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Hana asked in TravelAir Travel · 1 decade ago

What is Asia's very first airline?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Philippine Airlines, Inc. (abbreviated PAL), also known historically as Philippine Air Lines, is the national airline of the Philippines. It is the first commercial airline in Asia and the oldest of those currently in operation, with a long and distinguished history spanning over sixty years. Out of its hubs at Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila and Mactan-Cebu International Airport in Cebu City, Philippine Airlines serves eighteen destinations in the Philippines and twenty-six destinations in Southeast Asia, East Asia, Australia, Canada and the United States.


    Early beginnings

    Philippine Airlines was founded on February 26, 1941, making it Asia's oldest carrier still operating under its current name. The airline was started by a group of businessmen led by Andres Soriano, hailed as one of the Philippines' leading industrialists at the time, who served as its general manager, and former Senator Ramon Fernandez, who served as its chairman and president.

    The airline’s first flight took place on March 15, 1941 with a single Beechcraft Model 18 NPC-54 on daily services between Manila (from Nielson Field) and Baguio.

    PAL services were interrupted during World War II, which lasted in the Philippines from late 1941 to 1945. Upon the outbreak of the Pacific War on December 8, 1941, the two Model 18s and their pilots were pressed into military service. They were used to evacuate American fighter pilots to Australia until one was shot down over Mindanao and the other was destroyed on the ground in an air raid in Surabaya, Indonesia.

    On July 31, 1946, PAL became the first Asian airline to cross the Pacific Ocean when a chartered Douglas DC-4 ferried 40 American servicemen to Oakland, California from Nielson Airport with stops in Guam, Wake Island, Johnston Atoll and Honolulu.

    Source(s): Wikipedia
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    • 6 years agoReport

      it's wrong

      first airline for asia is tata airline those know present indian airline

      it's first flight in 1927 from jodhpur

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  • 6 years ago

    INAEC (Iloilo-****** Air Express Company) is the first Filipino airline, preceding Philippine Airlines (PAL) by eight years. It was also one of the very first Asia-owned airlines, born around the same time as Air India and more than a decade before Japan Airlines (JAL) and Cathay Pacific.

    INAEC was founded by Eugenio Lopez Sr. in August 1932. On February 1, 1933 at 7:50am, INAEC's first Stinson Tri-motor aircraft lifted off from Fort San Pedro, Iloilo for its inagurual flight to Manila. INAEC began its regular flights to Manila, Iloilo and Bacolod the next day. It soon added Cebu, Zamboanga and Davao to its destinations.

    INAEC became a casualty of war: on December 18, 1941, a strike force of 36 Japanese bombers destroyed all of INAEC's planes on the ground. After the war, by May of 1945, Lopez conceived of Far Eastern Air Transportation Inc. (FEATI), an airline that would fly not just all over the Philippines, but all over the Asia-Pacific region. At the time, the giants of Pacific aviation, today, like Northwest, JAL and Singapore Airlines did not exist. By tapping Lopez and Moreno family resources, Eugenio was able to buy an initial four DC-3s from the US government, which was then disposing of war surplus equipment.

    With its inaugural flight from Manila to Iloilo on November 19, 1945, the Lopezes' FEATI beat Andres Soriano's Philippine Airlines to the the skies by two months. In the next year, FEATI bought 24 more DC-3s as well as several of the more advanced, longer range DC-4 Skymasters, for flying FEATI's international routes.

    FEATI set up a widespread domestic route network and established the country's first international airline service, with flights to San Francisco, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Bangkok and Calucutta.

    Source(s): "Undaunted, the Lopez Legacy 1800-201" by Raul Rodrio, pages 92-95.
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  • buxton
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    3 years ago

    First Commercial Airline

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  • Vernan
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    7 years ago

    The first airline in the Philippines and is older than PAL

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  • 1 decade ago

    The Philippine Airlines (PAL)

    was the first airline company in aisa. It started in early 1940's.

    Source(s): Wikipedia
    • rosancruz6 years agoReport

      the first airline is INAEC.

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  • Shana
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    4 years ago

    For the best answers, search on this site

    My main problem, FLIGHT DELAY. bronzedgal, you are lucky you just have 2 hours. My record delay with AirAsia is 4 hours. They compensated that with only biscuits and air kotak while we were waiting at that small and crowded Terminal 2 of KK airport. Got a couple 2 hour delays in my next AirAsia flights, but no biscuits given.

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  • ?
    Lv 4
    4 years ago

    Yes, that's a good point

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  • elayne
    Lv 4
    4 years ago

    I do not consider that is accurate

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