Philippine Airlines is the oldest national airline of Philippines, with headquarters located at Pasay city. Its major hubs are Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila and Mactan-Cebu International Airport in Cebu City. Philippine Airlines is the only airline in the Philippines to be accredited with the IOSA (IATA Operational Safety Audit), by the International Air Transport Association.
Founded on 26th February 1921, Philippine Airlines is the oldest airline in the country. It was established by a group of businessmen, headed by one of the most celebrated entrepreneur of Philippines, at that time, Andres Soriano. Andres also became the general manager of Philippines Airlines, at the time of its creation. The air service was presided over by its chairman Ramon Fernandez, a former senator. On July 22, it acquired the franchise of the Philippine Aerial Taxi Company. The same year, in September, Philippine Government invested in the airlines, which paved the way for its nationalization. The services of Philippine Airlines came to a standstill between 1941 and 1945, following the disturbances due to the Second World War. With the end of the war, it resumed services in 1946 and went to make great growth. The airline became the first in Asia to cross the Pacific Ocean, carrying 40 Americans to Oakland, California; while halting at Guam, Wake Island, Johnston Atoll and Honolulu. A regular service connecting Manila to Honolulu also commenced the same year. At the same time, the airlines also got the honor of being designated as the flag carrier of the country.
Philippine Airlines consists of many kinds of aircrafts, which include Airbus A319-100, Airbus A320-200, Airbus A330-300, Airbus A340-300, Boeing 747-400, Boeing 747-400M, Boeing 777-300ER, Bombardier Dash-8 300 and Bombardier Dash-8 400. Apart from that, it has also placed orders for several new airplanes.
Philippines airlines caters to Laoag, Legazpi, Manila, Butuan, Cotabato City, Ozamiz, Zamboanga, Puerto Princesa, Dipolog, Bacolod, Cebu, Tcloban and Roxas City. It also serves foreign destinations like China, Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan in East Asia and India, Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam in the South-East Asia. The airline conducts flight operations in Canada, U.S and Australia as well.