PAL's Story
An airline with a proud history and a promising future

August 28, 2012

PAL made history with its largest aircraft order, a USD 7 Billion deal for dozens of Airbus A330 widebody and A321 narrowbody aircraft.   


April 04, 2012

PAL entered into an agreement with San Miguel Equity Investments, Inc. (SMEII), a wholly-owned subsidiary of San Miguel Corporation, which bought a 49% stake of the airline for USD 500 million. 


November 30, 2012

PAL launched a pioneering service to Toronto, Canada, opening a gateway on the East Coast of North America after an absence of 15 years. 


June 1, 2013

Two routes touching three Australian cities are launched. Manila-Darwin-Brisbane vice-versa operates three times weekly while Manila-Darwin-Perth vice-versa flies four times weekly. Both routes utilize Airbus A320 jets. Darwin and Perth are maiden destinations for PAL while Brisbane was last served in October 2010.


July 16, 2013

PAL resumed flights to the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou (Canton), with four weekly flights flown by Airbus A320s.  


November 06, 2013

PAL returned to Europe with a 5x weekly nonstop service to London Heathrow after a 15-year hiatus. The service initially operated as a 15-hour B777-300ER leg overflying South Asia and the Middle East, until breakthrough aviation deals in 2014 allowed for overflights through Eastern and Central Russia, cutting flight time to just 13 hours.


October 23, 2014

The Lucio Tan Group regained control of the airline when it purchased back the 49% shares held by San Miguel Equity Investments, Inc. 


April 25, 2015

PAL launches a three-times-weekly service to Quanzhou’s Jinjiang Airport in Fujian province, China, the ancestral homeland of most Filipino-Chinese families. Airbus A320 aircraft are deployed on the route.


March 15, 2015

PAL resumed flights to New York, this time to JFK Airport, initially with one-stop flights via Vancouver.  


December 2, 2015

PAL introduced Auckland (New Zealand) and Cairns (Australia) to its international network with an Airbus A320-200.  PAL would upgrade the Auckland service to nonstop flights in December 2017, using A340s and later A330 aircraft.


June 13, 2017

PAL unveiled the first of eight reconfigured A330 Tri-Class aircraft, offering brand new Business Class, Premium Economy and Economy Class cabins with state of the art entertainment systems and extra comfort.


July 20, 2017

PAL accepted its first Bombardier Q400 “Next Generation” turboprop in Toronto, as the launch operator of the dual-class 86-seater aircraft.


August 01, 2017

The PAL Bombardier Q400NG flew its first commercial service between Cebu and Caticlan, gateway to Boracay.


September 20, 2017 

A PAL Airbus A340 with registry RP-C3438 flew to San Juan, Puerto Rico, to evacuate over 100 Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) from various parts of the Caribbean region affected by Hurricane Irma. 


February 08, 2018 

PAL was awarded a four-star rating from Skytrax after a major multi-year effort to upgrade services under a “Get That Star” program that involved departments and personnel from all over the company.  


June 01, 2018

PAL took delivery of its first Airbus A321NEO aircraft, enabling nonstop narrowbody flights on long-range routes from the Philippines to Australia, northern Japan and other points in the Asia Pacific region.


July 14, 2018

PAL accepted its first Airbus A350-900 aircraft, offering a top-notch high-tech cabin and extra range to operate nonstop ultra-long-haul flights to New York and Toronto.  The A350 was flown from Toulouse to its new home in Manila, where PAL unveiled the new A350 and A321NEO aircraft to a gala audience led by the President of the Philippines.


October 29, 2018

PAL upgraded its New York JFK route to full nonstop services, with a brand new A350 operating the first nonstop Manila-JFK flight, setting a new record for the longest commercial flight ever operated by a Filipino airline (and also the eighth longest commercial air route flown by any airline in the world).


June 18, 2019

PAL won the 'World’s Most Improved Airline Award' for 2019, as the airline that achieved the biggest leap in product and service quality among a Skytrax survey of over 350 leading airlines worldwide. PAL was ranked the 30th best airline in the world.


February 01, 2019

ANA Holdings, Inc., the parent company of All Nippon Airways, acquired a 9.5% equity interest in PAL Holdings, Inc. (PHI), ushering in a new era of partnership between Japan’s largest airline and the Filipino flag carrier.