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Air Philippines
Air Philippines logo.svg
Founded 1995
Fleet size 10
Destinations 8
Company slogan Fly with us!
Parent company PAL Holdings, Inc.
Headquarters Pasay City, Philippines
Key people
  • Domingo T. Chua (Chairman)
  • Capt. Edilberto R. Medina (President and CEO)

Air Philippines Corporation is a low-cost airline based in Pasay City, Manila, the Philippines. It operates extensive domestic scheduled services from Manila and Cebu. Air Philippines is operating all PAL Express flights on behalf of their parent company, Philippine Airlines.



A photo of a B737-200adv at Tuguegarao Airport
An Air Philippines B737-200 at Legazpi Airport, Albay.

Air Philippines was incorporated on 13 February 1995, with the base of operations being the former Naval Air Station Cubi Point. Flight operations started on 1 February 1996 with a Boeing 737-200 between Subic Bay, Iloilo and Zamboanga. In April 1996 six NAMC YS-11 aircraft were delivered. In 1997 the airline carried over 675,000 passengers and over 773,000 in 1998. In September 1998 the airline was temporarily grounded by the Philippine Air Transportation Office, but was reactivated when U-Land agreed to purchase a stake. In March 1999, Air Philippines was granted approval to operate international services to Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and the USA.

In May 2001 two Boeing 737-300 aircraft were delivered. In mid-2002 charter flights were started from Subic Bay and Laoag City to Hong Kong. Passenger numbers carried rose to nearly 881,000 in 2002. In July 2004 charter flights started from Subic Bay to Guangzhou.[1]

Air Philippines significantly increased ties with Philippine Airlines (PAL), including the merging of frequent flier plans, timetables, and ticket sales. Air Philippines also recently moved into the PAL terminal at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (Manila). Some of PAL's major stockowners are also owners of Air Philippines.Though Air Philippines will officially cease to be part of the Philippine Airlines Frequent Flier Programme "Mabuhay Miles" as of the 1st of October, 2007.[2] Air Philippines has said that they chose to back out of the Mabuhay Miles program to benefit their passengers, so rather than flying numerous flights to gain miles and wait to a certain point to receive bonuses, passengers can benefit with lower fares and more discounts with quicker bonuses, much more like today's modern day low-cost airline.

Air Philippines also boasts a number of regional and international airline awards, Air Philippines has been Awarded as "Most Outstanding Domestic Airline" four times by the Consumers Union of the Philippines[3] and numerous other Regional Awards.

On July 24, 2008, it moved all its operations to terminal 3 of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport.

On August 31, 2009, Air Philippines ceased all operations and folded operations into Philippine Airlines and PAL Express.

On October 27, 2009, Air Philippines is now operating all PAL Express flights on behalf of Philippine Airlines.

Incidents and accidents

  • On June 24, 1996, an Air Philippines YS-11 aircraft struck a ground power unit while taxiing at Naga Airport (WNP). The aircraft caught fire. There were no fatalities among the 34 aircraft occupants.[6]




Historic Fleet

Air Philippines Fleet
Aircraft Total (Firm orders) Passengers
Boeing 737-200 8 118
Bombardier Dash 8 300 3 50 First aircraft delivered on 11 December 2007. Operated for PAL Express.
NAMC YS-11 3 64 These aircraft remain unused

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