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Philippine Airlines (PR/PAL) is a national flag carrier of the Philippines. It was founded in 1941 as Philippine Air Lines, Inc. by one of Philippine’s major industrialists, Andres Soriano, after acquiring Philippine Aerial Taxi Company. Philippine Airlines is Asia’s first commercial airline operating under its original name since the very beginning. The airline’s mission is to co-build the nation through aviation services.
In March 1941, Philippine Airlines commenced its first commercial flight with its profound slogan “Asia’s First Airline”. Today, it serves an extensive route network that reaches 31 international and 29 domestic destinations.
Not only known as Asia’s first airline, Philippine Airlines became the first airline in Asia crossing the Pacific Ocean in July 1946. This milestone then designated PAL as the flag carrier of the Philippines.
Besides commercial flight, the country’s flag carrier also operates few other extensive aviation facilities like pilot & cabin crew training academy named PAL Aviation School, PAL Technical Center and PAL Learning Center. In addition, there are cargo & catering services, data center and flight simulator.
As a premium carrier, Philippine Airlines offers 2 travel classes: Business (Mabuhay Class) and Economy (Fiesta Class). In Fiesta Class, each passenger seat is equipped with enhanced AVOD (Audio Visual On Demand) with 9-inch monitors and seat pitch between 32-34 inches. The seats in 777-300ER also feature a USB port for electronic devices. In May 2009, Philippine Airlines was the airline that first introduces Mobile booking in the^ country. A year later, it became the most trusted airline brand in the Philippines through Asia-wide survey conducted by Reader’s Digest.
Philippine Airlines provides cheap flight tickets without compromising their premium service. The company also serves their customers through promo tickets. Philippine airlines offers their promo tickets during certain periods based on destination, so you can get cheap Philippine Airlines ticket.
Checked baggage allowance may vary depending on flight sector and travel class. For cabin baggage, each passenger is allowed one piece with weight up to 7 kg. Philippine Airlines’ in-flight meal is guaranteed to give wonderful dining experience presented by key chefs. For flights longer than 45 minutes (except turbo prop flights), passengers get snacks and meal.
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The story of Philippine Airlines as Asia’s first airline dates back to 1935 as a cargo and passenger service called Philippine Aerial Taxi Company Inc. (PATCO) commenced its operation.
In 1941, Philippine Airlines commenced its first commercial flight using only a twin-engine 5-seater Beechcraft Model 18 NPC 54 serving daily route between Makati and Baguio. In July, the airline’s leaders decided to acquired the franchise of PATCO, supported by the government shortly after that.
During World War II (1941-1945), all aircrafts and pilots of Philippine Airlines were assigned into military service. The airline’s operation were temporarily in hiatus during the war.
Soon after war ended in 1946, Philippine Airlines continued to operate by serving 15 domestic destinations 5 aircrafts of Douglas DC-3. The headquarter in Nielson Field, Luzon, was refurbished for the preparation of becoming the national port of entry into the Philippines.
In July 1946, Philippine Airlines became the pioneer in Asia that flew across the Pacific using a chartered Douglas DC-4. Two months later, the airline started to serve routes to Hong Kong and Shanghai with Douglas DC-3. By the end of 1946, Philippine Airlines extended its flight destination to San Francisco.
In May 1947, Philippine Airlines became Southeast Asia’s first airline that flies to Europe, initially opening routes to Madrid and Rome. London was then added to the list by the end of the same year.
In June 1962, the flag carrier entered the jet age by purchasing DC-8 jetliners, then started the flight to Singapore 3 years later using the new aircraft.
An important milestone took place in 1974 as two other airlines - Filipinas Orient Airlines (FOA) and Air Manila Inc. (AMI) were brought to closure. Philippine Airlines acquired the entire aircraft and employees of the two airlines.
At the beginning of the Millenium, Philippine Airlines introduced a series of new features: Mabuhay Miles frequent flyer program in 2002, access to real-time online departure and arrival information in 2003, offered online booking services to PAL’s Japanese website and launched e-ticketing in 2004, which then implemented entirely in all its network in 2007.
Recently in March 2012, Philippine Airlines started to operate direct flights from Manila to Indonesia’s most popular tourist destination, Bali. The airline provide business class and economic class. For the economic class, Philippine Airlines offer cheap flight tickets but they keep their standard as a premium carrier.
Philippine Airlines’ flight attendant uniform is designed to present elegance in style. The female flight attendant wears a white blouse, brownish grey blazer and knee-length skirt. Around the neck is a touch of white scarf with pink flower motives.
Passengers on flights longer than 45 minutes (except turbo prop flights) get snacks, hot meal as well as a variety of hot/cold drinks on board.