MILESTONES IN THE HISTORY OF PAL
Philippine Airlines is founded by a group of businessmen led by
Andres Soriano, one of the country's leading industrialist.
Philippine Airlines starts operations with a single Beech Model
18 aircraft making one flight daily between Manila and Baguio.
Government invests in PAL paving the way for the airline's nationalization.
PAL president revives operation after the war.
PAL resumes operations with services to 15 domestic points. Its
fleet consisted of five Douglas DC-3s.
A chartered DC-4 ferries 40 American servicemen to California,
making PAL the first Asian airline to cross the Pacific.
PAL starts regular service between Manila and San Francisco.
PAL opens route to Europe with the acquisition of DC-4s.
PAL starts services of Convair 340 to Hongkong, Bangkok and Taipei.
PAL enters the jet age with the introduction of DC-8 jetliners.
Government relinquishes control of PAL. Benigno Toda, Jr., board
chairman since 1962, acquires majority stake in the airline.
Twin engine BAC1-11 series 400 services Cebu, Bacolod and Davao
when Viscounts were sold.
PAL advances into the widebody era with the acquisition of its
Government reassures control of PAL with Government Service Insurance
System holding majority shares.
Boeing 727 trijet joins the PAL fleet.
PALs first super widebody Boeing 747-200 arrives.
The Love Bus, PALs first Airbus A300-B4, goes into service
on a flight to Singapore.
PAL commences flights to Paris from Manila and Zurich.
PAL president launches a massive modernization of the domestic
flight. Domestic fleet welcomes Shorts SD360.
PAL acquires Fokker 50.
Boeing 737-300 jet becomes part of PAL fleet.
Government privatizes PAL. PR Holdings acquires 67% stake.
Resolution of a representation issue with PR Holdings results
in the election of former Secretary of Agriculture, Carlos G.
Dominguez, as PAL president.
PALs first B747-400, carrying Pres. Fidel V. Ramos home
from a state visit to the US, touches down at Subic International
Lucio C. Tan, majority stockholder of PR Holdings became Chairman
and Chief Executive Officer replacing Carlos G. Dominguez who
remained as board member.
PALs A340-300 rolls out of Airbus Industries manufacturing
facility in Toulouse, France.
PAL consolidates its domestic and international operations in
one hub for the first time in history, at Ninoy Aquino International
Airport Centennial Terminal 2.
PAL declares a net income of P44.2 million for the fiscal year
ended March 31, 2000. The result snaps six straight years of massive
net losses and produces one of the most dramatic turnarounds in
the history of Philippine business.
PAL and Lufthansa Technik Philippines (LTP) sign two landmark
agreements transferring ownership of PALs maintenance and
engineering unit to LT, while ensuring that the flag carriers
long-term maintenance needs remained attended to.
PAL introduces its "email booking" facility allowing
passengers to request for booking with a 24-hour reply from its
PAL reports a profit of P419 million at the end of the second
year under Rehabilitation. PAL was able to pump up revenues, ride
out expenses and take advantage of efficiencies during a difficult
year for the aviation industry. PAL resumes services to Sydney,
Busan, Taipei and Jakarta expanding network to 16 points in nine
PAL launches its Internet Booking service that allows a passenger
to book and pay for a flight online and receive instant confirmation.
Philippine Airlines returns to Canada after an absence of three
years when it starts a direct service between Manila and Vancouver,
British Columbia on April 3, 2001.
PAL resumes flights to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam after a gap of
PAL begins its regular operations to three new Asia Pacific destinations
- Bangkok, Shanghai and Melbourne as part of its modest network
PAL resumes services to Tagbilaran, Bohol.
PAL returns to Guam since it pulled-out from the route in 1993.
The addition of this point sweeps the PAL international network
to 21 points in 13 countries and territories.