By Emmie Abadilla (Manila Bulletin)

With the rise in demand for tourism and business travel on private aircraft, Pacific Global One, the aviation arm of telecoms leader PLDT, recently opened a chartered airlines service.

“With our new service, Pacific Global One can now provide private flights to Balesin in Quezon, Amanpulo in Pamalican Island, Baguio in the north and Boracay in Panay, among other routes,” according to Pacific Global One President and Chief Operating Officer Butch Meily.

Initially, Pacific Global One will offer two aircraft including the Beechcraft Super King Air 350 – a turboprop twin which can accommodate eight passengers with two pilots.

Running at a flight speed of 250 knots, the King Air 350 can fly for five hours. The other aircraft is the Bell 429 helicopter which has a five-seat capacity. With a full tank, the helicopter can fly for three hours.

All aircraft are capable of flight in all-weather conditions and are air-conditioned.

Manned former Philippine Air Force and Navy veterans as well as a Canadian pilot, Pacific Global One flies all over the Philippines.

“The rates we offer for our chartered flights are very competitive. We also open to small groups who need an affordable, reliable and accessible transportation to go to various destinations nationwide – whether for work or leisure,” Meily added.