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Old June 11th, 2009, 02:55 AM   #181
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RPMO heats up as airlines battle for air supremacy


Ozamiz - Philippine Airlines may have won the battle early by keeping its competitor, low cost carrier Cebu Pacific out of its terminal building but has not deterred 5J to slowly swallow its market share away from its subsidiary, firstly, from Air Philippines and second, from PAL Express when it introduced service to the newly reopened airport late last year.

Ozamiz Labo airport re-opened to the public on July 11, 2007 with President Gloria Arroyo gracing the opening ceremony after the arrival of Air Philippines 737 flight from Manila.

Since then, Air Philippines was the sole operator until the entry of Cebu Pacific on November 10, 2008 with routes to Cebu using its brand new ATR planes competing head on with PAL's second hand Q400 planes on the same day. PAL Express flew to the airport on September that year.

It took Cebu Pacific only 6 months to eat and take away the market lead and headway of both Air Philippines and PAL Express. Similar scenarios has been happening in Dumaguete and Naga where both airlines wrestle for market lead and passenger demands.

This month, the competition will go to the next level as both airlines will introduce A319 aircraft to the airport after the runway extension project was completed a month ago.

Philippine Airlines will introduce a daily service to the airport on June 15 replacing the 20 years old Boeing 737-200 plane of its subsidiary Air Philippines while Cebu Pacific jet will land at Ozamiz airport the next day on a four times a week service to usher a new era of competition for direct jet flights to Manila.

The competition is so hot at Ozamiz Airport that most of Manila bound passengers content themselves of traveling via Cebu on a discounted fare rather than opting for a direct flight service offered by Air Philippines later on a day. Its no wonder why Cebu Pacific offered its flight in the morning rather than the usual mid-day flight for secondary destinations.

The airport is the gateway for both Ozamiz and Pagadian Cities where bulk of the airline passengers came from but such demand may have to change three months from now as the Pagadian airport goes on line and re-opens to the public this September for commercial operation.

It is expected that its present passenger volume will be split up again once both airlines start serving Pagadian airport.
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RPMO heats up as airlines battle for air supremacy



Ozamiz - Philippine Airlines may have won the battle early by keeping its competitor, low cost carrier Cebu Pacific out of its terminal building but has not deterred 5J to slowly swallow its market share away from its subsidiary, firstly, from Air Philippines and second, from PAL Express when it introduced service to the newly reopened airport late last year.

Ozamiz Labo airport re-opened to the public on July 11, 2007 with President Gloria Arroyo gracing the opening ceremony after the arrival of Air Philippines 737 flight from Manila.

Since then, Air Philippines was the sole operator until the entry of Cebu Pacific on November 10, 2008 with routes to Cebu using its brand new ATR planes competing head on with PAL's second hand Q400 planes on the same day. PAL Express flew to the airport on September that year.

It took Cebu Pacific only 6 months to eat and take away the market lead and headway of both Air Philippines and PAL Express. Similar scenarios has been happening in Dumaguete and Naga where both airlines wrestle for market lead and passenger demands.

This month, the competition will go to the next level as both airlines will introduce A319 aircraft to the airport after the runway extension project was completed a month ago.

Philippine Airlines will introduce a daily service to the airport on June 15 replacing the 20 years old Boeing 737-200 plane of its subsidiary Air Philippines while Cebu Pacific jet will land at Ozamiz airport the next day on a four times a week service to usher a new era of competition for direct jet flights to Manila.

The competition is so hot at Ozamiz Airport that most of Manila bound passengers content themselves of traveling via Cebu on a discounted fare rather than opting for a direct flight service offered by Air Philippines later on a day. Its no wonder why Cebu Pacific offered its flight in the morning rather than the usual mid-day flight for secondary destinations.

The airport is the gateway for both Ozamiz and Pagadian Cities where bulk of the airline passengers came from but such demand may have to change three months from now as the Pagadian airport goes on line and re-opens to the public this September for commercial operation.

It is expected that its present passenger volume will be split up again once both airlines start serving Pagadian airport.
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Old June 11th, 2009, 03:05 AM   #183
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Work to start on $1-billion logistics hub in Clark Freeport


CLARK FREEPORT — Work will soon start to develop a 167-hectare prime property adjacent to the Diosdado Macapagal International Airport into the $1-billion Global Gateway Logistics City (GGLC), Clark International Airport Corp. (CIAC) President and CEO Victor Jose I. Luciano said in a speech here yesterday.

The project, launched on Sept. 1 last year, will be developed by Kuwait-based KGL Investment Company.

Mr. Luciano was speaking in ceremonies at the CIAC Aerodrome Canteen after distributing a total of P1.5 million in financial assistance to eight informal settlers who would be displaced by the project. CIAC estimates it will have to pay a total of P23.5 million to 107 such settlers.

"The Global Gateway Logistics City will soon rise to create employment for your children as well as to catapult the development of the Diosdado Macapagal International Airport," he told the audience, adding the project will generate 70,000 jobs in the next five to seven years.

The project will include warehousing, distribution, multi-nodal logistics, light manufacturing and other facilities to support activities in the 2,367-ha Clark Civil Aviation Complex. — RMG
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Old June 12th, 2009, 01:06 AM   #184
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Airport upgrades in Sulu and Tawi-Tawi pick up pace
(May 14, 2009)

ZAMBOANGA CITY --- Major airport runway improvements now ongoing in Sulu and Tawi-Tawi are expected to improve air linkages with the rest of the country and help boost the economy of the Sulu Archipelago.

Both runway improvement projects are currently more than 50 percent complete and are expected to be completed by the end of August 2009.

The Jolo airport project in Sulu includes replacing and widening the existing asphalt runway, and extending it from 1,200 meters to 1,845 meters.

The Sanga-Sanga (Bongao) airport runway in Tawi-Tawi is being extended from 1,611 meters to 1,930 meters, and widened to 30 meters.

The main airports in both provinces are being improved and extended through partnerships between the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC), the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines, the provincial governments, and the United States government, through USAID’s Growth with Equity in Mindanao (GEM) Program.

“These improvements will ensure safer airport operations and higher-capacity air linkages as well as open up more trade, tourism and investment opportunities in the region.,” said Undersecretary Virgilio Leyretana, Sr., chairman of the Mindanao Economic Development Council (MEDCo), which oversees the implementation of the GEM Program.

Following the improvements, larger aircrafts used by major domestic carriers, such as A320s and B737s, will be able to land at these two airports.

“There is great potential in eco-tourism here, especially if air links to neighboring countries are established,” said Abdelnooh Hajirul, president of the Tawi-Tawi Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

“Our waters are ideal for culturing high-value commercial marine species like grouper and abalone which are exported to Asian markets,” Hajirul said.

The airport upgrade in Tawi-Tawi is being complemented by an ongoing bridge-road partnership project, between the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), the provincial government, and USAID’s GEM Program.

The bridge-road project will directly link for the first time Sanga-Sanga Island—where the airport is located—and the provincial capitol to the largest island of Tawi-Tawi.

As part of the project, DPWH and DPWH-ARMM are constructing three steel bridges, and a road linking two of the bridges, on the islet of Bakhaw Dakula.

The 8.4-km road connecting the bridges to the Tawi-Tawi Island highway network are being upgraded by DPWH-ARMM, while the 9.3-km road connecting the Sanga-Sanga side is being upgraded by the United States government.

Meanwhile, another major project in Sulu is the ongoing upgrade of the Jolo water system, through a partnership between the provincial government, Local Water Utilities Administration (LWUA), Jolo Mainland Water District, and the GEM Program, which will make the water district capable of providing potable water to about 70,000 residents.
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Cusi: 2 more airlines to relocate to Terminal 3

TWO more airlines are expected to relocate their operations to the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3 within the year, joining the three carriers already operating at the facility.

Alfonso Cusi, general manager of the Manila International Airport Authority, declined to name the two airlines, but said their system requirements matched that of Terminal 3. The terminal can accommodate 13 million passengers.

Cebu Pacific operates its domestic and international flights from Terminal 3, along with Air Philippines and PAL Express which run domestic flights from the facility.

Terminal 3 has processed 8 million passengers in its first year of operations, leaving capacity of 5 million more passengers.

Cusi said there could even be room for at least one more airline, but only two were accommodated this year to avoid choking the system.

Relocating at least two international carriers to Terminal 3 would ease the load of Terminal 1, which currently hosts some 30 international carriers.

He said that about 50 to 60 percent of the new passenger terminal was operational, excluding the parking and mall areas.

“The other airlines will transfer to Terminal 3 as soon as the baggage handling system, check-in system and flight information details system are online,” said Cusi.

He said the baggage system was still manually operated while the flight information details system was still a stand-alone system.

Meanwhile, Cusi said passenger traffic was growing despite the global economic crisis and the influenza A(H1N1) scare.
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Hmmm.. I wonder what international airliners are moving to T3
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Old June 13th, 2009, 01:34 AM   #187
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Hawaiian firms up its hold in Manila

It is only fitting for Hawaiian Airlines to finally make Manila a flagship route as aloha to all the Filipinos who have made Hawaii their home away from home. This US state of around 1.2 million people is home to about 180,000 residents of Filipino descent. It is of no surprise that the demand for travel among tourists, relatives and even business travelers to and from the Philippines is constant. No wonder there was no stopping when Hawaiian Airlines held a colorful luau appreciation bash in the ballroom of the so “in” Renaissance Hotel in Makati, dahlings.

During his early visits to the country, Hawaiian Airlines president and CEO Mark Dunkerley said, “The deep cultural and historic bond between the Philippines and Hawaii is another major reason for travelers to make more frequent trips. Hawaiian Airlines reports a steady growth of Philippine passenger traffic month after month during its first year of operations in the country. This includes increasing bookings for US West Coast routes.”

No wonder PTAA gave the Best in Marketing Efforts Award to Hawaiian Airlines during the travel expo. In the international scene, the company held its status as a “top-rank US carrier for quality service for 2008,” according to the 19th annual US national Airline Quality Rating (AQR). Now, that’s what namedropping is all about, palanggas.

Even before its inaugural flight from Manila last year, the company made donations to Hospicio de San José and treated 15 children from Children’s Hour, Gawad Kalinga and Hospicio to a short but fun flight on board Hawaiian Airlines.

“Hawaiian Airlines remains positive despite the restrictive effects of the global economic crunch on international travel and tourism. It started out strong in its maiden year in the Philippines, and expects to continue to fly high as it navigates the challenging year ahead. The ties that bind the Philippines and Hawaii will see it through.” Well said by brilliant lawyer and Airbridges Travel president Mike Toledo.

Did you know that Hawaiian Airlines is the only US carrier that flies nonstop from Manila to Honolulu four times weekly and onward to Los Angeles, Las Vegas, San Francisco, Phoenix, Sacramento, Portland and San José, dahlings?
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Hawaiian Airlines declares Manila its flagship route

Latest total passenger figures for the airline disclosed a decreasing number of six percent in May while its load factor declined 2.4 percentage points to 83.3 percent, as compared with the same month in 2008.

For the year to date through May, Hawaiian’s load factor, meaning the percentage of seating capacity that is utilized in proportion to the number of seats offered was down 3.1 percentage points to 82.7 percent, while the total number of passengers carried grew 5.6 percent to 3.3 million.

Hawaiian Airlines is Hawaii’s largest and longest-serving airline, and the second-largest provider of passenger air service between the U.S. Mainland and Hawaii. It also flies to the Philippines, Australia, American Samoa and Tahiti.
However, its Manila figures showed an impressive run of growth of more than two percentage points while its load factor consistently stays above 90 percent buoyed by support of the growing Filipino community of Hawaii and the mainland United States making a connecting flight.

Hawaii has more than 180,000 growing Filipino community with a State population of more than 1.2 million inhabitants.

Hawaiian Airlines president and CEO Mark Dunkerley remarked that its flight to Manila is always full of Filipino passengers accounting almost 80% of its load. “The deep cultural and historic bond between the Philippines and Hawaii is another major reason for travelers to make more frequent trips." he quipped.

Durkerkley also said that Hawaiian Airlines is reporting a steady growth of Philippine passenger traffic month after month during its first year of operations in the country. And this includes increased bookings for US West Coast routes. The airline started service to the country on April 17, 2008.

Aside from Honolulu its top connecting destinations include Los Angeles, Las Vegas, and San Francisco while the airline also registered lately growing Filipino passenger traffic from Phoenix, Sacramento, Portland and San Jose connecting to Honolulu and Manila.
The Philippine Travel Agencies Association (PTAA) however has a different explanation to Hawaiian Airlines success in the Philippines after it successfully wrestled and gained market share from Philippine Airlines which prompted the latter to introduce innovations to keep its lead.

The significant rate of both incoming and outgoing passengers can also be attributed to the airline company’s aggressive marketing through sales blitzes and promotions says Paz Alberto, PTAA President. It was for this reason that the Philippine Travel Agencies Association (PTAA) gave the Best in Marketing Efforts Award to Hawaiian Airlines during the recent Travel Expo.

On the same note, Mike Toledo of PTAA said that “Hawaiian Airlines remains positive despite the restrictive effects of the global economic crunch on international travel and tourism. It started out strong in its maiden year in the Philippines, and expects to continue to fly high as it navigates the challenging year ahead. The ties that bind the Philippines and Hawaii will see it through.
Durkerkley maintained that Hawaiian Airlines’ commitment to operate in the Philippines even goes beyond business from world class quality service to child-centered activities. Hawaiian has led all U.S. carriers in on-time performance for each of the past five years (2004-2008) and has also been an industry leader in fewest misplaced bags during that same period (#1 from 2005-2007, #2 in 2008) as reported by the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Consumer surveys by Conde Nast Traveler,Travel + Leisure and Zagat have all ranked Hawaiian as the top domestic airline serving Hawaii.

The airline also earned the distinction of being a top ranked carrier in the US for service quality in 2008 as reported by the 19th Annual National Airline Quality Rating (AQR).
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PAL TO DEFER/CANCEL DELIVERY OF BOENG 777 300ER AIRCRAFT?

This has been the talk on the line for about sometime now.

Basically that PAL management is considering deferring or outright canceling or modify its order for Boeing 777 200 ER aircraft at this time where it looks like the Philippines will remain under US FAA Category Status 2.

All these speculations about the possible aircraft deferment/cancellation is the topic of a June 15, 2009 (Monday) Business Mirror article.

The article writes that PAL management is rethinking about shelving the purchase of 6 Boeing 777 300 ER aircraft citing the looming possibility that the US FAA will not lift its Category 2 status rating of the Philippines when it does it review in October.

The Category 2 status limits Philippine Airlines from flying new aircraft and e to other gateway cities that PAL planned for its US expansion.

Article also mentions, that most likely PAL will honor the delivery of 2 of its prior order of 6 Boeing 777 300 ER aircraft and use it for flights to Canada, Australia and Japan , while moving utilization of the A340 aircraft to its Los Angeles routes.

This is indeed a very sad development. I would think there is some truth to the article and rumors as crew training for 777 ER aircraft has not commenced with just a few months left of its scheduled delivery.

To read the whole Business Mirror article :

PAL RETHINKS BOEING PURCHASE

http://businessmirror.com.ph/home/to...-purchase.html
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PAL rethinks Boeing purchase
By Recto L. Mercene

FLAG carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) is reported to be shelving its planned purchase of about six units of the long-range Boeing 777-300ER because the Philippines remains in Category 2 status since its downgrading by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in the last quarter of 2007.

The Faa will not allow any Philippine air carrier to mount new destinations in the United States unless Category 1 status has been reaquired through sweeping reforms in the local aviation industry.

Although the former Air Transportation Office has been abolished and replaced by the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (Caap), its director general, Ruben F. Ciron, is finding that getting back to Category 1 is a long and difficult process.

Ciron, who took over the Caap in June 2008, has discovered that the reported “autonomy” granted by the Caap for him to put in place sweeping reforms is not easily enforceable.

For one, the Caap remains under the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC), which means reforms must have the approval of Secretary Leandro Mendoza.

Pressing more technical men into service means going through the requirements imposed by the Civil Service Commission (CSC), and having his funds scrutinized by the Budget Department.

The Caap has trouble recruiting highly technical men because of the low salary structure. But when the Caap submitted a salary scale that appears to overtake the levels of those from the DOTC, the latter’s executives balked, demanding to know what technical know-how these men have that they don’t.

When Ciron suspended an assistant for committing eight counts of alleged illegal transactions, the executive refused to submit himself to an accounting before his peers and brought the case before the Pasay City Regional Trial Court (RTC).

The Pasay RTC junked the case, although the Caap said that may not be the end of it.

Caap in limbo; PAL cautious

These difficulties are preventing the Caap from focusing on its main objectives of addressing the problems that the FAA wants solved before the authority is allowed to regain its Category 1 status.

So long as the Caap remains in limbo, PAL has to reconsider its expansion plans, according to sources in the aviation industry.

On December 6, 2006, PAL signed an agreement with Boeing for two Boeing 777-300ER aircraft, with a purchase agreement for two more aircraft. A separate agreement to lease two additional 777-300ERs from General Electric Capital Aviation Services was signed as well.

Delivery of the four 777-300ERs will commence in 2009. In May 2007, PAL exercised its rights to purchase an additional two 777-300ERs for delivery in 2011.

However, Jaime Bautista, PAL president, is reported to be wary about ending up with airplanes that have no routes to fly, as they are not prepared to enter Europe at this stage when American doors are closed for them to expand.

The effect of the downgrading is that PAL and other Philippine air carriers would not be able to apply for new routes in the United States until the Category 1 rank is reinstalled.

Bautista said that having two new planes is manageable, as they can find routes easily for them, but the third one will be more difficult at this stage of their finances.

The airline intends to fly the triple seven to Canada, Japan and Australia for the time being and will transfer the A340 to Los Angeles by November.

Same caution everywhere

An aviation source said that most international airlines in the world are either

deferring or canceling (then buying a cheaper aircraft type) their orders because of the global financial crisis.

The Boeing 777 is a long-range, wide-body twin-engine airliner, now considered the world’s largest twinjet and commonly referred to as the “Triple Seven.”

The aircraft can carry between 283 and 368 passengers in a three-class configuration and has a range from 5,235 to 9, 380 nautical miles. It is designed to bridge the capacity difference between the B767 and the B747.
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Air Philippines arrives Surigao four months late
June 16, 2009
Air Philippines finally fly Surigao this summer!
Summer of the western world that is...


Manila- Low Cost Carrier Air Philippines arrived late in Surigao but still on time for the summer period in the western world as it will start daily service instead of 4 times a week schedule originally slated in March this July 1st.

The airline founded in 1995, will substitute PAL Express Q400 service and operates on code share agreement with Philippine Airlines.

A Boeing 727-200 jet aircraft, which seat 118 passengers in a monoclass layout, will be deployed on the route. AirPhil will start daily jet service between Manila and Surigao starting July 1, 2009. Flights from Manila will depart 8:45 am, arriving Surigao at 10:15 am. The return flight leaves Surigao airport at 10:45 am and lands in Manila 12:15 pm. It operates at the new Terminal 3.

Air Philippines President & CEO Capt. Edilberto R. Medina said that it concluded a probing flight to Surigao City on 16 February and while they intend to launch flight there as originally scheduled some unforseen technical circumatances were going there way which prompted them to delay the service. The culprit seems to be the airport's preparedness to handle a jet flight and training of some CAAP personnel to emergency situation.

Surigao will becomes Air Philippines’ 9th domestic destination in the airline’s expanding route network based at hubs in Manila and Cebu. The airline has recently suspended its commercial operations to three major Mindanao cities in July last year and reduced much of its frequency for its main Visayas-Mindanao service due to massive losses and intense competition with Cebu Pacific.

The airline took off its last flight to Ozamiz City last June 14, 2009 to give way to its sister company, Philippine Airlines. In a press release, AirPhil. decided to leave Ozamiz after observing the city's rapid economic expansion that requires bigger aircraft to accommodate the growing volume of air travelers and cargo.

Airline industry sources however said that the entry of Cebu Pacific's direct Manila service paved the way for its eventual exit based on its experience at the Dumaguete Airport.

The source said the airline’ cannot anymore justify fuel bill as the cause but have to contend with heavy competitions from both Cebu Pacific and Zest Airways which are introducing newer and better aircraft at the same charging fare at a lower cost, and passenger awareness to choose to ride newer and better planes.

Air Philippines fare was considerably higher than Cebu Pacific and Philippine Airlines flight from Dipolog which prompted other passengers to ride from Dipolog airport instead while others contend themselves of booking early for the Cebu stops.

The airline has been hit particularly hard by high petroleum prices in 2008 because its jet fleet consists mostly of 20-year-old Boeing 737-200s, whose engines are substantially less fuel-efficient than their modern counterparts. To operate profitably, they have to maintain load consistency and pricing strategy which they can do at will while being alone in a particular market.

With impending profitability warning, the airline surrendered Ozamiz to its much bigger sister while enjoying happily at Surigao Airport. The Airbus 319 which Cebu Pacific had is not certified to fly safely at the current Surigao airport until after runway extensions and safety areas has been met.

Air Philippines fly only profitable routes in Puerto Princesa, Iloilo, Cebu, Davao, Naga, and this time Surigao while it buys time for a better market conditions but that condition is slowly being eaten by Zest Airways . It has 7 active Boeing 737-200 advance and 1 Boeing 737-300 aircraft on its fleet. Presently, it operates only 4 aircraft and grounded 4 others. Air Philippines has announced a plan to completely ground its old 737s by 2010 but deferred its implementation due to massive losses in 2008. The airline is expected to receive two A320 this year and a solid black financial performance.
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This international terminal in Manila is in bad need of scrubbing.
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Or maybe clad it with aluminum panels.
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The brutalist style of architecture is really brutal especially when the air so polluted. Soot and grime sticks to it. The whole area needs scrubbing and not just the terminal.
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Zest Air launches 2nd Davao Flight

ZEST AIR, Asia's refreshing airline, launches a second flight to Davao in the evening effective May 16, utilizing the spacious, wide-seat 162-seater Airbus 320. Among the advantages and benefits of using Zest Air to and from Davao are: an all year-round, ALL-IN commuter fare of P 1,788, accessible departure terminal conveniently located at the Manila Domestic Airport, Pasay City, refreshing drinks served free during the flight, newspapers and ZEST Inflight Magazine to read.

The regular schedule of the Manila-Davao and vice versa flight is: the plane leaves Manila at 4:05 am and arrives Davao at 5:50 a.m. leaves Davao at 6:40 pm and arrives Manila at 8:25 pm. The additional flight to Davao by May 16, 2009 is: it leaves Manila 7:15 pm and arrives Davao at 9:00 pm, leaves Davao at 9:50 pm and arrives Manila at 11:35 pm.

Other Zest Air commuter routes include: Cebu, Iloilo, Legaspi, Marinduque, Naga, San Jose, Mindoro (with an ALL-IN fare of only P 488); Bacolod Calbayog, Catarman, Kalibo, Tacloban and Virac (with an ALL-IN fare of P 788).

Zest Air also flies to liesure destinations such as: Boracay, Tagbilaran and Puerto Princesa (fare is P 788) and Busuanga (P 488). Travel period is on-going until December 31, 2009. Soon, Zest Air will be adding more flights and will include international flights such as Korea, China, Japan, Hongkong and Macau.
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With protectionist measures in place, keeping fellow ASEAN based LCCs like AirAsia, Tiger and Jetstar out, one would think that Fillipino carriers would be able to get their "thing" together... and venture out ASAP.
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Old June 16th, 2009, 07:55 PM   #197
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Hm? All three airlines serve the Philippines, but only through MNL/CRK. AirAsia though has intentions to serve Cebu, Davao and Zamboanga.
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Cebu Pacific increases Airbus A320


aircraft order to 15
Continues to expand across the Asian region
Cebu Pacific (CEB), Asia’s 3rd largest low-cost airline, has increased to 15 from ten the number of Airbus A320 aircraft it is buying and is studying whether it should order five more.

At 20 aircraft, the total investment required would reach $1.3 billion. Delivery of the 180-seat aircraft will be from October 2010 to November 2013.

CEB president and CEO Lance Gokongwei said the additional orders are needed because of the airline’s expanding domestic and international operations.

“The global economic downturn notwithstanding, we are experiencing a surge in the number of passengers flying Cebu Pacific mainly because of our low fares. We expect this growth to continue, hence our decision to further expand our fleet,” he said.

Cebu Pacific carried close to seven million passengers last year and expects to carry nine million this year. From 2010 onwards, the numbers should continue to grow as more aircraft are deployed to serve more destinations.

Altogether, CEB has now placed firm orders of 27 A320 Family aircraft with 12 already delivered. “We currently operate 21 aircraft from the A320 family, including nine leased aircraft, with an average age of just 1.9 years.” Lance Gokongwei emphasized.

The new A320s will be powered by CFM International’s CFM56-5B engines (worth US$140 million) which are very efficient and have better fuel consumption. The engine also meets the latest environmental protection standards set by the International Civil Aviation Organization for its low carbon dioxide emission.

The airline had earlier signed a US$100-million OnPoint solution agreement with GE Aviation’s services business. The 12-year service contract includes general maintenance and repairs, parts procurement, technology upgrades, engine leasing, and overhaul of the CFM56-5B engines.

“This expansion will more than double passenger capacity and enable us to provide our trademark low fares for new domestic and international destinations. We expect to increase our passenger numbers from nine million this year to 15 million in 2013,” Gokongwei said.

CEB operates flights to 15 cities in Asia and 32 domestic destinations using 21 Airbus aircraft and eight ATR aircraft.

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Asian, low-cost airlines boost Airbus


LE BOURGET, France - Asian and low-cost airlines defied worries about the global recession and placed dozens of orders with Airbus at the Paris Air Show on Tuesday, in sharp contrast to rival Boeing, which reported no new sales.

Planemakers at the world's biggest air show are trying to coax airlines and governments to open their pocketbooks and buy more aircraft despite plunging passenger loads and revenues.

Airbus CEO Tom Enders declared that Tuesday's sunny skies — after pelting rain on Monday's opening day — boded well for business.


Airbus announced two firm orders from Vietnam Airlines and the Philippines low-cost airline Cebu Pacific worth $1.8 billion on Tuesday. Vietnam Airlines ordered 16 Airbus A321 single-aisle jets worth $1.4 billion and pledged to buy two more A350-XWB planes.

The airline made a deposit and signed a memorandum of understanding for the two A350 planes, which falls short of a firm sale and means Airbus does not count the order in its overall tally.

Cebu Pacific made a firm order for five single-aisle A320s worth a total of $385 million at list prices. Airlines often negotiate substantial discounts to catalog prices, particularly in tough economic times.

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International air passenger traffic drops
By Darwin G. Amojelar


INTERNATIONAL passenger traffic in the Philippines fell in the first three months of the year due to the global economic crisis, the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) said Monday.

Data from CAB showed that international passenger traffic went down by 4.2 percent to 2.97 million in the first quarter from 3.1 million in the same period last year.

Of the total, incoming passengers were down by 6.7 percent to 1.4 million, while outgoing passengers slipped to 1.58 million from 1.65 million.

Porvenir Porciuncula, CAB deputy executive director, said the decline in passenger traffic “is [due to] the global economic slowdown.”

He said passenger traffic would slow down further in the second quarter due to the A(H1N1) scare.

Of the 43 carriers with authority to fly in and out of the country, only 32 airlines operated during the period. The CAB said Air Nauru, Aeroflot, Air France, Vietnam Airlines, Canadian Airlines and British Airways ceased flying to the Philippines in 2001 followed by Swissair, Egyptair, Air France and P.T. Bouraq in 2004.

Philippine Airlines (PAL) flew 880,642 international passengers, down by 3.6 percent from 910,508 passengers last year. The flag-carrier’s incoming traffic stood at 411,572, while outgoing passengers reached 469,070.

Cebu Pacific carried 352,226 international passengers, or 4.7 percent higher than the 336,246 in the same period last year. Of the total, incoming passengers numbered 165,552 while outgoing passengers stood at 186,674.

Asian Spirit had no passengers during the period, while Southeast Asian Airlines flew 225.

Foreign airlines like Cathay Pacific carried 355,547 passengers; Northwest Airlines, 125,598; Singapore Airlines, 128,133; Korean Air, 57,784; Emirates Air, 99,376; Japan Airlines, 105,842; Thai Airways, 72,039; China Airlines, 67,403; Gulf Air, 68,971; and Asiana Airlines, 129,538.

Lufthansa and Dragon Air also had no passengers during the first quarter.

The regulator said domestic air traffic grew 21 percent to 3.4 million passengers from 2.8 million in the same three-month period last year.

The industry’s load factor—the number of seats occupied during a flight—climbed to 77 percent in the first three months from 75.6 percent in the same period in 2008.

The total number of seats during the period reached 4.29 million, up from 3.4 million in the same period previously.
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With protectionist measures in place, keeping fellow ASEAN based LCCs like AirAsia, Tiger and Jetstar out, one would think that Fillipino carriers would be able to get their "thing" together... and venture out ASAP.
Air Asia & Tiger flies to CRK daily, while Jetstar flies to MNL.
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