Philippine Airlines stated Saturday it was submitting for chapter within the United States to slash $2 billion in debt because it tries to outlive an trade gutted by the coronavirus pandemic.
The nationwide provider of the Philippines stated the submitting will enable it to restructure contracts and lower debt by at the very least $2 billion whereas getting $655 million in recent capital when it emerges from the Chapter 11 course of.
PAL may also downsize its fleet by 25 % and re-negotiate contracts to scale back lease funds.
“Philippine Airlines will continue business-as-usual operations while finalising the restructuring of our network, fleet and organisation,” senior vice president and chief monetary officer Nilo Thaddeus Rodriguez stated in a video message.
As a part of agreements reached with suppliers, lenders and lessors, Rodriguez stated PAL will safe $505 million to execute the restoration plan. The cash will later convert into airline fairness and long-term debt.
It may also acquire one other $150 million in debt funding after it emerges from the restructuring course of “in a few months”, Rodriguez stated.
Philippine air journey quantity collapsed by 75 % from about 30 million passengers in 2019 to seven million final yr resulting from pandemic restrictions, PAL president Gilbert Santa Maria stated in the identical video.
The provider cancelled greater than 80,000 flights, wiping out $2 billion in income, and let go of two,300 workers.
Its foremost shareholder injected greater than $130 million in emergency liquidity and a non-strategic asset was bought for greater than $70 million.
Santa Maria stated PAL now operates 21 % of pre-pandemic flights to 70 % of its traditional locations.
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