Filipinas Orient Airways

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Filipinas Orient Airways
IATA ICAO Callsign
Founded 1964
Commenced operations 1965
Ceased operations 1972 (merged into Philippine Airlines)
Hubs Ninoy Aquino International Airport
Fleet size Defunct
Destinations 18
Company slogan The Nation's Flag Carrier
Parent company Filipinas Orient Airways, Inc.
Headquarters Flag of the Philippines.svg Manila, Philippines
Key people Karam/Caram Family

Filipinas Orient Airways, Inc. was founded by originally Lebanese refugee family Karam (later Caram) in the Philippines in 1964, under Republic Act No. 4147.[1] FOA was granted the franchise to provide air transport service in the Philippines and between the Philippines and other countries on June 20, 1964, despite legal opposition by Philippine Airlines.[2]


A Filipinas Orient Airways Sud Aviation Caravelle VI-R at Manila International Airport in 1974.

FOA - also known as "Fairways" - started their domestic flight operations in the Philippines on January 5, 1965 using DC-3 aircraft [1]. Their early days appear to have been crash-ridden with the loss of four DC-3 and one DC-6 within the first 4 years of operation. They went on to operate Sud Aviation Caravelles [2] and Nord 262, later to be replaced by NAMC YS-11. Their flight operations were ended after the declaration of Martial Law by then Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos on 21 September 1972.[3] Philippine Airlines eventually took over the planes and routes of FOA.

Accidents and incidents[edit]

On 23 April 1969, Douglas DC-3A PI-C947 was damaged beyond economic repair in a landing accident at Roxas City Airport. All 31 passengers and crew survived.[4]


  1. ^ "An Act Granting a Franchise to Filipinas Orient Airways, Incorporated, to Establish and Maintain Air Transport Service in the Philippines and Between the Philippines and Other Countries". REPUBLIC ACT No. 4147. 1964. Retrieved 2007-03-27. 
  2. ^ "Philippine Air Lines, Inc. v. Civil Aeronautics Board". Supreme Court of the Philippines. 1968. Retrieved 2007-03-27. 
  3. ^ "Proclaiming a state of martial law in the Philippines". Proclamations of the Philippines. 1972. Retrieved 2007-03-27. 
  4. ^ "PI-C947 Accident Description". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 9 February 2011. 

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