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Philippines is a republic in the western Pacific Ocean, made up of the Philippine Islands and forming in physical geography a part of the Malay Archipelago. Situated about 1210 km (about 750 mi) east of the coast of Vietnam, the Philippines are separated from Taiwan on the north by the Bashi Channel. The republic is bordered on the east by the Philippine Sea, on the south by the Celebes Sea, and on the west by the South China Sea. The country comprises about 7100 islands, of which only about 460 are more than 2.6 sq km (more than 1 sq mi) in area. Eleven islands have an area of more than 2600 sq km (more than 1000 sq mi) each and contain the bulk of the population. These islands are Luzon, Mindanao, Samar, Negros, Palawan, Panay, Mindoro, Leyte, Cebu, Bohol, and Masbate. The total area of the Philippines is about 300,000 sq km (about 120,000 sq mi). Manila is the capital and largest city of the Philippines
Latest updates
29Jul15addedPAL Express: the name was resurrected by PAL to replace Airphil Express in 2013
13Jun15addedAlphaland Aviation: Jetstream J31 & Cessna Caravan operator
09Jun15updateSkyjet Air and SEAir International have been cleared to resume operations after the CAAP reinstated their respective AOCs recently

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AirlineOperating DatesStatusCommentsGenealogy
 2Go

2004 - date

Active

2Go was formed on 09Jul1988 & started ops on 28Jan1988 as Aboitiz Air Transport

Aboitiz Air Transport >2Go

 A Soriana Aviation

1987* - 2006*

Renamed

A Soriana Aviation was formed in 1987

A Soriana Aviation >Island Aviation

 AAI Island Hopper

2004* - 2006*

Status?

 

 

 Aboitiz Air Transport (Aboitiz Air Cargo)

1988 - 2004

Renamed

Aboitiz Air Transport was formed on 09Jul1988 & started ops on 28Jan1988

Aboitiz Air Transport >2Go

 Aero Equipment Aviation

2012 - date

Active

 

 

 Aero Filipnas (Aero-Filipinas)

**** - ****

Inactive

 

 

 Aero Lift

2004* - 2006*

Inactive

 

 

 Aero Services (Air V.J.Sanchez)

**** - ****

Status?

 

 

 Aerolift Airlines

1982 - 1996

Inactive

Aerolift Airlines was formed in 1982

 

 AeroMajestic Airlines

2011 - 2012*

Inactive

 

Aero Majestic Airways

 AeroMajestic Charter Services

2010 - 2011

Renamed

 

>Aero Majestic Airways

 Aero-Transport System

1990* - 1990*

Status?

 

 

 Air ADS

1996* - 1997*

Inactive

 

 

 Air Link International Airways

1984 - date

Active

 

 

 Air Manila

1965 - 1972

Renamed

Air Manila in formed in 1964, 1st flight on 02Jan1965, renamed on Oct1972

Air Manila >Air Manila International >PAL

 Air Manila International

1972 - 1973

Renamed

Renamed from Air Manila in Oct1972

Air Manila >Air Manila International >PAL

 Air Mindanao

1996* - 1996*

Inactive

 

 

 Air Pacific Crake

1989* - 1989*

Inactive

 

 

 Air Philippines

1996 - 2010

Renamed

Air Philippines started 01Feb1996, ceased ops & sevices transferred to AirPhil Express

Air Philippines +>PAL Express >Airphil Express >PAL Express

 Air Republiq Airlines

2012 - date

Active

 

 

 Air Southeast

1993* - 1994*

Status?

 

 

 Air Span

1984* - 2004

Inactive

 

 

 AirAsia Philippines

2012 - date

Active

 

 

 AirAsia Zest

2013 - date

Active

 

Asian Spritt >Zest Air>AirAsia Zest

 Airgurus

2012* - date

Active

 

 

 Airphil Express

2010 - 2013

Renamed

Airphil Express was founded by PAL to replace Air Philippines on 10Apr2008

Air Philippines +>PAL Express >Airphil Express >PAL Express

 Alphaland Aviation

2013* - date

Active

Jetstream J31 & Cessna Caravan operator

 

 Asean Air Freight

1992* - 1995

Inactive

 

 

 Asia Overnight Express

(2004)

Began?

 

 

 Asian Aerospace

2004* - 2006*

Status?

 

 

 Asian Spirit

1996 - 2008

Renamed

 

Asian Spritt >Zest Air>AirAsia Zest

 AsiaWide

(2009)

Began?

 

 

 Astro Air International

2013 - date

Active

 

 

 Astro Air Transport (Astro Air Philippines)

1976 - 1984

Inactive

 

Astro Air Transport

 Astroair Services

1973^ - 1976

Renamed

 

>Astro Air Transport

 Aviatour Air

2011* - 2012

Inactive

 

 

 Bicol Air Express

2012 - date

Active

 

 

 C.M Aero Services

1985* - 2000

Inactive

 

 

 CALI (Commercial Air Lines)

1947* - 1948

Renamed

 

Commercial Air Lines >PAL

 Camposagrado Air Taxi

1960* - 1962*

Renamed

 

>Cyclone Airways

 CATI

**** - ****

Inactive

 

 

 Cebgo

2015 - date

Active

Cebgo was rebranded from Tigerair Philippines

SEAir >Tigerair Philippines >Cebgo

 Cebu Air

1996 - 1996

Renamed

 

>Cebu Pacific Air

 Cebu Pacific Air

1996 - date

Active

 

Cebu Pacific Air

 Centennial Air

1999 - 2002*

Inactive

 

 

 Chemtrad Aviation

2004* - 2006*

Status?

 

 

 CLA Air Transport

(2003*)

Began?

 

 

 Comair (Commercial Air Transport)

1978* - 1993*

Status?

 

 

 Commuter Air Philippines (Commutair)

1989* - 2000

Inactive

 

 

 Continental Airways

(****)

Unconfirmed

 

 

 Corporate Air

1995* - 2005

Inactive

 

 

 Crown Cargo Express*

1999* - 1999*

Status?

 

 

 Cruz Airways

(1963*)

Began?

 

 

 Cyclone Airways

2009* - date

Active

 

Cyclone Airways

 Delta Air Corporation

1969* - 1979*

Status?

 

 

 Eagle Trans Air

(2010)

Began?

 

 

 Enzo Air

1989 - 1989*

Status?

 

 

 Evercrest

(2003)

Began?

 

 

 Fairways

1965 - 1965

Renamed

started operations on 06Jan1965 & renamed to Filipinas Orient Airways

+>PAL

 Far Eastern Aviation Services

**** - ****

Renamed

 

>OASIS

 FAST (Fleming Airways System Transport)

1958* - 1964*

Status?

 

 

 FEATI (Far Eastern Air Transport)

1945 - 1947

Renamed

restarted after renamed from INAEC on 15Nov1945

FEATI (Far Eastern Air Transport) >PAL

 Fil-Asian Airways

2013 - date

Active

 

Fil-Asian Airways

 Filipinas Orient Airways (Fairways)

1965 - 1972

Renamed

Filipinas Orient Airways started operations on 06Jan1965 as Fairways & renamed in Nov1965

+>PAL

 First United Air

1972* - 1973

Renamed

 

>Mabuhay Airways

 FJM Aviation

1991 - 1994

Inactive

 

 

 Go Air

(2014)

Began?

 

 

 Grand Air International

1995 - 1999

Inactive

 

 

 IAI (Island Aviation Inc.)

2006* - date

Active

 

A Soriana Aviation >Island Aviation

 INAEC (Iloilo-Negros Air Express Co.)

1933 - 1941

Renamed

ceased operations on 18Dec1941 & renamed Far Eastern Air Transport in 1945

INAEC (Iloilo-Negros Air Express Co.) >PAL

 Intercontinental Pacific Airways

(2002*)

Began?

 

 

 Interisland Air Serices

1986 - 2004

Renamed

 

>Interisland Airlines

 Interisland Airlines

2004 - date

Active

 

Interisland Airlines

 International Pacific Airways

(2001)

Began?

 

 

 Island Transvoyager Inc.

2002^ - date

Active

 

 

 ITI (Island Transvoyager)

2003 - date

Active

 

 

 Laoag International

1995 - 2006*

Inactive

 

 

 LBC Airways of Manila

1996* - 2000*

Inactive

 

 

 Lionair

2011* - date

Active

 

 

 Mabuhay Airways

1973 - 2000

Inactive

 

Mabuhay Airways

 Magnum Air (Skyjet Air)

2012 - date

Active

 

 

 Majestic Air Cargo

2012* - date

Active

 

 

 MATS (Manila Aero Transport System)

1989* - 1989*

Status?

 

 

 Metro Manila Airways

1983* - 1983*

Renamed

 

>MetroAir

 MetroAir

1980s

Status?

 

MetroAir

 Mid-SEA Express

2011 - 2012

Renamed

 

>Fil-Asian Airways

 Mindanao Express

1996 - 2001*

Inactive

 

 

 Mosphil Aero

2006 - date

Active

 

 

 North South Airlines

2013* - 2013*

Status?

 

 

 OASIS (Orient Air Systems & Integrated Service)

1978* - 1979*

Status?

 

OASIS

 Pacific East Asia Cargo Airlines

1991 - 2010

Inactive

 

 

 Pacific Pearl Airways

2008 - date

Active

 

 

 PacificAir

1996* - date

Active

 

 

 Pacificjet

(2009*)

Began?

 

 

 PAL (Philippine Air Lines)

1941 - date

Active

reformed from PATCO on 26Feb1941

PATCO (Philippine Aerial Transport Co.) >PAL

 PAL Express

2008 - 2010

Inactive

PAL Express began operations on 05May2008 & to Airphil Express on 28Mar2010

Air Philippines +>PAL Express >Airphil Express >PAL Express

 PAL Express

2013 - date

Active

Airphil Express was renamed back to PAL Express on 15Mar2013

Air Philippines +>PAL Express >Airphil Express >PAL Express

 Paradise Air

1998* - 1998*

Status?

 

 

 PATCO (Philippine Aerial Transport Co.)

1931 - 1940

Renamed

PATCO was founded on 30Dec1930 & started non sched operations on 31Mar1931 / franchise acquired by PAL on 22Jul1940

PATCO (Philippine Aerial Transport Co.) >PAL

 PATI (Philippine Aerotransport)

1974 - 1980

Inactive

started operations on 24May1975 & ceased operations on 01Feb1980

 

 PhilAir

(2000)

Began?

 

 

 PhilAir (Philippine Aviation Corp.)

1966* - 1994

Inactive

 

 

 Philippine Air Express

1947 - 1947*

Inactive

DC3 crash in 1947

 

 Philippine Air Service

1920* - 1921*

Inactive

airline established on 7Jul1920

 

 Philippine Astra Air (Astro Air Philippines)

1998* - 1998

Inactive

 

 

 Philippine Interisland Express

**** - ****

Status?

no details available as yet

 

 Philippine International Airways

(2000)

Began?

 

 

 Posadas Trans Air Services

1984^ - 1985

Inactive

 

 

 Royal Star Aviation

2002 - date

Active

 

 

 SEAir (South East Asian)

1995 - 2013

Renamed

SEAir (South East Asian) started operations on 15Aug1995

SEAir >Tigerair Philippines >Cebgo

 SEAir International

2012 - date

Active

 

 

 Silangan Airways

(1990s)

Began?

 

 

 Sky Tours

(****)

Unconfirmed

 

 

 Skyjet Air

2012 - date

Active

 

 

 Soriano Air Cargo

1991* - 1992*

Status?

 

 

 South Phoenix Airlines

2010 - 2011*

Status?

 

South Phoenix Airlines

 South Phoenix Airways

2002 - 2010

Renamed

 

>South Phoenix Airlines

 Southern Airlines of Philippines

1963* - 1972

Renamed

 

>Swiftair

 Spirit of Manila Airlines

2009 - date

Active

 

 

 Star Asia

1996* - 1996*

Inactive

 

 

 Sterling Philippines Airways

1975 - 1980

Renamed

 

>Summit Philippines Airways

 Subic International Air Charter

2004* - 2004*

Status?

 

 

 Subic Seaplane

2011* - date

Active

 

 

 Summit Philippines Airways

1980 - 1980*

Status?

 

Summit Philippines Airways

 Swiftair

1972 - 2000

Inactive

 

Swiftair

 Tair Airways

(2010*)

Began?

 

 

 Tigerair Philippines

2013 - 2015

Renamed

Tigerair Philippines rebranded to Cebgo

SEAir >Tigerair Philippines >Cebgo

 Trans Air Service

1982* - 1982*

Status?

 

 

 Trans Asiatic Airlines

1950* - 1950

Renamed

 

>PAL

 Transasian Airlines

(****)

Began?

 

 

 Transglobal Airways

2006 - date

Active

 

 

 Vendex Airways

1988* - 1988*

Status?

 

 

 Victoria Air

1989* - 2006*

Status?

 

 

 Village Airways

1970* - 1979*

Status?

 

 

 Zamboanga Air Services

**** - ****

Status?

 

 

 Zest Air

2008 - 2013

Renamed

Zest Air ceased operations on 16Aug2013

Asian Spritt >Zest Air>AirAsia Zest

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