Air Manila International

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Air Manila
IATA ICAO Callsign
Founded 1964
Ceased operations 1973 (merged into Philippine Airlines)
Hubs Manila International Airport (Manila)
Subsidiaries Air Manila International
Fleet size Defunct
Headquarters Manila, Philippines

Air Manila was a domestic airline in the Philippines. It was based out of Manila and operated propeller aircraft including the Handley Page Dart Herald,[1] Fokker F27 Friendship and Lockheed L-188 Electra.

In the 1970s Air Manila obtained five second-hand Boeing 707s, with the goal of starting an international air service under the name of "Air Manila International". This move was opposed by Philippine Airlines (PAL), the national flag-carrier. Under government pressure, Air Manila and Filipinas Orient Airways were merged into PAL in 1973.[2]


At the time Air Manila was merged into Philippine Airlines, the airline operated two Boeing 737-300 and two McDonnell Douglas MD-83 aircraft[3]

Accidents and incidents[edit]

On 4 June 1976, Air Manila Flight 702, a Lockheed L-188 Electra, crashed after taking off from an airport in Guam, killing all 45 on board and one person on the ground.[4]


  1. ^ C. H. Barnes: Handley Page Aircraft since 1907. Putnam Aeronautical Books, London 1987, p. 624, ISBN 0 85177 803 8.
  2. ^ Donohue, Ken (Apr 2012). "Philippine Airlines: Asia’s first, striving to shine". Airways (Sandpoint, Idaho). Sandpoint, Idaho: Airways International, Inc. 19 (2): 26–33. ISSN 1074-4320. OCLC 29700959. 
  3. ^ "Air Manila Fleet Details and History". Retrieved 2017-03-20. 
  4. ^ Aviation Safety Network RP-C1061 accident synopsis retrieved 2010-05-28.

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