Philippine Airlines Overcomes Safety Issues, Expands U.S. Flights

American aviation authorities have cleared the airline to add more flights to the United States after safety standards improved.

American aviation authorities have deemed Philippine Airlines safe enough for the airline to increase flights to the United States, the Associated Press reported. The airline was able to improve its safety standards due to assistance from the European Union.

On April 10, the FAA declared that the airline now meets international safety standards and upgraded it to a top-tier aviation-safety rating, Category 1. According to The Wall Street Journal, this move "will allow the nation's flag carrier to boost flights to the U.S. as well as to expand marketing partnerships with other airlines." The airline initially lost its Category 1 status in 2008 and moved to a Category 2 status because it didn't meet international safety standards.

Philippine Airlines – which currently operates 26 flights a week to the US – announced that it will deploy a fleet of Boeing 777-300ER aircraft for its long-haul flights to the US, which would save the airline money both in maintenance and fuel costs.

Bulwark FR Quiz

OH&S Digital Edition

  • OHS Magazine Digital Edition - September 2020

    September 2020

    Featuring:

    • WINTER HAZARDS
      Winter Hazards Preparation Should Kick Off in the Fall Months
    • OIL & GAS
      How Safety Has Become a Priority for the Oil Sector
    • COMBUSTIBLE DUST
      Protecting the Plant from Catastrophic Combustible Dust Explosions
    • FACILITY SAFETY
      Empowering Workers in an Uncertain World
    View This Issue