Philippine Airline is historically the first and official flag carrier of the Philippines. It was established in 1941 by tycoon Andres Soriano. Its first flight took place on March 15, 1941 by their sole aircraft single Beechcraft Model, the 18 NPC-54 with daily flight services between Manila and Baguio. The firm acquired the franchise of PATCO on the same year which means the airline was nationalized by the Government. Its operation was then smooth until the airline was forced into military service. The two aircraft was utilized in the evacuation of American fighter to Australia. Unfortunately the war has destroyed both the first airplanes of PAL. One was shot in Mindanao and the other was destroyed in ground level during an air raid in Surabaya, Indonesia.
Although the country’s finest airport was devastatingly affected due to war atrocities, Philippine Airline resumed its operation after long five years on hiatus. It again started to fly in the sky with their five units of Douglas DC-3 servicing in 15 domestic destinations. On that time there were 108 employees in the payroll. Furthermore, Philippine Airline returned to its original home, in Nielsen Fields in Makati. With the return, Philippine Airline became the official carrier of the country. The airline is renowned for its on-time performance and customer service which makes it a name to reckon with.
Philippine Airlines have its first in the record too. Philippine Airline is the first and oldest airlines in Asia. In July 31, 1946 PAL became the first Asian airline to safely cross the depths of Pacific Ocean when a chartered Douglas DC-4 had ferried 40 American servicemen to Oakland, California from Nielsen Airport, with stop overs in Guam, Wake Island, Honolulu and Johnston. . On the same year a regular flight from Manila to San Francisco.
PAL continues its financial turnaround with a total comprehensive income of $85 million for the first quarter (January to March) of 2015. The profit is credited to the increase in passenger traffic following the opening of several domestic and international destinations, as well as aggressive sales and marketing campaigns that resulted in improved yields.
Out of its hubs at Ninoy Aquino International Airport of Manila and Mactan-Cebu International Airport of Cebu City, Philippine Airlines serves nineteen destinations in the Philippines and 24 destinations in Southeast Asia, Middle East, East Asia, Oceania and North America.
Philippine Airlines fleet consists of 4 Airbus A319-100, 15 Airbus A320-200, 8 Airbus A330-300, 4 Airbus A340-300, 5 Boeing 747-400 and 2 Boeing 777-300ER.
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