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Philippine Airlines is 61st in world list

How are airlines measured worldwide
By Carlo P. Mallo |

The country’s national flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) remains to be one of the world’s biggest carriers, ranking 61st in terms of number of passengers and total distance flown.

Based on the World Airline Ranking compiled by Airline Business magazine, PAL ranked 61st in the world raking in a total of 17.8 billion Revenue Passenger Kilometers (RPK).

As defined by the International Air Transport Association, the global association of commercial airlines, RPK is the number of passengers flown by an airline multiplied by the distance traveled by each passenger.

During PAL\\\'s last fiscal year 2010-2011, PAL flew over nine million passengers across a network of 46 international and domestic destinations, using a fleet of 36 long-range, wide-body as well as single-aisle jets.

Of the total passengers carried, four million were foreign tourists – the most flown among all airlines that operate in the country, according to PAL President Jaime J. Bautista. "We carry between 40-50 percent of all foreign visitors arriving in the country every year." In the first quarter of 2011, PAL again dominated the international segment with 1.025 million passengers flown.

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