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Air Philippines : Airline Company In Evolution To Fly Filipinos Locally And Abroad

Air Philippines Corporation, commonly known as Air Philippines is among the low-cost airlines which are operating in the Philippines. The airline is based in Pasay City in Metro, Manila. It operates wide-ranging domestic scheduled services from both Manila and Cebu.

The chief base of the airline is located in Subic Bay International Airport along with a center in NAIA or Ninoy Aquino Inter0national Airport in Metro Manila.

The key persons in this major airline in the Philippines are the following:

* Domingo T. Chua as the Chairman, and;
* Captain Edilberto R. Medina as the President and Chief Executive Officer

Air Philippines company catchphrase is "Fly with us!"

* February 13, 1995 - This airline was incorporated together with the base of operation as the Former Naval Air Station Cubi Point in.
* February 1, 1996 - On the other hand, the flights started to operate in. It started with the Boeing 7373-200 which flew between Zamboanga, Iloilo and Subic Bay.
* April 1996 - 6 NAMC YS-11 aircrafts were bought.
* 1997 - The airline transported more than 650, 000 passengers and more than 773, 00 in 1998.
* September 1998 - It was momentarily grounded by the Philippine Air Transportation Office. Nevertheless, it returned to operation upon the agreement of U-Land to purchase a stake.
* March 1999 - the airline was provided with an approval for its operation outside ODF the country, as in international services towards these countries:

o Hong Kong
o Taiwan
o South Korea, and;
o Japan

* May 2001 - there are 2 Boeing 737-300 aircrafts which were brought.
* Mid 2002 - the charter flights from this airline started to operate from Laoag City and Subic Bay to Hong Kong. By this time, the number of passengers rose to more than 800, 000
* July 2004 - the charter flight towards Guangzhou in China from Subic Bay were starting to operate.

Together with Philippine Airlines (PAL), it considerably increased ties. Among them are the combining of:

* ticket sales
* frequent flier plans
* timetables

Along with the merging, this airline also relocated at the PAL terminal at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), Manila. This also made the top stock owners of PAL the same stock owners of Air Philippines. This became the agreement although the airline will formally stop to be a part of the PAL Frequent Flier Programme which is the Mabuhay Miles from the first day of October 2007.

Then, it declared that they backed out of the Mabuhay Miles of Philippine Airlines in order to benefit their own passengers. Thus, instead of flying many flights just to acquire miles and to wait for particular passengers points to gain bonuses, the passengers can take advantage of the low fares and more discounts along with faster bonuses, just like the modern-day low-cost airlines today.

The destinations within the country are the following:

* Luzon
o Naga - Naga Airport
o Manila- Ninoy Aquino International Airport
o Puerto Princesa - Puerto Princesa Airport

* Visayas
o Iloilo - Iloilo International Airport
o Cebu - Mactan-Cebu International Airport

* Mindanao
o Davao (Francisco Bangoy International Airport)
o Cagayan de Oro - Lumbia Airport
o Ozamis - Labo Airport

It uses the following fleet:

* Boeing 737-200 - with a total of 118 passengers
* Bombardier Dash 8 300 - carries 50 passengers
These aircraft arrived in Manila in December 2007
* NAMC YS-11 - carries up to 64 passengers, although these aircraft remained to be unused

In July 2008, Air Philippines relocated its entire operations at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3.





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