Girish Mahajan

Filipinas Orient Airways

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Commenced operations  1965
Destinations  18
Founded  1964
Fleet size  Defunct
Headquarters  Manila, Philippines
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Ceased operations  1972 (merged into Philippine Airlines)
Hubs  Ninoy Aquino International Airport
Company slogan  The Nation's Flag Carrier
Hub  Ninoy Aquino International Airport

Filipinas Orient Airways, Inc. was founded by originally Lebanese refugee family Karam (later Caram) in the Philippines in 1964, under Republic Act No. 4147. 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.

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Service

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. Philippine Airlines eventually took over the planes and routes of FOA.

Accidents and incidents

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.

References

Filipinas Orient Airways Wikipedia


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