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Old June 26th, 2009, 07:05 AM   #221
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A planned new Philippine carrier called Spirit of Manila aims to launch passenger services from Clark in the Philippines to destinations in the Middle East.

An official at the company, who wishes to remain anonymous, confirms the planned carrier has received approval from the Philippine Civil Aeronautics Board to launch services to the Middle East.

“Within six months we will be flying and in the next two to three months” hope to get an air operator’s certificate, he says.

Spirit of Manila has been negotiating with an undisclosed leasing company for dry-leases on Boeing 767-300ERs and hopes to conclude a deal soon and receive the first aircraft “in the next few weeks”, says the official.

It is looking to dry-lease two or three 767-300ERs and later add Boeing 747-400s on dry-lease, he says, adding that the day after tomorrow it will begin advertising for pilots and hopes to recruit Filipino pilots working overseas who wish to return home.

Some reports in the Philippines, quoting unnamed sources, say the airline has a minority shareholder from the Middle East but the official ATI spoke to says the carrier is 100% Philippine-owned and that the owners are mostly individual Filipino investors.

He also says: “We will not be competing against Philippine Airlines (PAL) or Cebu Pacific because we will operate out of Clark and not Manila.”

The airline will focus on operating on routes to the Middle East, a region where PAL has refrained from serving in its own right, he says.

These flights will primarily cater to Filipinos working in the Middle East, he says, referring to the thousands of Filipinos who work in the Middle East largely in the household services, hospitality, construction and petrochemical industries.

PAL sells airfares for flights from Manila to Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Doha and Dubai but these are codeshare flights operated by Etihad Airways, Gulf Air, Qatar Airways and Emirates.

The official was responding to reports in the Philippines quoting the Civil Aeronautics Board deputy executive director, Carmelo Arcilla, as saying the board has just granted approval to Spirit of Manila and TransGlobal Airways to operate to the Middle East.

TransGlobal executives were unavailable for comment today. It is based at Clark - an airport outside Manila – and already operates Boeing 737-200 freighter flights to China and Taiwan.

In January the airline’s director of international marketing, Real Carpio, told ATI the carrier planned to add a Boeing MD-82 and MD-83 for passenger flights to South Korea.
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Old June 26th, 2009, 07:12 AM   #222
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Kabankalan City Airport Construction Making Headway


Construction of the Kabankalan City Airport has already made a lot of headway as Mayor Pedro Zayco is determined that the facility will be operational by 2014.

The airport, situated in Barangay Hilamonan, some four kilometers from the urban center will make it conveniently accessible for the airplane-riding public of the city and the outlying towns and cities in Southern Negros Occidental to avail of modern air transportation to many parts of the country.

According to Mayor Zay-co, the airport will cost approximately P600 million when totally completed.

Messrs. Gino Garaygay, City Administrator and Engr. Rogelio M. Diaz stated that the design of the airport was completed in 2008. The land area of the airport covers 110 hectares of prime lands where 90% has already been paid for. That the CLOA holders have already over P40 million who were paid on the average of P220,000 per hectare.

Later acquisitions cost the city some P290,000 per hectare. NAPOCOR has also acquired several hectares for its office and transmission lines which were sold to them at P1 million per hectare. This price was set by the SP of Kabankalan City during their regular session on December 16, 1998 per Resolution No. 98-2077, when the zoning of the City was finalized.

Construction of the airport, according to Garaygay and Engineer Diaz, the construction will be further accelerated by mid 2009 and 2010 in order to meet the deadline set by Mayor Zayco. By then, access roads from Negros Oriental and in Kabankalan will also be constructed through a loan of P308 million from the Development Bank of the Philippines. These road will be connecting with the towns of Bayawan, Mabinay and Ayungon in Negros Oriental.

Mayor Zayco also affirmed that their projects will be made possible this year and the coming years with the projected increase in the City’s Internal Revenue Allotment which will be up to P569,312, 908.00 as some 16 cities have already been invalidated.

Queried as to what types of planes could be accommodated in this airport, Mayor Zayco said that the ATR 72-500 with a passenger capacity of 62-74 and the DASH 8-400 which has a capacity of 68-78 passengers will be initially accommodated in this facility.

Mayor Zayco paid tribute to the late Gov. Joseph Marañon for having encouraged them to embark on this project.

According to Mayor Zayco, this airport will give impetus to his vision of the continuing socio-economic development of Southern Negros Occidental as well as become the “gateway for eco-tourism projects in this area.”*

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PROJECT WATCH: Laguindingan Airport 60% complete by yearend
Filed under: construction, economy, investments | Tags: Cagayan-Iligan Corridor, Laguindingan Airport |


The construction of the P7.853-billion Laguindingan Airport Project (LADP) is expected to be 60% complete by end of 2009, right on target of January 2012 .


As of May 17, this year, the project manager reported that the civil works on the entire airport site and the construction of the 7,200-square-meter passenger terminal building have a combined 41.91 percent accomplishment. Based on the accomplishment report, the project registered a 12.73 percent positive slippage or 5.33 months ahead of the original schedule.

On the construction of the airport’s 4.4-kilometer four-lane access road, the work under Phase 1 (as of May 15, 2009) was already 96.88 percent accomplished while the Phase 2 was 85.32 percent done. The two phases both involve the embankment, sub-grade and sub-base course laying, drainage while the second phase includes clearing and grubbing and limestone excavation.

The access road, which connects the airport site to the Iligan-Cagayan de Oro-Butuan highway, covers an area of 24.11 hectares with total project cost of P187.765 million and is being undertaken by Vicente T. Lao Construction.

An airport layout plan shows that the LADP consists of a 2,100-meter x 45-meter runway, 23-meter x 260-meter taxiways, main apron measuring some 130 meters x 355 meters (five aircraft bays, laboratory building, air traffic control tower with the operation building. Other structures will include a cargo terminal building, maintenance building, antenna farm, fuel farm with a pumping area, crash fire and rescue area, a reserved hangar area, a guardhouse, and a two chamber sewerage and waste-water treatment plant. The main airport area will have a 12,000-meter perimeter fence.

Construction work is being undertaken by contractor Hanjin Heavy Industries and Construction Co. Ltd. (HHIC), a South Korean firm.
The DOTC PMO has also hired the technical services of Yooshin Engineering Corporation through its local counterpart, Schema Konsult Inc.
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Landing on Tail wind
Planes landing gear remains stuck on the mud

June 27, 2009

Airport remains closed today as technical crews failed to retrieved the plane from the runway end safety area (RESA), an unpaved portion at the end of the runway that further restrict the rolling movements of an aircraft overshooting a runway. It is normally 30 meters in length at the end of paved runway.

The ditch and the mud that helped stop the plane from going further to the sea is also the reason for its difficult retrieval operations as three payloaders failed to remove it away from the runway.

Initial investigation showed that the pilot, Capt. Bernard Hervoso, was directed by air traffic controller to use Runway 06, the “active” runway at the time of approach when he asked for landing instructions from the tower. However, it was reported that Hervoso requested to use Runway 24 instead which was in the wind.

The request was granted, although it would mean that the airplane would be landing with a tail wind. Wind-speed was not immediately known and if it was minimal as not to affect the landing procedure.

Investigators are now verifying eyewitnesses reports that the plane was flying very fast on finals and landed almost at the middle of the less than a kilometer long runway. There was also allegation that the aircraft was overweight on landing as it was carrying more than that allowed for the aircraft for landing at Caticlan airport. There has been suspension of all flights a day before the accident due to typhoon. The MA-60, Q300 and ATR72 which uses the runway are all listed by CAAP to fly Caticlan with weight restrictions, meaning they cannot carry full load of passengers and cargo.

Flight operations in and out of the airport is expected to return to normal schedule by tomorrow.

ICAO Data disclosed that runway overruns and undershoots by aircraft are a relatively frequent occurrence in the world with an average of at least one happening every week worldwide.

Runway overruns are the fourth largest cause of airline fatalities in the US alone. It has been stated by the FAA Airport Design Division that approximately 90% of runway undershoot or overruns are contained within 300 metres of the runway end.

The existence of RESA at the airports runway contributed to a reduction in the consequences of such over-runs as has frequently been demonstrated in avoidable hazardous outcomes as exemplified by this overrun incident.
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Airport project seen to generate up to P10 billion in new investments
By Ma. Elisa P. Osorio Updated June 29, 2009 12:00 AM
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MANILA, Philippines - Investments worth up to P10 billion are expected to enter Boracay after the private sector builds its new international airport, Caticlan International Airport Development Corp. (CIADC) Financial adviser Joey Valdes said.

Akean Resorts Corp., the owner of the land where the new airport will be built, said they will develop a resort city near the airport.

Meanwhile, more tourists will be able to fly in and out of Boracay as the government and the private sector announced they will start the refurbishing of the new airport which will triple the size of the existing terminal in Caticlan.

The project is part of the P2.5-billion infrastructure project of the CIADC led by George Yang and the Alba-owned Akean Resorts Corp.

This is the first time the private sector has undertaken the development of an airport. Most of the proponents of the project have investments in hotels and resorts in Boracay.

Yang said the existing airport is only 500 square meters. However, after phase one A of the project, the airport will now have two floors waiting area and will be 1,600 square meters big. Phase one A, which will be done in the next six months, involves improving the existing terminal. It includes putting up more safety equipment and more conveyors.

Phase one B on the other hand involves the extension of the runway to 1.95 kilometers in order to accommodate larger planes.

Phase two, which costs almost P2 billion, will include the reclamation of 1.5 kilometers of land in order to extend further the runway to 2.1 kilometers.

Yang said this will make Caticlan Airport an international airport. He said the goal is to allow regional carriers to fly directly to Caticlan. From the existing 650,000 visitors per year to the island, the new airport will increase it to one million tourists annually. The airport has a capacity of 1.5 million.

The last phase will be the construction of a new terminal. Architect Basilio Valdez said the new airport will be a green airport because it will use solar and wind energy. “This airport will be the least dependent on normal energy.”

Likewise, Valdez said the airport will have a resort like quality. He said the design will be like two sailboats merging — one for departure and the other for arrival.
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CAAP bans ‘two-way’ traffic in Caticlan airport
Attributes Overran to Pilot Error

Written by Recto Mercene
29 June 2009

STARTING on June 26, the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) has banned the dual use of the Caticlan runways and reimposed the “one-way landing, one-way take-off” policy, already existing as a rule prescribed in an official document called the Aeronautical Information Publication (AIP).

Caticlan Airport, also known as the Godofredo P. Ramos Airport, has runways 06-24 and previously pilots could use either runway as they choose to do so.

CAAP, however, discourages the use of runway 24 for landing because of a 39-meter hill close to where the runway ends.

The new edict reinforces the existing AIP ruling that runway 06 would be used exclusively for take-off, while arriving aircraft would land on the 950-meter long runway 24.

CAAP director general Ruben Ciron has ordered the limitations imposed following an incident involving a Zest Air MA60 aircraft on Thursday.

The Zest Air passenger plane attempted to land on runway 24 but touched down past the threshold, or landing spot marked by white grid lines, in trying to avoid the hilltop. The twin-engine turboprop’s momentum carried it beyond the runway’s end settled on a grassy portion of the field. No one among the 55 passengers was hurt.

To prevent such incident from happening again, the CAAP chief banned the dual use of the runway. The new directive would mean that aircraft barred from landing on runway 24 because of unfavorable wind conditions or load factors would have to divert to Kalibo airport.

Caticlan Airport in Panay is the main gateway to the famed beaches of Boracay Island. Records show that 40 flights on average fly out of the Godofredo P. Ramos Airport per day.

In two separate meetings on Saturday, Ciron met with executives of Philippine Airlines and Cebu Pacific Air Inc., the latter represented by its president and CEO Lance Gokongwei, to discuss the new policy on Caticlan Airport. Both carriers appealed to Ciron to lift the ban, citing that it would adversely affect their operations.

Ciron instructed officials from both airline companies to submit a more detailed proposal to support their appeal. The proposals would be studied by a review board comprising of CAAP officials and experts from the International Civil Aviation Organization, which would study the airlines’ request for exemptions, taking into consideration the pilot’s experience and qualifications, aircraft performance and load factors, and prevailing weather conditions in the area.

According to Ciron, the upgrading of Caticlan Airport will soon be under way through a build-operate-transfer scheme approved by the Department of Transportation and Communications. Under the project, the runway would be extended to accommodate an Airbus320 aircraft or similar aircraft in size and performance and the passenger terminal would be modernized.

In the meantime, the CAAP chief said they are in the process of negotiations to remove the hill at the end of runway 24, a major obstacle that hinders pilots from making a safe approach when landing.

The CAAP considers the removal of the hill as an immediate solution to the pilots’ dilemma. Details are now being finalized with Manuel Blanco of the Aklan Resort Corp. and other lot owners for the implementation of the plan, Ciron said.
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AirAsia squares-off with Cebu Pacific.
Introduces Jakarta service in September

Jakarta - AirAsia subsidiary Indonesia AirAsia will commence daily flights between Jakarta and Manila in September as it compete head on for the first time with Asia-Pacific's third biggest budget carrier Cebu Pacific.

AirAsia had been finding difficulty in securing landing right between Manila and Cebu to points in Kota Kinabalu and Kuala Lumpur which tied its flight in Manila-Clark, a budget airport north of the capital, while there are no restrictions from Bangkok and Jakarta.

In a press conference Bapak Dharmadi, Indonesia AirAsia CEO said that the airline is almost ready to square off with the Philippines budget carrier on Jakarta-Manila route.

It will also expand existing flights from Jakarta-Singapore and Denpasar-Singapore routes from twice to four times daily while its Kuala Lumpur flights would be increased from 2 to 3 flights per day, according to Dharmadi. The airline is also set to fly Denpasar-Perth, in Australia starting July, and Saigon, Vietnam beginning September.

"We are just finalizing some things but we are ready to begin our Manila service in September," said Dharmadi as they are hoping to capture a substantial share of the volume of budget passengers traveling back and forth between Jakarta and Manila, a route currently dominated by Philippine budget carrier Cebu Pacific. The Philippines is just one of the new destinations Indonesia AirAsia is adding in an effort to grow its regional services.

Currently, 80 percent of Indonesia AirAsia flights are domestic while the other 20 percent are regional. The company is aiming to change this ratio to 75 against 25 percent, Dharmadi said.

“We have seen short-haul travel within the Asian region growing between five and ten percent over the last two years. This is partly been caused by a decline in long-haul travel to destinations outside the region,” Dharmadi stressed.

As part of its strategy to cater for the growing short-haul travel market, the company is aiming to have a fleet of 45 aircraft, all Airbus, within the next five years.
Earlier, the airline had announced its plans to open at least 10 international routes to Indonesia this year to help reach its target to carry 3.5 million passengers from Southeast Asia’s largest economy.

AirAsia is the largest low cost carrier in Asia Pacific with bases at Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia. It is currently negotiating a deal with a small airline in the Philippines to establish its local subsidiary.
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PAL performs CAAP job
Hosts airline industry maintenance safety seminar

June 29 2009

MANILA - The Philippines is hosting its first-ever seminar to promote uniformity in safety practices in civil aviation maintenance through the joint efforts of the Philippine Airlines (PAL) and the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP).

In a press release, PAL said that the Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) Maintenance Safety Seminar will take place on June 29 to July 1.

"The seminars are being conducted by the FAA in different countries in the Asia-Pacific region, in cooperation with the local aviation authority, conveying safety principles and practices," PAL said.

The seminar in the Philippines, to be held at the Century Park Hotel, will be conducted by the FAA San Francisco International Field Office. The office will be represented by assistant office manager Lori L. Aquilino; principal maintenance inspector for Philippines Larry D. Moheit; and the FAA Safety Team represented by Western Pacific FAASTeam Program Managers Jim R. Hein, Randall T. Prine and Kathleen O'Brien.

The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines, represented by Director- General Ruben F. Ciron, Eduardo G. Batac, director of Flight Standards Inspectorate Service and Teodoro L. Lasmarias, chief of Flight Operations Division, will be among the speakers and presentors during the seminar.

More than 160 aviation industry representatives from China, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Guam, Taiwan, Singapore, Macau, Papua New Guinea and the Philippines are expected to attend. Two representatives from the American Embassy in Manila will also be in attendance as observers.

Similar seminars have been conducted in Japan, Taiwan, China and Australia.

Lufthansa Technik Philippines (LTP) – PAL's maintenance service provider – will host a dinner and a tour of LTP facilities on June 29 in support of the event
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‘Cost-cutting can’t nix airline quality, safety

Written by Lenie Lectura
June 30, 2009

UNDER pressure to cut costs, Philippine Airlines (PAL) on Monday vowed to look for ways to improve operations and control cost without compromising safety.

In a speech at the Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) Maintenance Safety Seminar, PAL president Jaime Bautista said, “We try to be as innovative as the other carriers in countering the effects of the crises, but we will never cut corners on safety.”

The PAL official said safety consciousness is intrinsic to the airline’s operations. “It is part of our way of doing business. It is second nature to our staff, whether at the frontlines or the back office. We put a very high premium on safety compliance.”

PAL, said Bautista, has been included in the registry of airlines that passed the Iata (International Air Transport Association) Operational Safety Audit, or IOSA. “We therefore lay claim that PAL is the only Philippine-registered airline that is IOSA-certified, in compliance with Iata’s recent requirements for all its members.”

He stressed the importance of sharing the responsibility of promoting safety in order to survive the series of challenges plaguing the world today.

“Amid a rapidly changing aviation- industry landscape affected by the global economic slump, compounded by the A(H1N1) flu-virus pandemic and other dreadfully pernicious drawbacks, industry players are adjusting and adapting—just as we are—to be able to survive the overlapping crises,” he said.

This harsh industry environment has prompted some airlines to take bold and innovative measures. Bautista cited British Airways and Cathay Pacific, which both asked their

employees to take unpaid leaves or work with no pay. The chief executive and chief finance officer of British Airways are taking the lead by promising to work next month without withdrawing their salary.

Singapore Airlines, on the other hand, is implementing shorter work months and a freeze on wages, and is grounding 17 of their aircraft.

A number of US airlines are scrimping on their cabin service amenities. Northwest Airlines is reducing the number of available reading materials and snack items. Delta Air, American Airlines and Northwest have removed pillows from all domestic flights.

Delta has also been pushing for the use of automated, self-service check-in kiosks at airports instead of live agents. A study showed check-in kiosks cost airlines 16 cents a passenger, compared with $3.68 using ticket-counter agents.

Meanwhile, Emirates Airline redesigned its seats, taking away the foot rest, resulting in considerable aircraft weight reduction that translates to less fuel consumption.

“These manifest the perilous cost-cutting bandwagon that borders dangerously on safety issues of airline operations. I hope that through this FAA seminar, we can clearly distinguish those borders that should not be crossed,” said Bautista.

During the recent Iata annual general meeting, Giovanni Bisignani, its director general and CEO, said that last year’s total loss of airlines around the world reached more than $10 billion. For this year, he expects the total loss to reach $9 billion, due to falling demand, collapsing yields, broken consumer confidence and pandemic fears.

Total revenue of all airlines for this year is forecast to hit a staggering negative $80 billion, while the world’s jets and turboprop aircraft will consume a total of $106 billion worth of aviation fuel.

“Remember that before we faced the flu-virus pandemic, before the global financial crisis, we all got jolted by the all-time-high prices of fuel in the world market. The Association of Asia-Pacific Airlines [AAPA] echoed the gloomy observations of Iata when the AAPA reported an unprecedented 2.5 million fewer passengers who traveled on Asia-Pacific routes in the first two months of 2009,” said Bautista.

The PAL official hopes that gathering all key industry players in one venue to discuss maintenance safety is the right direction toward recognizing the responsibility they all share in promoting safety regardless of the economic environment.

“The fact remains that each of us has important roles to play in maintaining safe operations both in the air and on ground. Acquiring new insights or knowledge in this seminar will certainly be an important first step, no matter how trivial it may seem in the context of the global effort to promote air safety. The key to a successful cooperation of efforts at promoting safety is understanding the degree of complexity at which the aviation industry has evolved,” he said.

PAL is hosting the three-day seminar which aims to ensure uniformity in safety practices in civil-aviation maintenance.

Expected to attend are over 160 aviation-industry representatives from China, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Guam, Taiwan, Singapore, Macau, Papua New Guinea and the Philippines. Two representatives from the American Embassy in Manila will also attend as observers.
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The Philippine government is reportedly courting both Aeroflot and Transaero to begin MNL-MOW, with MNL-DME more likely to happen than MNL-SVO. I'd like to see Aeroflot return to Manila, though.

PAL, on the other hand, is not expected to return to Moscow with its own metal. It's more likely going to codeshare with whichever airline will commence service.
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Cebu Pacific now ranks 65 in terms of weekly flights
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Written by Lenie Lectura / Reporter
Wednesday, 01 July 2009 23:40

CEBU Pacific, the airline unit of JG Summit conglomerate, said on Wednesday that it now ranks 65th among world airlines in terms of having the most number of weekly flights.

Citing June data published by the Official Airline Guide (AOG), Cebu Pacific said affordable fares and a fleet of new planes made it possible for the company to mount more flights.

“The improvement in ranking was a result of the airline’s sustained focus on offering the newest planes and the lowest possible fares to its passengers,” Candice Iyog, vice president for marketing and distribution, said.

AOG is a global flight information and data solutions company bringing together buyers and sellers of air travel and transport for the passenger aviation, air cargo logistics and business travel markets.

Cebu Pacific, also Asia’s third largest low-cost carrier, serves 32 domestic destinations and flies to 14 cities in Asia with a total number of frequencies of 1,665 weekly.

Iyog said the airline is poised to further expand its reach as it takes delivery of more new aircraft. It has ordered 15 new Airbus A320 for delivery from 2010 until 2013 and is thinking whether it should exercise its option to buy five more.

By 2013, it should have a total of 27 Airbus aircraft and 10 turbo-prop ATRs, the youngest aircraft fleet in the Philippines.

Cebu Pacific offers affordable fares, about 40-percent cheaper on average than the other airlines. “So with low fares, new planes, and the convenience we offer by flying from four hubs, which allowed direct flights within regions and did away with flying via Manila, we in effect are offering what the people want and need,” said Iyog.

The airline operates in four hubs—Manila, Cebu, Davao and Clark—to fly a total of 1,401-times weekly within the Philippines and a total of 264–times weekly in Asia.

“We will continue to seek ways to expand and make more people fly. We have a great business model that has shown domestic growth despite the present global downturn. We are confident that our march to further growth will continue,” she said.

Cebu Pacific carried 6.7 million passengers last year and expects to this number to increase to 9 million this year. From 2010, the numbers should further increase as more aircraft are deployed to serve its growing list of destinations. The company reported that passenger traffic went up by 12 percent for its North Asia routes over the past 12 months ending May.

Its RP-North Asia passenger carriage rose by 100,364. This increased to 944,063 for the period of June 2008 to May 2009 from 843,699 for the period of June 2007 to May 2008.

The airline now flies to 15 cities in Asia and 32 domestic destinations using 21 Airbus and eight ATR aircraft, with an average fleet age of less than1.9 years.
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Cebu Pacific overtakes PAL in global ranking
abs-cbnNEWS.com | 07/02/2009 3:58 AM

MANILA - Low-cost carrier Cebu Pacific said Wednesday it has overtaken older local carrier Philippine Airlines in terms of number of weekly flights as of June. The Gokongwei-led budget carrier cited data from global flight information and data solutions company Official Airline Guide (OAG).

In a statement, Cebu Pacific said it now ranks 65th among world airlines--7 notches higher than PAL's 72nd rank this month.

Cebu Pacific has 1,655 weekly flights as of June this year, higher than PAL's 1,566.

"This new leadership milestone was a result of the airline's sustained focus on offering the newest planes and the lowest possible fares to its passengers," Cebu Pacific Vice President for Marketing and Distribution Candice Iyog said.

Delta Airlines ranked first with 26,898 weekly flights, followed by American Airlines (24,893) and United Airlines (23,996). Among Asian airlines, China Southern Airlines had the highest ranking (11th) with 9,440 weekly flights.

At present, Cebu Pacific said it is now Asia's third largest budget airline, serving 32 domestic destinations and flying to 14 cities in the region. Iyog said the airline's reach will be expanded further with the delivery of 15 new Airbus A320 over the next three years.

By 2013, Iyog said Cebu Pacific should have a total of 27 Airbus aircraft and 10 turbo-prop ATRs, the youngest aircraft fleet in the Philippines. On top of these, she said the Gokongwei-led airline is considering to buy five more planes.

"We are about 40 percent cheaper on average than the other airlines. So with low fares, new planes, and the convenience we offer by flying from four hubs--which allowed direct flights within regions anddid away with flying via Manila--we are in effect are offering what the people want and need," she said.

Cebu Pacific uses its four hubs (Manila, Cebu, Clark, and Davao) to fly 1,401 times weekly within the Philippines and 264 times weekly in Asia.

"We will continue to seek ways to expand and make more people fly. We have a great busines model that has shown domestic growth despite the present global downturn. We are confident that our march to further growth will continue," she said.

Cebu Pacific ferried 6.7 million passengers last year, and is expecting to carry close to 9 million this year. From 2010 onwards, the airline is looking at higher passenger traffic with the arrival of new aircraft and the growing list of destinations.
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Cebu Pacific overtakes PAL in global ranking
abs-cbnNEWS.com | 07/02/2009 3:58 AM

MANILA - Low-cost carrier Cebu Pacific said Wednesday it has overtaken older local carrier Philippine Airlines in terms of number of weekly flights as of June. The Gokongwei-led budget carrier cited data from global flight information and data solutions company Official Airline Guide (OAG).

In a statement, Cebu Pacific said it now ranks 65th among world airlines--7 notches higher than PAL's 72nd rank this month.

Cebu Pacific has 1,655 weekly flights as of June this year, higher than PAL's 1,566.

"This new leadership milestone was a result of the airline's sustained focus on offering the newest planes and the lowest possible fares to its passengers," Cebu Pacific Vice President for Marketing and Distribution Candice Iyog said.

Delta Airlines ranked first with 26,898 weekly flights, followed by American Airlines (24,893) and United Airlines (23,996). Among Asian airlines, China Southern Airlines had the highest ranking (11th) with 9,440 weekly flights.

At present, Cebu Pacific said it is now Asia's third largest budget airline, serving 32 domestic destinations and flying to 14 cities in the region. Iyog said the airline's reach will be expanded further with the delivery of 15 new Airbus A320 over the next three years.

By 2013, Iyog said Cebu Pacific should have a total of 27 Airbus aircraft and 10 turbo-prop ATRs, the youngest aircraft fleet in the Philippines. On top of these, she said the Gokongwei-led airline is considering to buy five more planes.

"We are about 40 percent cheaper on average than the other airlines. So with low fares, new planes, and the convenience we offer by flying from four hubs--which allowed direct flights within regions anddid away with flying via Manila--we are in effect are offering what the people want and need," she said.

Cebu Pacific uses its four hubs (Manila, Cebu, Clark, and Davao) to fly 1,401 times weekly within the Philippines and 264 times weekly in Asia.

"We will continue to seek ways to expand and make more people fly. We have a great busines model that has shown domestic growth despite the present global downturn. We are confident that our march to further growth will continue," she said.

Cebu Pacific ferried 6.7 million passengers last year, and is expecting to carry close to 9 million this year. From 2010 onwards, the airline is looking at higher passenger traffic with the arrival of new aircraft and the growing list of destinations.
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AirPhil starts daily jet service in Surigao City

Air Philippines (AirPhil), the low-cost carrier of the Lucio Tan Group, started its daily jet service between Manila and Surigao Wednesday, July 1, 2009 replacing the 76 seater-turbo prop of PAL Express.

Air Philippines’ 118-seater Boeing 737-200 touched down at the Surigao City Airport around 10:15am, yesterday with its maiden passengers from Manila formally started its daily service operation to Surigao City as the province gateway.

Flight will depart Manila at 8:45am to arrive Surigao at 10:15am. The return flight will leave Surigao at 10:45am arriving Manila at 12:15pm. AirPhil operates at the new NAIA Terminal 3.

Gov. Robert Ace Barbers in his welcome remarks cited the entry of Air Philippines as a significant development for the province as it gears toward being one of the primary tourist destinations in the country.

Meanwhile, Capt. Edilberto Medina, AirPhil President and CEO said that with the full support of the LGU and the private sector he assured the Surigaonons that there will be no turning back.

“The Air Philippines, whether you like it or not there is no turning back, with the commitment of the government and the private sector we are now partners. I hope that with our presence here we can bring more prosperity to you all.”

Medina added that this is now the answer to the popular clamor of the locals for a more convenient and affordable transport service.

Medina also announced their plan of putting up flights from Cebu to Surigao using the turboprop of PAL Express. “We will start the Cebu-Surigao the soonest possible time. We are now on the final stage of preparation,” Medina concluded. (PIA-SdN)
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