Tan daughter takes charge at PAL

  • Page Views 2089
  • Bautista opts for retirement to ‘spend time with family’

    Longtime Philippine Airlines (PAL) president and chief operating officer Jaime Bautista has stepped down as the chief of the country’s flag carrier “to spend more time with his family,” according to several sources from within the group of taipan Lucio Tan.
    The Inquirer learned that Bautista, 62, recently submitted his retirement letter, which was then accepted by Tan, who is also the airline’s chair and CEO.

    There was no official statement from the company as of press time, but the Inquirer learned that Tan’s daughter, Vivienne, had been appointed officer-in-charge of the airline, which formed a key part of the tycoon’s business empire.
    Airline officials familiar with the development said Bautista had intimated that he had been contemplating retirement for quite some time now to spend quality time with his family.
    Known as “JJB” within the group, Bautista was plucked from semiretirement to again lead the airline after Tan reacquired full control of the company from the San Miguel group in 2014.

    Replying to the Inquirer’s request for a comment on the issue, the outgoing PAL chief only said he was currently in Europe attending the Paris Air Show.

    His retirement comes amid PAL’s ongoing reflecting and rebranding programs.
    The airline was recently voted as the world’s most improved airline for 2019 by Australia-based global airline review firm AirlineRatings.com. Last year, the flag carrier was also adjudged second most improved airline in the world by the London-based airline survey firm Skytrax. As part of its refleeting program, PAL is acquiring brand-new, state-of-the-art, wide-bodied and single-aisle planes.

    Earlier this month, Vivienne Tan—who officially held the rank of executive vice president, treasurer and chief administrative officer of the airline prior to being named its interim chief—sealed a five-year collective bargaining agreement with the company’s labor union, the PAL Employees Association (Palea).
    “Despite the many challenges that Philippine Airlines is facing, my father made this new CBA his top priority in recognition of your long years of dedication to PAL,” she told employees in her first public remarks since joining the airline. “Our chairman truly values the partnership that we have and your contribution toward the achievement of our shared mission as a flag carrier.”

    Palea union members make up 11 percent of the airline’s total workforce of 6,829 and the new labor deal is seen as being vital to the firm’s financial recovery as it expands its domestic and international route network.

    Bautista earlier told reporters that a target to attain the coveted SkyTrax status by next year would likely be delayed since one of the requirements of the five-star rating was a “very good, very beautiful lounge and we don’t have that yet here in Manila.”
    He said congestion in Naia also had an adverse impact on passenger experience.
    The SkyTrax rating takes into account “the overall experience of the passenger” and that includes the airport, he said.

    PAL, which won its four-star status last year, had been gunning for the top rating since the ambition was first announced in 2016. Bautista said SkyTrax recertified PAL as a four-star carrier for this year.

    There are 10 airlines with a five-star rating. These include Singapore Airlines, Qatar Airways and All Nippon Airways, owned by PAL shareholder ANA Holdings of Japan. Those airlines also operate in hubs that are consistently recognized as among the world’s best airports. (D. L. Lucas. Inq)

    Share

    New Posts Recently publish post More

    • 23 February 2021
      2 days ago No comment

      Air Supply says Iñigo and Moophs’ ‘All Out of Love’ remake has ‘great production, great sound’

      International rock duo Air Supply, composed of Graham Russell and Russell Hitchcock, hailed Iñigo Pascual and Moophs’ remake of their classic hit “All Out of Love” for its “great production and sound.” Iñigo sang parts of the song during Tarsier Records’ “All Out of Love” virtual media conference and ...

    • 20 February 2021
      4 days ago No comment

      U.K., California variants combine for first case of hybrid COVID-19

      Media organizations reported Wednesday (February 17) that the homegrown COVID-19 variant sweeping California has combined with the highly-contagious UK variant. The result is yet another mutation, a hybrid virus. This has started to spark fears that the new resulting virus will be more contagious. A sample from California showed ...

    • 12 February 2021
      2 weeks ago No comment

      Gold and Diamonds Rotary Charity Night

      Feb 13th 4 – 7pm Just in time for Valentines Day Refreshment & Food will be served (or Tequila) up to 70% off for Special VIP & Invited Guests One Year Financing – No Interest 25% of profit goes to RCVM Treasury for future projects. Arctic Fame Diamonds 942 ...

    • 12 February 2021
      2 weeks ago No comment

      Erin O’Toole announces Shadow Cabinet updates

      OTTAWA, ON – The Hon. Erin O’Toole, Leader of Canada’s Conservatives and the Official Opposition, today announced updates to the Conservative Shadow Cabinet. “Canadians are worried about their economic future,” O’Toole said. “Canadians have seen what happened when the Liberal government was in charge of getting vaccines, can we ...

    • 12 February 2021
      2 weeks ago No comment

      New public transit investments to build strong communities, fight climate change, and create new jobs across Canada

      Investing in public transit infrastructure shortens commute times for families, creates good middle-class jobs, grows our economy, and cuts air pollution. Since 2015, the Government of Canada has invested more than $13 billion in 1,300 public transit projects for communities across Canada. This is the largest public transit investment ...

    %d bloggers like this: