAL, is the Filipino flag carrier. The company started their operations in February 1941, which makes PAL the oldest and longest-serving airline in south-east Asia.
Philippine Airlines is today a private company owned by the San Miguel Corporation, one of the larget Filipino conglomerates. Mr Ramon Ang is the current company CEO.
As of January 2014, PAL operates to/from thirtyone domestic airports and thirtysix international destinations.
Under San Miguel's partial ownership, PAL embarked on expanding its route network, involving both adding new and restoring previously terminated routes. In 2013, the airline announced its return to Abu Dhabi, Dammam and Riyadh, and launched new routes to Brisbane and Perth (via Darwin), as well as Doha, Dubai and Jeddah. In 2013, PAL was removed from the EU aviation blacklist after three years of negotiations, and the carrier immediately announced its European plans.PAL subsequently launched flights between Manila and Heathrow to commence in November 2013, its first European destination in 15 years.
As of January 2014, PAL currently operates the following international routes: Abu Dhabi, Bangkok, Beijing, Brisbane, Busan, Dammam, Darwin, Denpasar, Dubai, Fukuoka, Guam, Guangzhou, Hangzhou, Ho Chi Minh City, Hong Kong, Honolulu, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, London, Los Angeles, Macau, Melbourne, Nagoya, Osaka, Riyadh, San Francisco, Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore, Sydney, Taipei, Tokyo, Toronto, Vancouver, Xiamen. Philippine Airlines serve either directly or through its controlled PAL Express the following domestic destinations: Bacolod, Basco, Busuanga, Butuan, Cagayan de Oro, Calbayog, Catarman, Caticlan, Cebu, Cotabato, Davao, Dipolog, Dumaguete, General Santos, Iloilo, Jolo, Kalibo, Laoag, Legazpi, Manila, Masbate, Naga, Ozamiz, Puerto Princesa, Roxas, Surigao, Tacloban, Tagbilaran, Tawi-Tawi, Tuguegarao, Zamboanga.
Philippine Airlines fleet (excluding all PAL Express aircraft) is as follows:
- 6 Boeing 777-300ER
- 4 Boeing 747
- 8 Airbus A340-300
- 14 Airbus A330-300
- 6 Airbus A321-200
- 20 Airbus A320-200
- 4 Airbus A319-100
Philippine Airlines ordered additional 10 Airbus 321neo which will be delivered in the course of 2015. The average age of PAL fleet, as of December 2013, was 8.9 years.