Philippine Airlines bags four-star rating

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 9) — Philippine Airlines (PAL) earned a four-star rating certified by international air transport rating organisation Skytrax.

It is the first and only airline from the Philippines to bag the title. There are 40 other carriers across the world in the category.

Skytrax is a United Kingdom-based organization that is known for determining quality of air transportation through the World Airline Rating and World Airport Rating.

PAL Chairman and CEO Lucio Tan said the rating was "a big win for the Philippines."

 

PAL President and COO Jaime Bautista said the title was the fruit of hard work that included new routes, increased connectivity, new aircrafts, and investment on the training of its crew.

"By offering the public a globally competitive airline service, we are empowered to attract more tourists to visit the Philippines to see our country's beauty and experience our people's warmth. We can help generate more economic activity for the Philippines," he said.

Beginning in 2016, PAL upped its fleet count to 88 aircrafts and opened new international routes from Clark to Seoul, South Korea and from Cebu to Bangkok, Thailand and Chengdu and Beijing in China.

It is aiming to open flights to India, additional routes to Japan and China, and non-stop services to New York in the United States and Brisbane in Australia within the year.

It is also eyeing the opening of a "bigger and more sophisticated" lounge for its business class passengers and frequest flyers in Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 2 by the second quarter of 2018.

PAL, founded in 1941, is the Philippines' flag carrier service. In June 2017, it placed sixth on the Skytrax's list of the World's Most Improved Airlines. It also ranked 67th out of 320 airlines that year, 16 notches higher than its place in 2016.