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Old January 5th, 2011, 10:49 AM   #841
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Open skies set for Davao, Cebu, Zamboanga, Laoag

by Joyce Pangco Pañares




THE government will this week declare an open-skies policy in Davao, Cebu, Zamboanga and Laoag, exposing those secondary destinations to more competition from foreign airlines, Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa said Tuesday.



But the local airlines will still have the exclusive right to serve domestic routes as the executive order coming from President Benigno Aquino III will prohibit cabotage, an airline’s right to carry passengers between two domestic points.

PAL Holdings Inc. fell the most in seven weeks, leading Philippine carriers lower, after Ochoa made his announcement.

PAL, which controls the nation’s biggest carrier, sank 7.2 percent to P4.50, set for the steepest loss since Nov. 12.

Cebu Air Inc., the country’s biggest budget carrier, declined 2.8 percent to P111, set for the sharpest decrease since Dec. 17.

Valenzuela City Rep. Rex Gatchalian on Monday filed House Bill 1601 espousing a “pocket open-skies policy to boost tourism, liberalize air traffic, and prevent business disruption when an airline’s operations are snagged by a labor dispute.

The bill is being supported by the House leadership led by Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr.

“Open skies will usher in more competition and that will change the dynamics of the business,” said Rico Gomez at Rizal Commercial Banking Corp.

“Greater competition will always be difficult for entrenched players.”

President Benigno Aquino said in August that the government might give foreign carriers more access because of a labor row at Philippine Airlines.
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Is 60 too old to be a flight attendant?
By Judith Balea

MANILA, Philippines - Was the Philippine Airlines (PAL) being biased when it enforced the retirement age of 45 for its female flight attendants hired over the last decade?

Or was it just being consumer-friendly, thinking passengers might not find so appealing women in their 60s -- the prime retirement age -- serving them on board.


Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz thought the former.

On Thursday, she gave members of the Flight Attendants’ and Stewardesses’ Association of the Philippines (FASAP) the best gift this Christmas by pegging their compulsory retirement age at 60, for women and men alike.

Baldoz said the different retirement ages for PAL's cabin crew, who are performing the same services, "constitute a clear discrimination of their right to equal work opportunity."

The public was quick to comment on the issue, airing out what they felt about it on social networking sites.

The tone of Twitter and Facebook posts in reaction to FASAP's sweeping win over the PAL management ranged from congratulatory, humorous to plain sarcastic.

Some users welcomed the news and said they were happy for FASAP members. Others were curious about how PAL would fare against closest rival Cebu Pacific in giving passengers the best value for their money, especially since the latter's "dancing flight attendants" were a big hit.

Here is a sampling of what they have to say about this:

"Given that DOLE's ruling sets a precedent, I demand to see 60-year-old dancing flight attendants on Cebu Pacific as well." -- Dax Lucas on Facebook

"PAL fares will go up. Cebu Pacific is happy." -- Jake Antig on Facebook

"Ballroom dancing ang gagawin nila daw. ;p" -- Stella Arnaldo

"I'm srsly dying of jealousy with the Philippine airlines cabin crew. They're soooo lucky!" -- Twitter user YumiArchie28

"Really happy for my PAL friends. Suck it, Lucio. Pay up." -- Twitter user AndrewdeCastro

"Wow, so PAL flight attendants can now work til they are 60 years old. To my friends, determining which F.A. is hottest will now be useless." -- Twitter user empylan

"BEST XMAS GIFT! DOLE resolves PAL row. Now - retirement age for flight attendants is 60." -- Twitter user katelopezdee

"DOLE rules that PAL flight attendants can work 'til 60. Wow! Haha. Good luck guys." -- Twitter user HecklerForever. abs-cbnNEWS.com
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Old January 9th, 2011, 10:45 AM   #845
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HKG---MNL
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A new B777 with new seats


PR New Business Class








The color scheme looks really nice on the eye, but a 3-4-3 config on a 777, its too narrow....








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Old January 9th, 2011, 04:08 PM   #846
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Nice. The color scheme looks very classy. Job well done . And thanks for posting
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The color scheme looks really nice on the eye, but a 3-4-3 config on a 777, its too narrow....








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OMG! just how many people onboard?
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Old January 9th, 2011, 09:40 PM   #848
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HKG---MNL is a frequent international routes with on average over 17 flights a day between the 2 cities, serves by 6 different airlines. With so many options it is not surprised to see a very light load on 1 of the many flights each day. However, morning flights tend to have a higher load factor on MNL to HKG but light on the other way around. Besides, most of the photos were taken during boarding, the majority of the passengers weren't aboard yet.


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Old January 15th, 2011, 02:56 PM   #849
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PAL in ‘exploratory’ talks, says exec

LISTED PAL Holdings, Inc., the majority shareholder of flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL), yesterday confirmed talks with potential local and foreign investors but said these were “exploratory.”

In a disclosure yesterday, PAL president and chief operating officer and concurrent PAL Holdings president Jaime J. Bautista neither confirmed nor denied that the Lucio C. Tan-owned airline was in discussions with San Miguel Corp. (SMC) President Ramon S. Ang.

“The disclosure was issued in reaction to a gossip column in a newspaper, stating that SMC’s Ang is currently in secret talks for the purchase of 40% of Philippine Airlines,” he said. “The same article added that PAL chairman Lucio C. Tan has allegedly decided to unload a substantial number of shares from the country’s flag carrier with the right buyer and divest his holdings at a premium price,” he added.

Mr. Bautista noted that for months, there has been speculation that PAL was on the selling block after losses of $312.1 million in fiscal years 2008 to 2009 and 2009 to 2010 due to the global economic crisis and volatility in fuel prices. “To date, however, none of the rumors were proven true as the taipan and his family remain in firm control of PAL,” Mr. Bautista said.

PAL Holdings owns 84.67% of the 70-year-old airline.

Shares in the firm closed at P5.45 apiece Thursday, higher than Wednesday’s P4.13 per share. -- A. M. P. Dagcutan
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Is Philippine Airlines for sale?
By Lala Rimando, abs-cbnNEWS.com
Posted at 01/13/2011 9:05 PM | Updated as of 01/14/2011 3:32 PM

MANILA, Philippines - There are ongoing talks between the management of local carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) and potential investors.

This was confirmed on Jan. 13 by PAL Holdings, the listed firm that owns 85% of PAL.

However, these talks are purely "exploratory," stressed PAL Holdings in a disclosure to the stock exchange.

"Upon inquiry from the President of Philippine Airlines, Mr. Jaime Bautista, the latter neither confirmed nor denied any serious discussion with Mr. Ramon Ang on the purchase of 40% of Philippine Airlines, saying that any alleged talk with any party are all exploratory in nature," PAL Holdings' corporate secretary Ma. Cecilia L. Pesayco wrote in the disclosure.

The listed firm issued the disclosure after a columnist of The Philippine Star wrote that Ang, president of conglomerate San Miguel Corp, is PAL's "knight in shining armor" who is "dead set in getting into the airline business."

The same online piece added that PAL chairman taipan Lucio C. Tan has allegedly "decided to unload a substantial number of shares from the country's flag carrier with the right buyer and divest his holdings at a premium price."

For months on end, speculation has been rife that the 70-year-old airline is on the selling block after it encountered massive losses of US$312.1-million from 2008 to 2010 largely due to previous spikes in fuel prices, which account for bulk of its operating expenses.

It has also been unable to deploy its new aircrafts to profitable routes, such as the US and Europe, due to the inclusion of the Philippines in the safety blacklists of these destinations' respective aviation bodies.

To cope, PAL rolled out cost-cutting measures that involved outsourcing non-core operations, reducing benefits and adjusting retirement age.

These resulted in almost year-long battles with its labor unions.

The cost-cutting measures remain on hold as PAL continues to assert itself in separate labor cases with the ground crew and flight attendants unions.

Over the past weeks, PAL had been at the receiving end of unfavorable decisions from Malacañang and the Labor Department over the respective strike threats of the ground and cabin crew members.

Déjà vu?

About 12 years ago, taipan Lucio Tan was also reported to be mulling the sale of the airline, which he acquired in the early 1990's.

At the time, the Asian financial crisis has also resulted in financial losses, triggering efforts to terminate pilots and flight crews who then staged a strike.

After then president Joseph Estrada intevened in the labor row, PAL's restructuring proceeded and employees were re-hired with lower wages by spin-off firms, which turned out to be Tan-owned firms, too.

As part of its financial restructuring, the government also allowed PAL to consolidate its local and international flights in Centennial Terminal at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila. The terminal, also referred to as NAIA 2, was originally meant to be the domestic terminal facility at the country's main gateway.

In 2007, PAL successfully got out of financial rehabilitation and proceeded with the planned refleeting.

However, it has been unable to deploy its new aircrafts to profitable routes, such as the US and Europe, due to the inclusion of the Philippines in the safety blacklists of these destinations' respective aviation bodies.

Succession issues

Talk has also been rife that the health of Tan has been deteriorating. This has raised issues about succession.

Tan, who has several heirs and has had disputes with his most trusted brother and business partner, was considered to have cashed in on Fortune Tobacco, the undisputable leader in country's cigarette market for decades.

In February, Fortune inked a joint venture agreement with multinational cigarette maker Philip Morris for an undisclosed amount.

Besides PAL and Fortune Tobacco, Tan also owns considerable stakes in beermaker Asia Brewery, commercial banks Philippine National Bank and Allied Bank, among others.

Tan is the second richest in the country, next to mall magnate Henry Sy, and one of the three Filipinos whose wealth has breached the billion-dollar mark, based on estimates of Forbes.

His wealth stands at $1.2 billion in July 2010, according to Forbes. A big chunk of his fortune comes from Hong Kong-based Eton Properties, which has been pursuing affordable residential and sprawling township projects in the Philippines.

Interestingly, his son and namesake, Lucio Tan Jr., has been trying to move away from the shadows of the 77-year-old patriarch.

Tan Jr. has bought into MRC Allied, an inactive mining stock listed in the local stock exchange. MRC Allied has been tapping the capital markets -- instead of his dad's billions -- to raise funds for prospective projects in mining and power.

San Miguel

Meantime, San Miguel, the rumored "knight" of troubled PAL, has been feverishly diversifying away from its stable food and drinks business.

Its foray into power, energy, mining, telecommunications, banking, and infrastructure over the past years has been fast and furious.

It is also eyeing infrastructure projects under the Public-Private Partnership scheme of the Aquino government, including airports, ports, and roads.

It is currently in talks to acquire a stake in North Harbour Centre Port Terminal Inc. in Manila, which could complement an airline's logistics business.

In the aviation sector, San Miguel has been vocal about its interest in building a second terminal facility at the Diosdado Macapagal International Airport in Clark, which the Aquino government is considering to become the country's premier gateway soon.

How far San Miguel's "exploratory" talks with PAL go will keep Manila's rumor mills busy.
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Court sanctions retirement of 8 PAL flight pursers
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MANILA, Philippines - Eight flight pursers of Philippine Airlines (PAL) will be retired by the airline management effective Jan. 16, 2011 after a Makati court removed all legal obstacles for their separation from service upon reaching the mandatory retirement age of 55.

PAL vice president for human resources Jose SL Uybarreta said the flight pursers were informed of their retirement shortly after Judge Oscar Pimentel of the Makati Regional Trial Court’s Branch 147 lifted an injunction order which earlier barred the airline from enforcing a provision of their 2000-2005 Collective Bargaining Agreement pegging at 55 the retirement age of female flight attendants hired before Nov. 22, 1996.

To be affected by the retirement order are the following flight pursers: Yvette Grant, Vina Sanchez, Cora Mislang, Irma Bituin, Cristina Mendoza, Evangeline Bocobo, Mooning Noel and Maria Afable.

Uybarreta said the Makati court lifted the injunction order last Jan. 4, 2011 after it was convinced that whatever damages may be sustained by the flight attendants – if it will be proven later that they should be retired at 60 – “may be computed, taking into consideration the salaries and benefits that they will earn if they retire at the age of 60, and not 55.”

However, the judge required PAL to post a P5-million counter-injunction bond to answer for any or all damages the flight attendants may sustain if the court later determines that PAL is not entitled to the lifting of said injunction order.

Uybarreta said that contrary to claims by the Flight Attendants and Stewards Association (FASAP), the retirement order is not in defiance of the Department of Labor and Employment’s Dec. 23 ruling setting the retirement age of female flight attendants at 60.

“The DOLE ruling on the FASAP case is not yet final and executory as PAL is seeking reconsideration of the same. Pending a final determination of the real mandatory retirement age, it is PAL’s position that the current retirement age brackets as outlined in the existing CBAs between PAL and FASAP should prevail,” he stressed.

“FASAP condemns PAL’s action when it is merely complying with the ruling of the Makati RTC, which, for all intents and purposes, is a valid and enforceable order as against the decision of Secretary Baldoz which is still under appeal,” said Uybarreta.

He stressed that it is absurd and contrary to common sense and established legal principles if PAL will not comply with Judge Pimentel’s order
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MANILA (AFP) - – Philippine Airlines said Thursday it would begin flying to India in March, restarting the flag carrier's services to South Asia after a break of more than 16 years.

PAL said it would field wide-body Airbus A330-300 jets on six times weekly flights to New Delhi, half of them direct from Manila and the others routed through Bangkok.

The New Delhi flights would give the airline a presence in South Asia for the first time since 1994 and were made possible after the Indian government relaxed visa rules to attract more Filipino visitors, it said in a statement.

The airline currently serves 26 points in 15 countries and territories, apart from 20 domestic destinations.
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Update on that: India flights will begin on March 27.

There's a trade-off though: MNL-RUH will end on April 1.
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Old February 12th, 2011, 08:35 AM   #854
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Germany pushes new Terminal 3 negotiations

by Rey E. Requejo

GERMANY’S ambassador on Tuesday urged the government to revive negotiations with the German contractor that built the Ninoy Aquino International Airport’s Terminal 3 to settle a longstanding ownership dispute.

In a statement, German Ambassador Christian-Ludwig Weber-Lortsch said the court proceedings over the terminal’s ownership could take years, “leaving the infrastructure project shelved by lawyers instead of being finished by engineers.”

The ambassador called for negotiations “to facilitate a legal, fair and timely solution [to] an inherited problem.”

Earlier, an ad hoc committee of the Washington-based International Center for Settlement of Investment Disputes overturned an August 2007 decision that dismissed a $425-million claim over Terminal 3 filed by Germany’s Fraport AG.

Fraport filed the case in 2003 after the Philippines canceled the contract awarded to Philippine International Airport Terminal Co., in which Fraport had a 30 percent stake.

Solicitor General Anselmo Cadiz said Tuesday the Center for Settlement’s decision did not uphold Piatco’s claim or find the Philippines liable for any compensation to the contractor.

“The decision merely provides Fraport the opportunity to commence a new arbitration and to present its claims again,” the chief state lawyer said.

Likewise, the Philippine government is entitled to present the evidence against Fraport again.”

An ad hoc committee of the Center for Settlement on Dec. 23 said Fraport had not been given the opportunity to comment on the Philippine Justice Department’s charges that it had violated the Anti-Dummy Law in its dealings with Piatco.

“With the annulment decision, the parties are brought to the situation prior to the filing of Fraport’s request for arbitration,” Cadiz said.

The Naia Terminal 3 has been the subject of a string of civil and criminal investigations since 2002 due to allegations that Piatco and Fraport violated Philippine laws.
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International passenger traffic in PHL up 15 percent
January 5, 2011, 8:08pm

MANILA, Philippines (Xinhua) - The number of international passengers in the Philippines rose by nearly 15 percent on year to 10.54 million in the January to September period, the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) reported Wednesday.

CAB Deputy Executive Director Porvenir Porciuncula attributed this to the resiliency of the local travel market. Tourists continued to visit the Philippines despite last year's hostage crisis in Manila involving tourists from Hong Kong.

The incident threatened to hurt the Philippine tourism sector. But airlines said cancellations of bookings were isolated only to routes between the Philippines and China.

The global recovery also boosted air travel, with Porciuncula noting that this growth will be sustained for the rest of the year.

"A growth of 12 percent is likely for the whole of 2010," he said.

Flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) carried the most passengers for the nine months, totaling at 2.96 million. Budget carrier Cebu Pacific flew in 1.5 million international passengers, while Hong Kong's Cathay Pacific Airways had about 1 million passengers. Singapore Airlines carried half a million passengers.
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Millions more people flying in Philippines
AFP - Friday, January 7

MANILA, Jan 6, 2011 (AFP) – Millions more people in the Philippines are taking to the air, helped by dirt-cheap plane fares, aviation authorities said Thursday. Carriers flew 22.82 million people to and from Philippine airports in the first nine months of last year, up 12.75 percent from a year earlier, Civil Aeronautics Board data show.

Cheap and infamously unsafe ferries have long been the main form of long-distance travel for people in the impoverished Southeast Asian archipelago of more than 7,100 islands.

However the emergence of budget air carriers such as Cebu Pacific and Zest Air in recent years has seen them offer short-haul fares for about the same price as ferry rides to places that would take at least two days to sail to.

No-frills airlines have also forced flag-carrier Philippine Airlines to offer matching fares on many of its domestic routes.

"That could be one of the reasons, yes," Grace Placido, a staff member with the Civil Aeronautics Board research unit, told AFP when asked if the rise of low-cost carriers was a factor driving passenger air traffic.

Domestic traffic rose by 10.64 percent to 12.67 million in the first nine months of last year, while international traffic rose by 15.3 percent to 10.55 million, Placido said.

However government figures show ferry services remain the dominant mode of moving people between the major islands of the Philippines.

The Philippine Port Authority said ships carried 43.87 million people across the country's waters in 2009, its latest data available.

Hundreds of ferry passengers are killed every year due to shipping accidents, especially during the typhoon season.
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NAIA-3 row to be resolved in a ‘legal manner’

PRESIDENT Benigno S. C. Aquino III wants to resolve an investor dispute over the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3 (NAIA-3) in a "legal manner" in light of a decision that allows for new arbitration proceedings.

"The end point is we are looking forward to resolving all of these issues but in a legal manner and consistent with our fight against the alleged corruption that was attended to in the construction of NAIA," Mr. Aquino said when asked to comment on German Ambassador Christian-Ludwig Weber-Lortschout’s proposal that the government consider a settlement with airport developer Fraport AG.

The International Center for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) -- a unit of the World Bank group -- last Dec. 23 nullified an August 2007 ruling dismissing Fraport’s $425-million claim on NAIA-3, which had been seized by the government after the Supreme Court voided the contract to build the facility.

Fraport AG, for its part, told BusinessWorld it welcomed the ICSID ruling and was considering its options.

"We welcome the ICSID announcement of Dec. 23. Our legal experts are currently analyzing this latest development closely. Therefore, we cannot make any detailed comment at this time," Robert Payne, Fraport AG international spokesman, said in an e-mail.

Asked to elaborate on the ICSID ruling, Palace deputy spokesperson Abigail D. Valte said it allowed Fraport to present anew its claim for compensation.

"There is a dispute as to what is the right compensation," Mr. Aquino told reporters. "We believe that we were overpriced in the construction of the same and there has to be a lot of remedial work that should be done."
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Tax issues scaring away foreign carriers, says CAB

Friday, 07 January 2011 00:00
BY DARWIN G AMOELAR SENIOR REPORTER

THE Philippines’ tax and infrastructure issues have throttled foreign carriers’ plans to expand operations in the country, the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) said.

Porvenir Porciuncula, CAB deputy executive director, told reporters that the common carriers tax, gross Philippine billings, and customs, immigration and quarantine (CIQ) fees have affected the cost of doing business in the country.


The CAB official said that the tax issues may force KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, the only remaining European carrier operating direct to the Philippines, to pull out its local operations.

Under the National Internal Revenue Code, foreign carriers are required to pay a common carrier tax of 3 percent of their gross receipt and a 2.5-percent tax on all cargo and passenger revenues originating from the country.

Porciuncula said that the tax issues have affected flights from Europe such as those of Lufthansa, Swissair, Air France, British Airways—all of which have ceased flying to the Philippines.

Of the 45 carriers with authority to fly in and out of the country, only 35 airlines operated from January to September last year.

Porciuncula also said that the utilization of the country’s entitlements by foreign carriers to points outside Manila is “quite low”, except Cebu which has a 44.33-percent utilization.

He said that in Clark, only 6.4 percent of the foreign entitlements are currently used while and other airports have only 0.70 percent.

Even in Manila, only 51.12 percent of the entitlements are currently in operation.

The total annualized traffic rights for third and fourth freedom, excluding fifth freedom rights in the key airports, are estimated at 35.40 million seats.

Of the total, Manila has 19.04 million seats; Clark/Subic, 9.50 million; Cebu, 2.02 million; and others 4.84 million.

“The available seats is actually more than the 35.4 million seats if we are able to include the unlimited capacity allowed under the BIMP-EAGA[Brunei-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines East-Asian Growth Area], the bilateral capacities with the US, China (outside of Manila), Bahrain and Vietnam,” Porciuncula said.

Data from CAB showed that international passenger traffic went up by 15.3 percent to 10.55 million from January to September last year compared with the 9.15 million passengers in the same period in 2009.

CAB said inbound passengers went up by 15.9 percent to 5.09 million at end-September 2010 from 4.39 million in the same period in 2009.

Outbound passengers, on the other hand, reached 5.45 million, up by 14.74 percent to 4.75 million passengers.
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Cebu Pacific allots $1 B for expansion

By Mary Ann LL. Reyes (The Philippine Star) Updated January 08, 2011 12:00 AM

MANILA, Philippines – Cebu Pacific (CEB) will invest over $1 billion for the purchase of an additional 24 brand-new Airbus A320 aircraft over the next five years, company president and CEO Lance Gokongwei said.

He pointed out that these additional aircraft will enable CEB to offer even more frequencies, routes and destinations, and even lower fares on more flights.

“More importantly, this will create another 2,000 jobs by 2014 for Cebu Pacific alone,” he said.

By the end of 2011, Cebu Pacific will be operating a fleet of 37 aircraft – with an average age of less than 2.5 years – ranking it among the most modern aircraft fleets in the world. Between 2012 and 2014, Cebu Pacific will take an additional 16 Airbus A320 aircraft.

CEB has already taken in three brand-new Airbus A320s in the last three months alone, and will take the first of five additional A320s over 2011, Gokongwei said.

Publicly listed CEB reached a milestone yesterday when it flew its 50 millionth passenger from Manila’s Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3 (NAIA T3) to Beijing, China.

CEB first flew daily flights from Manila to Cebu and Iloilo utilizing four aircraft in March 1996. It began operating as a full fledged low-cost carrier in 2005.

“As the first low-fare airline in Asia, Cebu Pacific considers this a major achievement. Since 1996, we have grown to become the Philippines’ number one airline, offering the most number of flights and operating the most extensive route network in the Philippines, and flying to the most ASEAN destinations,” Gokongwei said.

“What we achieved in 14 years, we plan to achieve by 2015. That is, we will fly 50 million more passengers in four years,” he added.

Gokongwei, along with President Aquino, awarded the 50 millionth passenger a one-year unlimited travel pass to any of CEB’s 16 international or 33 domestic destinations.

“The launch of our Beijing flights last September strengthened our operations in Greater China, contributing to the 37-percent growth in CEB’s international operations in the first nine months of 2010. With the expected delivery of more brand-new aircraft, we are in a great position to expand in Asia,” Gokongwei said.

CEB will take delivery of five more brand-new Airbus A320 this year. It will end 2011 with a fleet of 37 aircraft and an additional 16 Airbus A320 aircraft will be delivered from 2012 to 2014.

“Our transfer of both international and domestic operations in NAIA T3 in 2008 has allowed us to provide a better airport experience to our passengers. Our home at NAIA T3 is the only airport facility that can support our rapid expansion,” he added.

Gokongwei pointed out that CEB’s trademark low fares and innovative products, coupled with warm and genuine Filipino service, will continue to stimulate travel and tourism within the Philippines and beyond.

The country’s low-fare leader, CEB services 16 international destinations: Bangkok, Beijing, Brunei, Busan, Guangzhou, Ho Chi Minh, Hong Kong, Jakarta, Kota Kinabalu, Kuala Lumpur, Macau, Osaka, Seoul (Incheon), Shanghai, Singapore and Taipei. It also flies to 33 domestic destinations from its four operational hubs in Manila, Clark, Cebu and Davao.

“We strengthened our position as the Philippines largest flag carrier in terms of passengers carried. More importantly, we carried over 2.2 million international guests, a whopping 33 percent increase over 2009 and cemented our position as the fastest growing source of inbound tourists to the Philippines,” Gokongwei noted.

He added that in 2011, CEB will invest over P300 million in advertising overseas to market the Philippines internationally.
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Cebu Pacific starts Manila-Busan flights on June 15
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Posted at 01/10/2011 5:27 PM | Updated as of 01/10/2011 5:27 PM

MANILA, Philippines - Budget carrier Cebu Pacific said it would add a new international route to its schedule in June, and seats will be offered at a discount this week.

In a statement, the Gokongwei-led airline said it would fly from Manila to Busan, South Korea starting June 15, 2011.

Busan is the second largest city in South Korea after Seoul. Currently, Cebu Pacific operates 4 times weekly flights to Busan from Cebu.

"We believe this added connectivity to the Philippines will further strengthen Cebu Pacific's role in the nation's tourism agenda. This is our 24th international route, and we hope to continue providing more access for foreign tourists to explore the Philippines," said the firm's vice president for marketing and distribution Candice Iyog.

"Similarly, this gives a lot of Juans the chance to visit the beautiful city of Busan, where most Korean shows are filmed," she added.

Cebu Pacific will offer P1,999 "Go Lite" seats from Manila and Cebu to Busan on January 11 to 13, for travel from June 1 to August 31.

After the promo period, the lowest year-round fare from Manila to Busan will be P3,999.

Aside from Busan, Cebu Pacific flies to 15 foreign destinations including Bangkok, Beijing, Brunei, Guangzhou, Ho Chi Minh, Hong Kong, Jakarta, Kota Kinabalu, Kuala Lumpur, Macau, Osaka, Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore, and Taipei.
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