Airphil Express rebranded (15-Mar-2013) as “PAL Express” effective 15-Mar-2013, to strengthen its alliance with Philippine Airlines. PAL president Ramon S Ang stated the rebranding is "not just a name change, but an alignment of two standards into one. With this rebranding, PAL and PAL Express will be full service carriers in terms of service, but LCC in terms of managing costs". Following the completion of rebranding, PAL Express will have the same service standards as PAL yet PAL and PAL Express will remain distinct and independent airline companies but following a single service standard. All PAL services will be manned by PAL pilots and cabin crew, while PAL Express services will be operated by Airphil Express pilots and flight attendants. [more - original PR]
Airphil Express rebrands as ‘PAL Express’
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Jet operations began at Caticlan in Nov-2016 after Philippine authorities approved the use of a runway extension. The new owners of the airport, San Miguel, also plan to open a new terminal by early 2018, which will be capable of handling international flights.
Cebu Pacific and Philippine Airlines (PAL) have already transitioned most of their flights at Caticlan – the gateway to the popular resort island of Boracay – from turboprops to A320s. Philippines AirAsia is planning to enter the Caticlan market in Mar-2017 with flights from Manila, Cebu and Davao. AirAsia, Cebu Pacific and PAL may also launch international flights from Caticlan in 2018, along with a potential new Caticlan based airline that San Miguel is looking to establish.
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