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Philippine Airlines To Purchase Regional Carrier  
User currently offlinejasp25 From United States of America, joined Aug 2007, 616 posts, RR: 1
Posted (3 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 4956 times:

Interesting, I wonder what airline they'll be purchasing.. I read somewhere this strategy is to enable PAL to circle around the category 2 restriction on Philippine-based carrier.

MANILA (Reuters) - Diversified conglomerate San Miguel Corp (SMC.PS) wants to expand its airline business via a regional acquisition and by growing its fleet as it seeks to reclaim the top position its unit Philippine Airlines (PAL.PS) lost to budget carrier rivals.

Source: http://uk.mobile.reuters.com/article/idUKBRE85D0PF20120614?irpc=932

-peace and chicken grease!
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User currently offlinescbriml From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2003, 15369 posts, RR: 45
Reply 1, posted (3 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 4763 times:
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I thought I'd read recently that Philippines was close to getting Cat 1 again?

However, having visited in March and seen some examples of aircraft "maintenance" in progress, I think it may be a while yet.  Wow!

Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana!
User currently offlinerfields5421 From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 7887 posts, RR: 32
Reply 2, posted (3 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 4631 times:

PAL has a regional low cost feeder.

Originally it was Air Philippines. About 3 years ago, that was folded and began operations as PAL Express with Dash 8s and now they are operating as AirPhil Express - with a mix of Dash 8s and A320s.

They don't need to acquire a regional carrier - they already operate one - and have orders in place for several new aircraft (A320) due in 2013.

User currently offlineThomas_Jaeger From Switzerland, joined Apr 2002, 2471 posts, RR: 25
Reply 3, posted (3 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 4007 times:

The way I interpret the articles I have read about this by regional he meant a foreign carrier outside the Philippines but in South East Asia. No ideas yet on who that could be as I doubt they would have the financial strength or management capabilities to buy a large carrier.

Swiss aviation news junkie living all over the place
User currently offlinejasp25 From United States of America, joined Aug 2007, 616 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (3 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 3691 times:

That's how I interpret too Thomas.. This is to acquire potential future assets and circumvent the FAA restrictions imposed on Philippines-based carrier. With a foreign operating carrier license they could then mount more flights to the US using a non-Filipino license.

-peace and chicken grease!
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