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Old November 16th, 2009, 11:10 AM   #381
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Philippine Airlines loses $18 million on first half
While Cebu Pacific profit soars.

November 15, 2009

Long Haul Hurts
Flag carrier Philippine Airlines loses its $35 million gains made in the first quarter of its fiscal year after registering an operating loss of $68.5 million as compared to the $30.1 million loss it suffered for the same period last year, a disclosure to the Philippine Stock Exchange said.

The airline disclosed Friday that
it managed to reduce a total comprehensive loss to $18.6 million from April to September, compared with $113 million for the same period last year, mainly attributed to one-time gains and reduced fuel prices, but some of its operating cost remained high prompting it to seek dramatic reduction of its workforce.

Meanwhile, its generated revenue dropped 17 percent to $716.4 million as compared with last year’s figure of $857.7 million mainly because of lower yields as it tried to offer international seats at a discount to fill its aircraft.

Already, the airline introduced reduction of capacity to its trans-pacific and Australian route to reflect the actual demand of the market which is still affected by the global downturn. It derived most of its revenue on international flights accounting almost 70 percent of its total revenue collection. Operating revenue for the first half of the year totaled $618.7 million, down by 25 percent from $825.3 million.

According to the International Air Transport Association (IATA), the airline industry is showing signs of recovery as there has been no further deterioration of business activity during the last eight months of the year, but still there was no positive development on legacy carriers such as Philippine Airlines where its international traffic have yet to rebound this year.

Passengers travelling in front cabins represent less than 10 per cent of the total number, but they typically contribute 30-40 per cent of an airline's revenue. Philippine Airlines premium segment or business class seat was the worst hit during the financial crisis as banks and corporations slashed jobs and business travel budgets to and from the Philippines while fewer OFW's returned home during the period.

A recovery in this segment is considered critical for Full Service Carrier (FSC)'s such as Philippine Airlines revenue generation. Increase of its passengers were mainly noted on its domestic service which while profitable generates the lowest yield and accounting no more than 30 percent of its revenue portfolio.

Philippine Airlines joined industry leader Singapore Airlines in the red with losses at $114 million. But the biggest loser in the industry is Japan Airlines which is forecasting to lose more than $1-billion in 2009.

The airline is expecting a traffic and performance rebound on its third quarter as it capitalize on the approach of the holiday season, a period where most Filipinos travel back home to visit their relatives. It however estimates that yields are unlikely to return to normal as other airlines compete to fill its seats as well.

PAL said that it will accept delivery of its first wide-body jet after 14 years in November 19, a Boeing 777-300ER which is the most fuel-efficient twin-engine airliner in the world having the most spacious passenger cabins for its class. It is scheduled to fly to Hong-Kong initially but will be flown eventually to Singapore, Vancouver, Sydney and Melbourne pending the FAA category downgrade. Its second triple seven is scheduled to arrive early next year while the four remaining type will join the fleet starting 2012.
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Old November 16th, 2009, 11:16 AM   #382
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Cebu Pacific registers $37 million profit

The low cost carrier Cebu Pacific Airways registered a net profit of $37 million dollars in contrast to the luckluster performance of its rival Philippine Airlines, which managed to register gross revenue amounting to $345 million dollars for the first three quarters of its calendar year, according to its financial statement filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

The airline said that additional routes, increase in flight frequencies and capacity hike due to the delivery of additional aircraft to its growing fleet of Airbus 320's and ATR 72's boosted the airline‘s financial performance, swinging to a profit of P1.78 billion against a net loss of P1.87 billion($39 million) it registered a year ago.
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Old November 16th, 2009, 11:17 AM   #383
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Zest takes the third spot and growing fast.


Zest Airways reported a growing number of passengers that it carried during the first nine months of the year as it slowly eat the domestic market pie of both Philippine Airlines and Cebu Pacific. It has yet to submit the official figures to CAB but the airline is already the third biggest carrier in the country based on number of passengers carried, surpassing the capacity of Air Philippines which hold the number three spot for quite sometime, an airline statement said.

Airline President Alfredo Yao is already pleased with the performance of his fledgling airline as it recently opened another international point to Hong-Kong from Clark in October 24 and the route so far has been operating with impressive loads that some of its flight were already fully booked. It will re-start flying to Seoul from Kalibo again on December 4 with the delivery of another brand new A320 from Toulouse, France.
“Our A320s provide our passengers with added space and comfort. It has proven to be reliable and operate at cost-efficient levels,” says airline CEO Alfredo Yao.

Zest Air’s Hong Kong and Seoul trip will make use of brand-new 162/168-seater Airbus 320 which offers the most comfortable legroom from a single-aisle plane coming from a low cost service operator with enough legroom and space to move.

The airline is already fast gaining a foothold in the aviation industry as the better transport alternative which created a buzz among business and budget conscious travelers as an airline of choice with far better service than its rivals.
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Boeing Delivers First 777 to Philippine Airlines
Milestone delivery carries humanitarian relief supplies for Filipino flood victims

EVERETT, Wash., Nov. 18 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Boeing (NYSE: BA) today delivered a 777-300ER (Extended Range) to U.S.-based leasing company GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS) and its customer, Philippine Airlines (PAL).

The new airplane is the first 777 to join PAL's fleet and is one of two leased 777-300ERs the airline will deploy on its international routes. In addition the airline has four more 777-300ERs on order directly from Boeing from 2007.

Boeing, PAL and three non-profits leveraged this delivery to bring relief to residents who were recently devastated by the massive floods from Typhoon Ketsana. With the help of AmeriCares, Humanitarian International Services Group (HISG) and Kids Against Hunger, Boeing and PAL loaded nearly 18,000 pounds of medical supplies and packaged meals into the cargo hold of the 777-300ER.

"It is our great hope that this collaborative effort will bring some comfort to the flood victims during this very challenging time," said Fred Kiga, vice president, State and Local Government Relations and Global Corporate Citizenship for the Northwest Region.

Jaime J. Bautista, PAL president, who led a small PAL delegation that joined the delivery flight to Manila, said he was glad to be able to personally deliver the relief donations to the Philippines. "The airlift of relief goods is inherent to our mandate as the Philippines flag carrier. Earlier, we conducted a similar airlift of relief from local donors. I am sure these donations will go a long way in alleviating the plight of the victims and help in rebuilding their lives," Bautista said.

The addition of the 777-300ER to the PAL fleet brings new twin-engine efficiency to the airline's long-haul fleet. The airplanes are powered by General Electric GE90-115BLs, the world's largest and most powerful commercial jet engine. The 777-300ER is well known for its cargo capacity -- up to 7,120 cubic feet (201.6 cubic meters).

"The Boeing 777-300ER is a great choice for PAL, giving Asia's first commercial airline the most efficient airplane in the 300-to-400 seat segment," said Rob Laird, vice president of Sales for East and Southeast Asia Sales, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. "It provides the airline the flexibility to serve key markets worldwide while offering its passengers the highest levels of comfort and reliability."

Philippine Airlines, the national flag carrier, conducted its first flight March 15, 1941, and has been operating longer than any other airline in Asia. PAL is a long-time Boeing customer and currently operates five Boeing 747-400s.

The Boeing 777-300ER is 19 percent lighter than its closest competitor, greatly reducing its fuel requirement. It produces 22 percent less carbon dioxide per seat and costs 20 percent less to operate per seat. The airplane can seat up to 365 passengers in a three-class configuration and has a maximum range of 7,930 nautical miles (14,685 km). The 777 family is the world's most successful twin-engine, twin-aisle airplane. Fifty-seven customers around the world have ordered more than 1,100 777s.
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any idea which route the 777 will be used for?
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Old November 20th, 2009, 10:43 AM   #386
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any idea which route the 777 will be used for?
it wil be used on mnl-hk route, mnl-nrt route, mnl-syd route, mnl-melb route initially.
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Old November 20th, 2009, 12:34 PM   #387
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Cambodia opens Philippine Route
Cebu Pacific allowed fly next year !

November 20, 2009

By May Kunmakara
Phnom Penh Post

Phnom Penh- Cebu Pacific Air, a Philippines-based airline, plans to begin direct flights between the Philippines and Cambodia in the spring of 2010, but the airline have yet to determine a specific launch date for the service, Minister of Tourism Thong Khon said Tuesday.

“Cebu Air is authorised to start flying to our country in March or April next year,” he said, citing a memorandum of understanding signed by Cambodia’s State Secretariat of Civil Aviation (SSCA) and the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) on September 16 to open the airways between the two countries.

The agreement is the fourth Cambodia has made this year allowing direct flights. The SSCA has also inked deals with Switzerland, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar.

Under the terms of the agreement, up to seven flights a week originating from Cambodia are authorised to land at Manila, 14 in the Clark Freeport Zone and another 14 for any point in the Philippines outside the two aviation centres.

The Philippines is a major tourism hub in Southeast Asia, Thong Khon said, adding that the deal would draw more tourists directly from the Philippines as well as offer another transfer point for tourists travelling from other locations.

“I hope that tourism from the Philippines will increase further,” he said. “Moreover, with the new flights, we plan not only to attract Filipino tourists, but we also aim to draw tourists from other countries,” he said.

Filipinos do not require a visa to visit Cambodia; nor do Cambodians require a Philippine visa to travel there, Thong Khon said.

Air traffic at the two main Cambodian international airports, Phnom Penh and Siem Reap, fell 12.96 percent in the first nine months of 2009 year-on-year, according to Tourism Ministry figures, but the number of tourists arriving from the Philippines bucked the trend. According to ministry’s numbers, 36,608 tourists arrived from the Philippines in the first nine months of 2009, 29.36 percent up from the same period a year earlier.

The Philippines ambassador in Phnom Penh could not be reached for comment, Tuesday.

SSCA Cabinet Chief Long Chheng said the two sides were currently working on ironing out the details of the flights. “I am not sure of the exact date the flights will commence because I have received no confirmation,” he said, adding that an Air Service Agreement (ASA) still must to be signed by both parties.

The SSCA is actively pursuing additional open-skies agreements to boost the tourism sector, Long Chheng said. “We welcome the direct flights from the Philippines and hope they start as soon as possible,” he said. “That will be very good for our tourism sector.”

The SSCA and the CAAP had been working on the agreement since 2007.
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CAAP Installs FR-AIS technology
Joins Eurocontrol on AIS automation

November 23, 2009

Belgium - The Philippines joined Eurocontrol this week as its aviation authority successfully connected its Aeronautical Information Service Database System (PhADS) to the European AIS Database (EAD) using Frequentis FR-AIS technology, the first country in Asia-Pacific to do so. It was originally scheduled to connect service in May 2009 but the project was hammered by budgetary delays deferring its connection date last week.

The PhADS under the New CNS/ATM Systems Development Project is funded by Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC). This system will be fully commissioned by 2012. PhADS fully complies with ICAO SARPs, Eurocontrol Standards for AICM, AIXM, AMXM, WXXM and ISO 19100 Series. The installed system scope covers the development of static database, NOTAM (including future xNOTAM), flight plans, Pre-flight Information Bulletins (PIB), eAIP, electronic Mapping and Charting (eMAP/eCHART), the Internet service, eTOD Justify Full and electronic Meteorological Data (eMET).

The EAD service, established by 38 Eurocontrol member states and operational since 2003, has recently been joined by increasing numbers of non-European states with the United States, Japan and Australia scheduled to connect next year.

The FR-AIS technology will automatically enable international airlines from accessing the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) database the latest aeronautical and weather information on a destinations airport.

The Philippine’s AIS yields information about the country’s airports by providing maps, charts, route of flights, available navigational aids and their locations, ongoing constructions of airports and facilities and upgrading of other services.

The procured FR-AIS system brings together a number of components selected on a ‘best of kind’ basis to form the integrated system. Advantages of the EAD service include the combination of a single database entity, advanced data verification and validation facilities, and the idea of real-time information sharing between ANSPs.

Christian Troemer, Chief Regional Officer of Frequentis, the firm that was awarded by CAAP to construct and install the AIS, said that the aviation agency recover its expenses by charging fees mostly to airline companies which uses the database.

With the Eurocontrol connection CAAP can now be able to connect online on a 24/7 basis to all EAD services. CAAP will actively participate in EAD by providing AIS information to all participants, and will also be capable of adding and editing NOTAMs, AIPs, charts, and other static data of the Philippines, and make such accessible to all other EAD member countries.

The project itself is primed by local company Integrated Energy Systems & Resources Inc (IESRI) who will handle the integration of all AIS components as well as various after-sales and support services.

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RP inches closer to regaining Category 1 tag


Written by Recto Mercene / Reporter
SUNDAY, 22 NOVEMBER 2009 21:07

THE Philippines comes closer to regaining its aviation Category 1 status with the inauguration on Friday of a communications facility that automatically connects the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines worldwide, providing all airlines and countries the latest aeronautical and weather information.

Called the Automated Aeronautical Information Service (AIS), the system that took 10 years to be realized nows linked the country to the European AIS database. This computer databank contains all other relevant information about the country’s aviation that is critical to flight safety and could be downloaded by subscribers for a fee.

Next year, when the United States is linked to Eurocontrol, as the system is known, the Philippines will be finally connected to the two main aviation centers of the globe.

Three years ago, the then Air Transportation Office (Ato), struggling with an ageing Aeronautical Fixed Telecommunication Network (AFTN), was temporarily severed with the world when its antiquated equipment broke down.

The AFTN then, using typewriters and the outmoded teletype, was the main conduit of the ATO in sending Notice-to-Airmen and other entities of the contents of aer nautical publications sent to all members of the International Civil Aviation Organization.

Without the AFTN, flight plans and streams of significant information that are sent way ahead of flights leaving the Philippines could not be processed in advance, thus delaying the departure of aircraft from the Ninoy Aquino International Airport.

On the other hand, the same kind of information coming from flights emanating from other countries and destined to the Philippines could not be processed on time.

The resulting chaos delayed international flights coming and going into the country, creating howls of protest from the Airline Operators Council.
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Terminal 3 Revisited


Terminal 3 Facade


Check-in Hall


Ninoy Aquino bust


Cebu Pacific Check-in Counters


Security clearance gates


Retail and dining area


Retail and dining area - Opposite view


Delifrance


Pre-departure hallway


Pre-departure lounge


Cebu Pacific A320 docked at a gate


Pre-departure lounge - Another view


Walkway to jet bridge


Walkway to jet bridge - Empty view


Cebu Pacific A320 with disembarking passengers


Arrival walkway


Arrival walkway - Opposite view


Baggage carousel


Customs area


Walkway to arrival hall


Arrival hall


LCD FIDS


Terminal exit


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P50-million automated system installed in RP airports
By RONNIEL DE GUZMAN
November 25, 2009, 7:16pm
Manila Bulletin

The country’s top aviation body has installed a cutting edge communications system, linking the Philippines with other countries to get the latest aeronautical and other relevant information critical to flight safety.

Dubbed as the Automated Aeronautical Information Service (AIS), the new facility has brought the country closer to achieving Category 1 status, two years after the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has moved the country one notch lower to Category 2.

Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) Director General Ruben F. Ciron said the new system will automatically update information in real time, reaching subscribers without the time lag associated with the old mode.

“The new system brought the CAAP closer to regaining its category 1 status,” said Ciron. “We have now one of the most advanced telecommunication systems and this would hopefully convinced the FAA of our serious concern to bring our aviation body at par with the world.”

The AIS facility, costing P50 million is fully automated and is capable of sending updates and new data to subscribers in a flash. It is housed at the CAAP compound in Pasay City and was put by the Energy Systems and Resources Inc. (ISRI), with the help of Frequentis, a European firm represented by Christian Troemer, Chief Regional Officer of the company.

The new AIS replaced a dated and decrepit system that broke down a few years ago and temporarily disconnected the Philippines with the rest of the International Civil Aviation Community.

In recent past, Air Transportation Office (ATO) (now switched to the CAAP) air communications experts were using typewriters and outmoded teletype in sending Notice-to-airmen (Notam) and other contents of aeronautical publications to all the members of the International Civil Aviation Organization.

Flight plans and the flow of critical data transmitted way ahead of flights leaving the Philippines could not be processed in advance, thus delaying international flights coming and going into the country.

These prompted authorities to facilitate the provision of needed funds to update the system. Consequently, an upgraded AFTN was put up and linked to the internet but still manually operated.

Present during the ribbon cutting ceremony were Ciron of the CAAP; Susan Tecson, Managing Director of ESRI; Consul Florian Brandl of Austria, Isabel Schmiedbauer, Commercial Attache.

For those unable to download them, hard copies of maps, charts and voluminous records of the AIP could also be obtained from the CAAP.

The AIP contains all there is to know about the status of the country’s airports, including maps, charts, route of flights, available navigational aids and their locations, ongoing constructions of airports and facilities and upgrading of other services.

Troemer said the Philippines is the first Asian country to have adopted the new automated system and would soon be followed by New Zealand, Australia, and Japan.
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Air China launch Manila from Mar 2010
http://airlineroute.net/2009/11/25/ca-pekmnl-launch/

As per 25NOV09 GDS timetable display, Air China is launching 3 weekly Beijing – Manila service with Boeing 737-800 from 27FEB10.

CA179 PEK2000 – 0055+1MNL 738 136
CA180 MNL0630 – 1110PEK 738 247
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Bird Strikes Plagued Local Airlines

Alarms Raised on BASH Airports
Manila, Iloilo, and Puerto Princesa heads the pack;
Cebu, Clark, Kalibo and Ozamiz not far behind


By Rudy Santos
November 26, 2009

MANILA, Philippines - Officials of Cebu Pacific (CEB) and Philippine Airlines (PAL) briefed representatives of the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) and Manila International Airport Authority yesterday regarding the increasing number of bird strike incidents in the country, and the air safety concern bird strikes pose.

A bird strike is defined as a collision between an aircraft and a bird. This causes flight delays or cancellations since the aircraft has to undergo strict safety checks before being allowed back into service.

CEB and PAL officials urged CAAP and concerned government agencies to double their efforts to prevent bird hazards in the country’s airports.

CEB safety director Capt. Felipe Timola Jr. voiced his concern over the increasing number of bird strike incidents, from 14 in 2008 to 54 as of last October. In October alone, there were 19 such incidents.

“Out of the 54 incidents this year, there were seven that resulted in major damage to CEB aircraft. We are very committed to providing safe air travel to our guests, and would like to highlight the importance of preventing more bird strike incidents in the future,” Timola said.

He said airports in Manila, Iloilo and Puerto Princesa as the locations with the most number of bird strike incidents so far this year.

Aside from the three airports mentioned, other airports with reported bird strike incidents affecting the CEB domestic network include Bacolod, Cebu, Clark, Kalibo and Ozamiz.

Also present in the briefing were representatives from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.
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Continental to Upgrade Manila Service


November 29, 2009

HAGATNA, Guam - Continental Micronesia is upgrading its service between Guam and Manila starting next year, says Ramon Magno, general manager of Continental Airlines in the Philippines.

The announcement came after Continental Micronesia President Charles Duncan declared Tuesday the airlines plan for its Guam hub expansion as it partake in the $15 billion U.S. military build-up in Guam. Duncan became the president of Continental Micronesia in July as the airline heightened its focus on travel in the Asia-Pacific region.

Duncan said there are 1,200 Continental employees on Guam and Micronesia operates 12 planes of the airline's global fleet, mainly consisting of Boeing 737-800 for Asia Pacific Region and Boeing 767-400 for its service to Japan.

In the meantime, Guam Senator Judith P. Guthertz,, chairperson on Guam military build-up an homeland security, said that at least 15,000 Filipino workers would be hired starting next year until 2014 for construction efforts in the Island when the build-up is supposed to be completed.

She said the H2 Visa, which restricts the entry of foreign skilled workers, has been lifted by the U.S. government for Guam paving the way for the entry of foreign workers.

The 15,000 jobs from the Philippine labor market that would be created until 2014 do not yet include the projects to be funded by the Japanese government, which agreed to fund the relocation facilities for the U.S. Navy that would be transferred from the U.S. naval base in Okinawa.

Guthertz said that its labor recruit from the Philippines may rise twice as expected because of ancillary and other support services that needs to be build as the military build-up would require new road networks, water and sewerage, power, housing, hospitals and other infrastructure. There will also be build-up off base.

Guam used to be a province of the Philippines during the Spanish period. The island separated from the the Philippines when it opted for Independence in 1946. At least 30 percent of Guam’s population is of Filipino ancestry and that Filipinos were in the forefront in the reconstruction of Guam after the World War II.

"For Guam, the visa waiver program and the military buildup will be the two largest influences to shape the future of the tourism industry", Duncan said. He added that the expectation from Continental is that the buildup will bring more Filipino workers here. He said further that the airline may have to consider more flights to and from Manila. Duncan said Continental is already doing its own data analysis and study of opportunities to decide whether to book more flights, or perhaps bring in bigger aircraft to serve Guam-Manila market.

"It is this market that we are trying to catch" says Magno. Continental Micronesia Airlines flies daily from Manila to Guam. "However, flights between Manila and Saipan that was ended in July 16, 2008 may not be restored at all" he said.

Traffic to Saipan has mostly been fueled by Filipino nurses taking National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) at the PearsonVue testing center in the US island. Nurses from the Philippines and other foreign countries need to take and pass the NCLEX to be eligible to practice nursing in the United States and its territories, including Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI).

When NCLEX was offered in the Philippines in August 2007, passenger traffic to the island substantially dropped prompting the airline to drop its service there, adds Magno.

Meanwhile, not to be left out of the boom, Philippine Airlines is prepared to double its capacity to Guam by flying twice daily when the need arises. Currently, PAL flies 4 times a week to the US territory from Manila using Airbus 320 aircraft. But it may be constrained to put its additional capacity on hold because of the category 2 status of the country imposed by FAA, the aviation regulatory agency of the Island Federation.
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Continental to Upgrade Manila Service


November 29, 2009

HAGATNA, Guam - Continental Micronesia is upgrading its service between Guam and Manila starting next year, says Ramon Magno, general manager of Continental Airlines in the Philippines.

The announcement came after Continental Micronesia President Charles Duncan declared Tuesday the airlines plan for its Guam hub expansion as it partake in the $15 billion U.S. military build-up in Guam. Duncan became the president of Continental Micronesia in July as the airline heightened its focus on travel in the Asia-Pacific region.

Duncan said there are 1,200 Continental employees on Guam and Micronesia operates 12 planes of the airline's global fleet, mainly consisting of Boeing 737-800 for Asia Pacific Region and Boeing 767-400 for its service to Japan.

In the meantime, Guam Senator Judith P. Guthertz,, chairperson on Guam military build-up an homeland security, said that at least 15,000 Filipino workers would be hired starting next year until 2014 for construction efforts in the Island when the build-up is supposed to be completed.

She said the H2 Visa, which restricts the entry of foreign skilled workers, has been lifted by the U.S. government for Guam paving the way for the entry of foreign workers.

The 15,000 jobs from the Philippine labor market that would be created until 2014 do not yet include the projects to be funded by the Japanese government, which agreed to fund the relocation facilities for the U.S. Navy that would be transferred from the U.S. naval base in Okinawa.

Guthertz said that its labor recruit from the Philippines may rise twice as expected because of ancillary and other support services that needs to be build as the military build-up would require new road networks, water and sewerage, power, housing, hospitals and other infrastructure. There will also be build-up off base.

Guam used to be a province of the Philippines during the Spanish period. The island separated from the the Philippines when it opted for Independence in 1946. At least 30 percent of Guam’s population is of Filipino ancestry and that Filipinos were in the forefront in the reconstruction of Guam after the World War II.

"For Guam, the visa waiver program and the military buildup will be the two largest influences to shape the future of the tourism industry", Duncan said. He added that the expectation from Continental is that the buildup will bring more Filipino workers here. He said further that the airline may have to consider more flights to and from Manila. Duncan said Continental is already doing its own data analysis and study of opportunities to decide whether to book more flights, or perhaps bring in bigger aircraft to serve Guam-Manila market.

"It is this market that we are trying to catch" says Magno. Continental Micronesia Airlines flies daily from Manila to Guam. "However, flights between Manila and Saipan that was ended in July 16, 2008 may not be restored at all" he said.

Traffic to Saipan has mostly been fueled by Filipino nurses taking National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) at the PearsonVue testing center in the US island. Nurses from the Philippines and other foreign countries need to take and pass the NCLEX to be eligible to practice nursing in the United States and its territories, including Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI).

When NCLEX was offered in the Philippines in August 2007, passenger traffic to the island substantially dropped prompting the airline to drop its service there, adds Magno.

Meanwhile, not to be left out of the boom, Philippine Airlines is prepared to double its capacity to Guam by flying twice daily when the need arises. Currently, PAL flies 4 times a week to the US territory from Manila using Airbus 320 aircraft. But it may be constrained to put its additional capacity on hold because of the category 2 status of the country imposed by FAA, the aviation regulatory agency of the Island Federation.
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Zest Air Post Biggest Surprise
Registers 179% Growth

November 28, 2009

Manila - Zest Airways managed to pull the biggest surprise in the Philippine aviation market as it registers unprecedented growth in the domestic market that grew by nearly a third in the first nine months of the year, data from the Civil Aeronautics Board(CAB) said.

"The biggest surprise we have is the Alfredo Yao headed airline which registered an unprecedented growth rate of almost 200 percent and it seems that they may as yet exceed that expectation considering that the figures we have is only for the first three quarters" Porvenir Porciuncula, CAB deputy executive director said.

According to the CAB data, domestic air passengers rose by 29.5 percent to 11.09 million at end-September compared with the 8.57 million in the same period last year.

"It means they are either growing too fast or started eating the market share of others" Porciuncula added.

Cebu Pacific (CEB) remained the leading domestic airline in the country as of the third quarter, having carried more passengers at the end of September at 5.3 million, up 35.9 percent from 3.9 million last year.

Philippine Airlines (PAL) on the other hand flew more than CEB at 4.6 million passengers, up 36 percent more from 3.4 million last year.

But Zest Airways (RIT) passenger count jumped 179 percent to 859,544 passengers from last year’s 308,035 passengers.

The biggest loser was Air Philippines (GAP) with traffic dropped at -59 percent to 320,651 from last year’s 781,437 figures.

Southeast Asian Airlines (SEAIR) also recorded a -37.8 percent decline in its passengers having flown only 127,600 from last year’s 175,842.

"From the data we gathered it seems that Zest Air already took 10.2 percent from the other players most of it coming from Air Philippines" He said.

Zest Air is now considered by CAB as the third biggest airline in the Philippines next to Cebu Pacific and Philippine Airlines. It is followed next by Air Philippines and Seair in that order.

CAB also reported that the industry’s load factor, which is equivalent to the number of seats occupied during the third quarter went up to 78.6 percent from the 77 percent in the same period in 2008 fueled by aggressive promotional offers.

The total number of seats of the five domestic airlines reached 14.11 million as compared to last year’s 11.07 million. Porciuncula expects domestic air travel to grow between 10-12 percent this year.

Cargo however is still down. Statistics from CAB also showed that air cargo carried by airlines dropped 1 percent to 100.4 million kilograms from 101.4 million in the same nine-month period as compared to the figures last year.

Data indicate that of the total freight, PAL carried 44.6 million kilograms; Air Philippines, 805,913; Cebu Pacific, 52.3 million; SEAIR, 268,902; and Pacific East Asia Cargo, 2.6 million. No data was available for Zest Air.
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PAL Express resumes flights to Caticlan airport

BORACAY – Philippine Airlines Express (PAL Express) has reopened its regular flights to Godofredo P. Ramos Airport (Caticlan Airport) on December 1 in time for the increased tourist traffic in the island of Boracay.

PAL Express 50-seater Bombardier Q300 first flight arrived from Manila at 11 a.m. on Tuesday. The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) earlier suspended flights of Cebu Pacific, PAL Express and Zest Air, citing, the short runway of Caticlan airport and aviation safety.

The three airlines diverted their flights to Kalibo International Airport in the capital town of Kalibo, one and a half-hour land trip to Caticlan jetty port, the main jump-off point to the island resort of Boracay.

After CAAP imposed restrictions on Caticlan airport, Southeast Asian Airlines (Seair) is the only airline operating in Caticlan Airport with its 30-seater twin engine Dornier 328 which is ideal for short take-off and short-landing of smaller aircrafts.

PAL Express is operated by Air Philippines with up to 20 flights daily from Manila and Cebu starting December 19. The airline company also flying direct from Manila to Virac, Naga, Ormoc, San Jose, Calbayog, Catarman, Surigao, Tuguegarao and Busuanga and from Cebu to Zamboanga, Ozamiz, Ilolo, General Santos, Dipolog, Bacolod, Butuan, Cagayan de Oro and Tacloban.
Caticlan airport is classified as Class 2 Principal airport and the seventh busiest airport in the country last year. The government is fastracking the extension of runway to accommodate bigger aircrafts.
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Lufthansa Technik Philippines pushes for regional growth

By Siva Govindasamy
December 1, 2009

If the Philippines has gained a reputation for being a place for good quality and efficient aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul services over the last decade, that is mainly due to the formation of Lufthansa Technik Philippines (LTP) in 2000.

The company, which is 51% owned by German MRO firm Lufthansa Technik and 49% by Philippine-based MacroAsia, an aviation services company, is based at Manila's Ninoy Aquino International airport, which is the country's main air gateway.

Lufthansa Technik has taken advantage of the country's strategic location, low labour costs and high-quality workforce to establish what many in the industry recognise as one of South East Asia's leading maintenance houses. It offers a broad spectrum of MRO services, with an especially strong focus on the Airbus 320, and A330/340 family.


"By taking this position, we are able to support the fleet of our key customer, Philippine Airlines, the capability on the A320 enables us to tap into the growing regional market, and the A330/A340 capability gives us a global reach," says Dominik Wiener-Silva, vice-president for marketing and sales. "We provide integrated MRO services for cost-efficient and reliable flight operations."

PAL SUPPORT

It began by offering support for PAL's entire fleet of aircraft, and soon after added Lufthansa and Austrian Airlines as its first international customers. After gradually expanding its capabilities and facilities, it now provides third-party services for more than 20 airlines.

This includes line maintenance services to carriers such as Japan Airlines, Jet Airways, Korean Air and Singapore Airlines, and base maintenance services for airlines such as Hong Kong's Cathay Pacific Airways and Australia's Qantas, along with Europe-based BMI, Thomas Cook Airlines and Virgin Atlantic.

All of its work is performed at 26,000m2 (280,000ft2) hangars and 27,000m2 workshops in Manila within the airport. The company also has a five-bay hangar that includes two exclusive A330/A340 production lines with custom-designed docking facilities.

One of its advantages is its location inside a free trade zone. This "guarantees the speedy customs release of urgently needed aircraft parts", says the company. Aside from its Manila base, LTP also has maintenance stations in Cebu, Clark and Davao.

Over the past nine years, the company has acquired capabilities for a variety of aircraft. Line maintenance is offered on the Airbus A320 family, A330/A340, Boeing 737 Classics and the 747 and 777 families. "We tailor timetables and requirements, 24h a day, seven days a week," says the company.

It can also perform C checks on the A320 family, A330/A340, 737 Classics and 747s, in addition to the D checks on the A320 family and A330/A340 aircraft. For base maintenance, in addition to the five widebody hangar bays, the company has several backshops designed in line with Lufthansa Technik's standards.

In September 2007, Lufthansa Technik Philippines received European Aviation Safety Agency certification for all maintenance work on the latest Airbus variant in the A340 family, the A340-600. A widebody hangar was added recently to meet increasing demand for A330/A340 base maintenance checks. And with PAL due to receive its first two 777s by year-end, that capability will also be added.

The company offers engine MRO services, giving support for line and base maintenance for powerplants including the CFM International CFM56 series, General Electric CF6-80 series, IAE V2500 Pratt & Whitney PW4000 and Rolls-Royce Trent 500/700.

Major aircraft modifications, cabin reconfiguration and refurbishment services, cabin window overhaul, non-destructive testing and component support for line and base maintenance are also available, as are a slew of engineering services.

It is also strong in aircraft painting services. "Whether a single aircraft or an entire fleet, customers take advantage of LTP's in-depth expertise in aircraft painting," says Lufthansa Technik.

By offering such comprehensive engineering solutions, the company says that it allows the carriers "to focus on their core business", which is running the airline operation. To this end, LTP has received regulatory approval from the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines, the US Federal Aviation Administration and the European Aviation Safety Agency.

GROWTH STRATEGY

Given the growth of South East Asia as an airline and tourist market, the company feels its focus on the region remains an important component of the broader Lufthansa Technik growth strategy. This is especially true in an economic crisis, when airlines are looking at various ways to keep their costs down.

"As we see it, the region remains as the most important growth market because of the strong growth in fleet size and the increasing number of start-up airlines. These factors bring about a continuous demand for MRO services. In this time of economic crisis, the logic in having a subsidiary in the region is justified even more," says Wiener-Silva.

"With a set-up in this region of growth, Lufthansa Technik, despite the downturn, is still able to offer an attractive package to the customers. LTP is able to do this because of its close proximity to the customers."

That has paid dividends over the years as LTP has kept its older customers and added new ones. It started work on its 100th heavy maintenance check on an A340 in November.

"The expertise we have developed through the years on the A330/A340 has enabled us to reach this achievement," says Bernhard Krueger Sprengel, Lufthansa Technik Philippines' president and chief executive. "It is because of our strong focus on the aircraft type and commitment to quality and fast turnaround time that we are able to convince old and new customers to put their trust in us."

The company says its commitment to quality and fast turnaround time serves as a challenge, and pushes it to constantly improve its services. To this end, Lufthansa Technik Philippines adopted the Lean principles in 2007 for its overhaul operations, resulting in significant reductions in turnaround times. Together with Airbus, LTP was also able to perform Frame 47 modification incorporated to a heavy check on a number of A340-600s.

"It was in LTP that this critical modification was first performed outside an Airbus facility, further raising the bar in A330/A340 heavy maintenance. Through the adoption of Lean practices, LTP was not only successful in integrating the modification but was also able to reduce the Frame 47 modification turnaround time to only nine days," says the company.

One aspect of its presence in the Philippines is to train a high-quality local workforce - Lufthansa Technik Philippines has 2,800 English-speaking mechanics, engineers and support personnel. Through a partnership with Lufthansa Technical Training Philippines (LTTP), the company's mechanics are certificated through EASA Part 66-compliant courses. It also has a combination of classroom and on-the-job training programmes, and there is a regular exchange of personnel between Lufthansa Technik and other subsidiaries.

The company is also looking to secure business from further afield, with China and India in its radar. It is also in talks with many of Asia's growing band of low-cost carriers.

While investments in infrastructure are always a possibility - and there appears to be scope for further expansion at the airport site - that is unlikely to take place in the immediate future in the face of the economic crisis.

"We expect 2010 to be a year of slow recovery. By saying that, we expect an economic revival in South East Asia as well. This recovery is quicker compared to Europe because in South East Asia we have a younger fleet and a more dynamic market," says Wiener-Silva.
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