Joining the “Big” League
PAL elevates the passenger experience with the introduction of the Boeing 747 for transpacific and European services, along with the twinjet Airbus A300 for regional services. The carrier continues to modernize its domestic fleet with Fokker 50s, Shorts SD 360s and the best-selling Boeing 737.
January 04, 1980
The Jumbo Jet Era. PAL began flying the Boeing 747-200 on trans-Pacific services to San Francisco via Honolulu. The PAL B747s boasted 14 full-length in an upper deck Cloud Nine cabin, the first airline beds to be fully certificated for use during take-off and landing.
February 17-23, 1981
PAL served the Papacy when Saint (then Pope) John Paul II came to the Philippines on a 6-day pastoral visit. Three PAL aircraft, namely a Boeing 727-200, a McDonnell Douglas DC-10 and a NAMC YS-11, proudly wore Viva Il Papa decals as they carried out the papal mission, covering 7,954 kilometers with domestic flights to Cebu, Davao, Bacolod, Iloilo, Legazpi, Subic Bay, and Baguio, as well as foreign legs to Guam and Tokyo..
October 13, 1984
PAL achieved the 50,000,000 in revenue passengers carried. The 50 millionth passenger flew onboard PR485, from Cebu to .
July 01, 1986
PAL unveiled its current corporate identity, designed by Landor Associates, featuring an abstraction of three key elements of the national flag a striking livery that continues to inspire pride and evoke homecoming when seen on the tailfins of PAL aircraft overseas.
March 01, 1987
PAL introduced flights to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, as part of its mission to serve the growing population of overseas Filipino workers based in the Middle East and around the world.
May 01, 1987
PAL introduced the Shorts SD 360 “” for turboprop services from Cebu to points in the Visayas and Mindanao region.
September 14, 1987
PAL undertook its first in-house B747 D-Check at the PAL Technical Center in Manila -- the biggest aircraft overhaul job in the company's history. For PAL’s B747-200 N743PR, the scope of work included repainting to reflect the new rising sun livery and introduction of a new cabin interior designed by Landor.
February 07, 1988
PAL introduced Cebu – Tokyo Narita flights with an Airbus A300.
September 24, 1988
PAL introduced the Fokker 50 into service as the primary turboprop for domestic routes.
October 29, 1989
PAL introduced its pioneer code share agreement with Trans World Airlines (TWA) for services to New York JFK via San Francisco and Los Angeles. This was the first code share agreement forged by PAL with any airline.
August 28, 1989
September 01, 1989