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PAL hosts Beverly Hills reception for new fleet, 777 Manila-LA flight, PH aviation safety upgrade

PAL President Ramon Ang receives crystal engine trophy from Charles Jackson of GE Aviation. INQUIRER PHOTOS

Philippine Airlines on June 12 celebrated auspicious events at the Beverly Hills Wilshire Hotel with two hundred attendees from the travel industry, Boeing and GE Aviation officials, government and the Filipino American community eagerly awaiting the announcement of “something big.”

Posted: June 14th, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories,Photos & Videos | Read More »

UN exec pushes for ‘open-skies’ to boost tourism worldwide


The secretary general of the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) urged world leaders to open their skies and borders in order to bring people closer together and drive economic growth.

Posted: May 18th, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Wrong guy sought for MERS-CoV testing in Zamboanga City

Passengers walk past a thermal scanner at the medical quarantine area at the arrival section of Manila's International Airport in Paranaque, south of Manila, Philippines. AP FILE PHOTO

The nationwide manhunt for passengers of the Etihad Airways flight No. EY 0424 – the same flight taken by a Filipino male nurse who earlier tested positive for the potentially fatal Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Corona Virus (MERS-CoV) — has led authorities here to the wrong guy.

Posted: April 26th, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

EU lifts air ban on Cebu Pacific

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The European Union (EU) formally announced Thursday the lifting of the air ban on Cebu Pacific Airlines to Europe.

Posted: April 10th, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Feds arrest drunken PAL passenger who attacked attendants


LOS ANGELES, California – Federal officers arrested a drunken Filipino passenger aboard a US-bound Philippine Airlines flight for allegedly trying to kiss a female flight attendant and attacking a male a crew member who came to her aid.
A California-based security guard, 53-year-old Edgar Nonga was returning from the Philippines with his parents when the disturbance involving him occurred.
Nonga admitted having had four drinks at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport lounge in Manila before boarding PAL flight 112 for Los Angeles. He allegedly helped himself to liquor he found in the plane’s galley.
A witness said an attendant refused to serve Nonga another drink, and he began cursing at attendants in Tagalog and threatened to kill one of them. He then reportedly tried to kiss a female attendant.
A male flight attendant came to his colleague’s aid, at which point Nonga began punching the attendant in the head and body. Nonga reportedly held keys in his knuckles as a weapon during the attack.
Hi parents apologized for his behavior after he was restrained, but he began hitting the male attendant again. Other crew members and passengers were able to restrain him.
He was arrested upon landing in Los Angeles on Sunday morning and is facing federal charges for disrupting a flight crew. He could be sent to prison on a 20-year sentence.
Nonga, who is currently free on $10,000 bail, is scheduled to appear in federal court on April 1. He claims to have had no history of being diagnosed with any mental illness and was honorably discharged from the US Navy. He was reportedly arrested for drunk driving in 2010.

Posted: February 26th, 2014 in Americas | Read More »