PAL is 61st biggest airline in the world


PHILIPPINE Airlines (PAL) ranked 61st in a worldwide listing of airlines compiled by Airline Business magazine.

Speaking recently before members of the Consular Corps of the Philippines, PAL president Jaime J. Bautista said that based on Airline Business’ World Airline Ranking, PAL registered 17.8 billion revenue passenger kilometers (RPK). RPK is the international benchmark for measuring airline passenger traffic.

PAL’s chief local competitor Cebu Pacific ranked 116th in the same listing.

In fiscal year 2010-2011 ending March 31, PAL flew over nine million passengers across a network of 46 international and domestic destinations, using a fleet of 36 long-range, wide-body as well as single-aisle jets.

“We carry between 40% and 50% of all foreign visitors arriving in the country every year. In the first quarter of 2011, PAL again dominated the international segment with 1.025 million passengers flown,” Bautista said.