Philippine Airlines (PAL) is seeking to improve its position in the North American market by boosting capacity and partnering with a US airline. PAL has been able to increase its presence in the US since the FAA upgraded the Philippines to a Category 1 safety rating in 2014, enabling PAL to increase capacity, launch new routes and pursue codeshares with US airlines.
PAL launched services from Cebu to Los Angeles in Mar-2016 and in the coming weeks is planning to add capacity on Manila-Los Angeles – one of its largest and most profitable international routes – using a newly delivered 777-300ER. PAL may also add capacity to San Francisco in 2017 and is planning to use its new A350-900 fleet to launch nonstop flights to New York, and potentially Chicago, in 2018.
PAL also has begun searching for a US partner to help it feed an expanded US operation. Securing a US partner is key to supporting further growth and further boosting its share of the Philippines-US market as competition intensifies.
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