Pan Pacific Airlines
Pan Pacific Airlines is a full-service airline based in the Philippines. It was established in 1973 under the name Astro Air International but was rebranded in 2016 after it began operating to serve the South Korean market. The airline commenced operations on April 27, 2017 with its inaugural flight between Kalibo and Seoul. Its current main hubs are Kalibo, Aklan and Cebu City, with flights going to Seoul, Busan and Muan.
|Founded||1973 (as Astro Air International)|
|Commenced operations||April 27, 2017|
|Hubs||Kalibo International Airport |
Mactan-Cebu International Airport
|Fleet size||4 (As of May 2019)|
|Company slogan||Fly in Style|
|Headquarters||Unit 1401, 4th Floor, ASEANA 3 Building, Aseana Avenue corner Macapagal Boulevard, Parañaque City, Metro Manila, Philippines|
|Key people||Arturo M. Alejandrino|
(President, Chief Operations Officer)
Donald G. Dee
(Chief Executive Officer)
In 1973, Filipino-Chinese entrepreneur Donald Dee secured a commercial airline license and registered an airline company under the name Astro Air International. The company previously did business under the name Spirit of Manila Airlines from 2011 to 2012, flying from Clark International Airport in Angeles, Pampanga to Taipei Taoyuan International Airport in Taiwan using a fleet of two McDonnell Douglas MD-83 planes and a leased Boeing 737-300. The airline ceased operations after only a few months after it failed to secure an air operator's certificate.
After it received backing from South Korean investors, the company restarted operations in 2016 under its present name and with the goal of connecting the South Korean market with tourist destinations Boracay and Cebu in the Philippines. On April 27, 2017, the inaugural flight between Kalibo and Seoul commenced using an Airbus A320-232.
In 2019, the airline ranked fourth among Philippine carriers in terms of the number of international passengers. It flew 250,977 passengers out of a total of 12,423,134 flown by the top three Philippine carriers: Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific, and Philippines AirAsia.
- "Pan Pacific Airlines". CAPA. June 28, 2019. Retrieved June 28, 2019.
- "The Exciting Centennial of Philippine Aviation: Philippines Largest Overseas Carrier". The Exciting Centennial of Philippine Aviation. The Exciting Centennial of Philippine Aviation blog. 28 February 2019. Retrieved 4 March 2019.
- "Pan Pacific Airlines - Destinations". Pan Pacific Airlines - Fly in style.
- "Pan Pacific Airlines - Schedule". Pan Pacific Airlines - Fly in style.
- Ltd. 2019, UBM (UK). "Pan Pacific resumes Kalibo – Muan service from late-March 2019". Routesonline. Retrieved 2019-02-16.
- "Pan Pacific Airlines - Schedule". Pan Pacific Airlines.
- "Daily Operation between Boracay(Kalibo) & Incheon from Apr. 27th, 2017". Pan Pacific Airlines. Retrieved 12 April 2017.
- "Pan Pacific Airlines - Fleet". Pan Pacific Airlines.
- "Pan Pacific Airlines Fleet Details and History". www.planespotters.net.