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Old June 2nd, 2009, 12:58 PM   #81
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A330 deaths report only 8 until todays event
As 228 vanished on AF447

Rome - Aside from the latest Air France flight 447 crash of the A330, there had been only 8 casualties of the Airbus A-330 series aircraft arising from a series of accidents, hijackings and other occurrences.

Alitalia - On June 30, 1994, near Toulouse-Blagnac airport, France. The aircraft crashes shortly after take-off during a test flight. 7 people are killed, including the Alitalia pilots Alberto Nassetti and Pier Paolo Racchetti.

- On March 15, 2000, a Malaysia Airlines A330-300 is damaged by the leak of some corrosive liquids at Kuala Lumpur airport, Malaysia.

PAL- On May 25, 2000, after robbing some passengers and trying to hijack the aircraft, a man jumped from a Philippine Air Lines A330-300 with a home-made parachute and dies on impact with the ground, near Manila.

- On October 13, 2000, a Nigerian detained man managed to free himself and to reach the cockpit of the A-330/200 that was carrying him from Belgium to Cote d'Ivoire, forcing the pilot to land in Spain, where he was arrested by the local police.

- On July 24, 2001, two Sri Lankan Airlines A330-200 were destroyed on the ground by an attack of Tamil Tigers at Colombo international airport, together with an A320-200, an A340-300 and a squadron of military aircraft.

- On August 24, 2001 an Air Transat A330-200 en route from Canada to Portugal, after a fuel leak, is forced to land at Lajes airport, Azores, with its engines off. 8 out of 10 of its tyres burst on contact with the runway.

- On July 18, 2003, after crossing a turbulence zone in the South of China, 12 crew members and three passengers are injured on board of a Dragonair A330-330.

- On October 7, 2008, 44 people on board of a Qantas A330-300 are hospitalized after landing due to the injuries caused by some hard and sudden losses of altitude due to automatic corrections made to the aircraft by a failed inertial reference system. (Avionews)
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Asia-Pacific traffic falls 11% further in Q1
Image: Vietnam Airlines
Down: In the first quarter of 2009 AAPA members’ international demand is down 10.9%.

Asia-Pacific airlines see international traffic fall almost 11% in Q1 2009; load factors down five percentage points

The Association of Asia Pacific Airlines currently consists of 17 members - Air New Zealand, All Nippon Airways, Asiana Airlines, Cathay Pacific Airways, China Airlines, Dragonair, EVA Airways, Garuda Indonesia, Japan Airlines, Korean Air, Malaysia Airlines, Philippine Airlines, Qantas Airways, Royal Brunei Airlines, Singapore Airlines, Thai Airways International and Vietnam Airlines. Each month the association reports provisional international traffic figures for all its members combined. Analysis of year-on-year data reveals that international demand is still down year-on-year during the first three months of 2009.
Chart: Members
Source: AAPA

In the fourth quarter of 2008 international passenger numbers fell by 7.4% to 34.0 million. Average load factors fell almost four percentage points. The disruption caused by events in Thailand during November and December clearly had some impact on the figures as Bangkok is the region’s fourth busiest airport.

In the first quarter of 2009 international demand is down 10.9% to 32.6 million. Average load factor has fallen a worrying five percentage points from 77.4% during the first quarter of 2008 to just 72.1% a year later. As a result several airlines in the region have announced further capacity cuts for the summer season.
Chart: Monthly traffic
Source: AAPA

Traffic in the first three months of 2009 is currently lying somewhere between the figures for 2005 and 2006.
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Old June 3rd, 2009, 01:02 AM   #83
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Manila-bound seaman feared dead in plane crash

MANILA, Philippines - It was supposed to be a 12 hour-flight for Arden Jugueta from Brazil to France where he planned to take a connecting flight to Manila to be reunited with his wife Miguela.

But the Filipino seafarer, whose vessel was docked in Rio de Janeiro, never reached Paris.

Just three hours after Air France flight 447 left the Galeao International Airport in Brazil, the twin-engine, long-haul, medium-capacity passenger jet, vanished in the Atlantic Ocean, the Brazilian Air Force said.

Search and rescue operations were immediately sent by Brazil, France and Spain near the island of Fernando de Noronha, where the aircraft last sent a distress signal. But even before the first body of the passenger of Air France flight 447 was fished out of the icy depths of the Atlantic, the Philippine government has already braced for the worst.

"Foreign Affairs Secretary Alberto G. Romulo extends the DFA's deepest condolences to Mrs. Miguela Jugueta, the wife of Mr. Jugueta, and his family," the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said in a statement.

If all 228 people were killed, it would be the deadliest commercial airline disaster since Nov. 12, 2001, when an American Airlines jetliner crashed in the New York City borough of Queens during a flight to the Dominican Republic, killing 265 people, an Associated Press report said.

Relatives have already trooped to the Paris-Charles de Gaulle airport where their loved ones were supposed to meet with them on Monday morning. But they might wait just a little longer.

On board the flight were 61 French citizens, 58 Brazilians, 26 Germans, nine Chinese and nine Italians. A lesser number of citizens from 27 other countries also were on the passenger list, including two Americans.

Aviation investigators were pondering on several theories on how the high-tech aircraft plunged into the depths of the Atlantic Ocean after reporting bad weather in its path.

In a separate AP report, Brazil's largest airline, TAM, released a statement late Monday saying that pilots flying one of its commercial flights from Paris to Rio spotted what they thought was fire in the ocean along the Air France jet's route.
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Old June 3rd, 2009, 02:57 PM   #84
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Airlines oppose Bureau of Immigration's machine-readable 'A-D' card

MANILA, Philippines - The Airline Operators Council (AOC) protested yesterday the implementation of the new machine-readable arrival-departure (A-D) cards, calling the scheme “arbitrary, unreasonable and contrary to law.”

“With due respect, the AOC would like to register its vehement objection to the sudden implementation of the memorandum circular because its implementation is arbitrary, unreasonable and contrary to law,” AOC chairperson Ma. Lourdes Reyes said.

The Bureau of Immigration (BI) started distributing the A-D cards to arriving and departing passengers last Monday.

Many of the travelers were taken by surprise as they tried to fill up the 10 by four-inch card folded into four equal parts, where they have to register their names, citizenship, residence, birthday, occupation, passport number and its date of validity.

The forms are usually distributed by the air carriers – which have a supply of the cards for the next six months – and passengers fill them up while aboard the plane.

The document are usually inserted with the passport and scrutinized by immigration officers upon arrival before being given the stamp of approval.

The process takes time if the cards are filled up only at the port of arrival or departure, and travelers are often delayed.

The AOC opposed the new scheme, saying that thousands of passengers fill up such cards in major airports daily.

The BI had notified the AOC that the implementation would start on June 1, but Reyes said the notice was too short and “insufficient to notify more than 15 million passengers.”

“We expect some birth pains during the early implementation of the new A-D cards,” BI Commissioner Marcelino Libanan said.

He said the cards are imprinted with bar codes for security reasons, which only the BI would print and distribute.

“In line with its fight against red tape, international terrorism and other threats, the BI has implemented an innovative machine readable arrival card,” he added.

He said although the AOC has registered its objection, the BI would continue to issue the new cards because it would improve Philippine immigration and be in step with international aviation standard.

Libanan has set a dialogue with AOC officials today at the BI main office to talk about the problems.

BI anti-fraud chief Sammy Vallada said local airlines and some international airlines have already accepted BI’s new A-D card without any opposition.

“The BI has distributed sufficient supply of A/D cards to airlines and travel agencies to address the issue of alleged airport congestion,” Vallada said.

He said that international airlines have also started distributing A-D cards to their stations abroad so their flights can prepare early upon arrival in the Philippines.

Vallada said the shift to the machine-readable arrival-departure cards is another component of BI’s pro-active reform programs intended to cut processing time in the bureau and give better services to the people.
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CSC asked to probe rampant hiring of consultants at CAAP

By Rudy Santos Updated June 03, 2009 12:00 AM

MANILA, Philippines - Career officers and personnel from the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (Caap) are asking the Civil Service Commission (CSC) and the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) to look into the rampant hiring of consultants in the agency.

In a letter signed by 63 officials and employees from the agency’s Flight Standards Inspectorate Service, copies of which were sent to the CSC, DBM and the House of Representatives, among others, CAAP chief Ruben Ciron allegedly “brought along some of his trusted people, friends and military classmates to join him in the CAAP.”

“They were hired as consultants. To date, we have about more or less 100 consultants, but what is bizarre if the CSC is not aware of this, some of these consultants were placed in regular positions supervising regular and career personnel,” the letter said.

The complainants said the alleged acts of Ciron, a former Air Force general, violated CSC Memorandum Circular 26, series of 1997 “prohibiting the designation of consultants, contractual and non-career employees to positions exercising control or supervision over regular and career personnel.”

Other CAAP employees complained in a separate position paper that agency officials have hired many who “have no technical expertise.”

They said they will bring the matter to higher authorities, as well as the alleged “anomalous and highly controversial transfer of P874 million” from the Land Bank of the Philippines to United Coconut Planters Bank, a private bank.

“Provided that they were authorized by the CAAP board, why was the board resolution that authorizes the director general and other CAAP officers to sign and operate a CAAP bank account signed by proxies, not by the regular or principal members of the board?” the employees said.

They named the secretaries of labor, finance, foreign affairs, justice, interior and local government, and transportation and communications as the proper signatories of the board resolution.

The employees also claimed that only Ciron and the acting corporate treasurer, who is also his chief of staff, have complete control over these funds.

On May 19, they said Ciron made a P500,000 cash advance “with the information that it has been approved by the board.”

The employees said CAAP chief of staff Ronaldo Manlipig reimbursed P59,000 from the CAAP funds covering expenses incurred during official functions by Ciron’s office.

The receipts submitted by Manlapig, however, indicated that much of the expenditures were made on April 11 during an outing at the Eagle Point resort in Mabini, Batangas.

Ciron replied that when he was appointed in July 2008, there were already 71 consultants under Daniel Dimagiba as acting Air Transportation Office (ATO) director.

“Under my leadership, I have less than that number and I made sure that we got only local and international aviation industry professionals to assist in the final transition and restructuring of the CAAP,” Ciron said.

He said these positions were filled after a formal selection process was undertaken, involving ATO holdover personnel and newly appointed ones sitting as members of the selection committee.

Eventually, those chosen were formally presented and approved by the CAAP board of directors, Ciron said.

He said the Federal Aviation Agecy downgraded the ATO from Category 1 to Category 2 due to lack of qualified technical personnel. This is reflected by the then ATO’s Aviation Safety Division, which had 51 percent of its positions unfilled, he said.

“Given this situation, and adhering to the (International Civil Aviation Organization’s) minimum requirements, there was no other recourse but to source from the Air Force, which is about the only source of highly technical men,” Ciron said in reply to criticisms that he hired mostly military men.

Ciron said Manlipig will answer the allegations about the alleged illegal disbursement.
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President Arroyo wants two more Russian airlines in Manila
By Joyce Pangco Pañares

MOSCOW (via PLDT)—President Arroyo asked Russia to name two more carriers and urged Russian tourists to come and enjoy the tourist spots in the Philippines.

Tourism Secretary Ace Durano said that although Russia has also suffered from the global economic meltdown, its nationals are among the Philippines' top five visitors.

Mrs. Arroyo became the first Filipino president that Russian travel industry officials met. “The President wants to hear their thoughts on how to strengthen arrivals from this market,” Durano said in an interview at the Ritz Carlton Hotel.

“These are tour operators who specialize in outbound flights to Asia so this will be a confidence-building measure,” he added.

Mrs. Arroyo, who is in Russia for the first time since she became President, arrived in Moscow Tuesday night after attending the commemorative summit between Korea and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations in Jeju Island.

Durano said in 2005, Russian tourist arrivals were not even in the statistics of Tourism Department because “the Philippines was not in the map of Russian tour operators.”

“But since 2006 up to our forecast for the end of the year, we expect to see that annual growth of Russian tourist arrivals will be at about 40 percent. This is one of the fastest growing markets for us,” he said.

In 2008, Russian tourist arrivals peaked at 15,000 and it is expected to reach 21,000 this year.

The Tourism chief described Russian tourists as those “who stay the longest, for about two to three weeks, who go to the Philippines in families in groups of four to five.”

“They are tourists who eat and drink the most. They are the best clients any resort or hotel can have,” Durano said.

From Moscow, Mrs. Arroyo will proceed to a forum on the global economic crisis at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum on Friday.

“She will be among the speakers of the Forum’s plenary meeting on June 15 where she will discuss the topic Global Economic Crisis: First Lesson in Moving Forward. She will also have a bilateral meeting with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev,” deputy presidential spokesman Lorelei Fajardo said.

This developed as Durano said that under an air accord, Russian national carrier Aeroflot is the only designated airline that enjoys air freedom rights.

“Two months ago, we updated our air services agreement to include multi-airline designation so that it will not be limited to Aeroflot only and multi-point destination so Russian airlines can fly to various points in the country,” Durano said.

“Aeroflot, however, is not that interested in expanding its flights in the country. But Transaero, which is a non-designated airline, is the one that is very aggressive in pushing for the Philippines as a tourist destination,” he added.

Transaero is the second largest Russian serving international routes and has chartered flights to Cebu and Manila.

Durano said the Arroyo administration will also seek the designation of Vladivostok Asia and S7 (formerly Siberia Airlines) as official carrier.

Transaero and Aeroflot have indicated interest to operate more flights to the Philippines but were reportedly discouraged with the lack of fifth freedom rights under the air agreement.

Fifth freedom rights was previously granted to airlines operating in the Diosdado Macapagal International Airport, allowing carriers to pick up passengers in Clark and proceed to a third country before returning to their home country.
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Cebu Pacific Air offers P388 & P988 all-in seat sale for select domestic routes

Gokongwei-owned airline, Cebu Pacific (CEB) is offering a 3-day seat sale from June 5 to 7, 2009 with ‘Go Lite’ fares as low as P388 all-in for select domestic routes. This is valid for travel from July 1 to August 31, 2009.
A P388 ‘Go Lite’ fare is sold for flights from Manila to Bacolod, Boracay (Caticlan), Busuanga (Coron), Cauayan (Isabela), Kalibo, Puerto Princesa, and Tacloban; and Cebu to Siargao.

CEB is also extending a P988 ‘Go Lite’ fare for its Manila-Cagayan de Oro and Manila-Davao services.

“Our continued efforts to stimulate travel have translated to strong domestic market leadership for first quarter of 2009, and we plan to further solidify this position by offering more low fares to the traveling public,” said Candice Iyog, CEB VP for marketing and distribution.

She added, “The public can expect that as we take delivery of more brand-new aircraft, CEB will offer the youngest aircraft fleet in the country, more frequencies, and new destinations in the coming months.”Promo fares are all-inclusive and nonrefundable.

‘Go Lite’ fares are for passengers traveling with no check-in baggage. Passengers with check-in bags just have to add P200 to the fare.

CEB, the leading domestic carrier, flies to 14 cities in Asia and 32 domestic destinations with direct flights from Clark, Cebu, Davao, and Manila. It currently has the youngest fleet in the country at less than 1.9 years, comprised of 21 Airbus A320s and 8 ATR aircraft.
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Jetstar Asia to Increase Flights to Manila

Jetstar Asia has been given flying rights approval by the Air Traffic Rights Committee to operate an additional three weekly return services between Singapore and Manila, equivalent to an additional 1,000 seats of capacity on the route.

Jetstar has operated a daily service from Singapore to the capital of the Philippines since April 2005.

Services will operate from Singapore Changi Airport Terminal 1 to Ninoy Aquino International Airport.

Jetstar has not yet confirmed when it will actually launch the additional services.

Jetstar Asia and Valuair Chief Executive Officer Ms Chong Phit Lian said she was excited about the prospect of further building Manila services.

“Our Manila service has always been a solid performer and we believe that with extra flights we will be able to create even greater appeal to both the business and leisure traveller on this important route,” she said.

“Operating from Terminal 1 at Singapore Changi provides easy, convenient access for travellers and seemless connectivity for our future interline passengers.”
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Zest Air orders six more MA60s
Wednesday June 3, 2009

Zest Air of the Philippines placed an order for six additional MA60s. The carrier, formerly Asian Spirit, already operates five of the Chinese-built aircraft and expects to take delivery of the newly ordered planes starting in October. Two more will arrive in December, with the remaining three coming next year, AVIC's Xi'an Aircraft Industry Co. said. The MA60 has received 92 firm orders, with letters of intent signed for another 70. The MA600 has received 12 orders.
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Zest Air starts second expansion mode

Beijing - Philippine low cost carrier Zest Air recently concluded an order for six additional MA60's from State-owned Xi'An Aircraft International Corporation (XAIC) valued at 76 million dollars.

The order is on top of another five that was delivered to the airline in 2008 which it already operates for its domestic operations.

The former Asian Spirit airline expects to take delivery of the newly ordered planes starting in October. Two more will arrive in December, with the remaining three coming next year, AVIC's Xi'an Aircraft Industry Co. said.

The new orders will put the airline as the biggest overseas operator of the aircraft type. The MA60 has received 92 firm orders, with letters of intent signed for another 70 while the MA600 has received 12 orders.

Meanwhile, the airline company is also pursuing the acquisition of of three additional Airbus 320 with two of its orders arriving in March and April next year. They are also currently in negotiation for lease of two Boeing 767 from a US based aircraft lessor for its future operations in the middle east.

They are hoping to have a modest fleet of 11 brand new aircraft by the end of the year and intend to have a fleet of 18 aircraft at the end of 2010.


The Zest-O group is investing $150 million for capital investment this year.
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DUE TO POOR VISIBILITY AT NAIA
10 planes diverted to Clark


By Tonette Orejas
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 19:09:00 06/05/2009

Filed Under: Air Transport, Air safety, Weather

Philippines—Foreign and domestic airlines diverted 10 of their planes to the Diosdado Macapagal International Airport in Clark Freeport north of here at around 5:50 p.m. due to zero visibility for landing at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Pasay City, a Clark International Airport Corp. official said.

Six Cebu Pacific planes (three A-320s, two ATR and an A-319), two Emirates (Beechcraft and B-777), an A-319 of the Philippine Air Lines and a McDonell aircraft of Zest Air diverted to DMIA, said CIAC executive vice president and chief operating officer Alex Cauguiran.

These were all incoming flights to the NAIA. Weather was bad around the area, he said, explaining why there was difficulty in landing.

The DMIA, a 2,500-hectare airport originally owned by the US Air Force, has been an alternative airport to NAIA since 1993.
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Using tickets bought with fake or stolen credit cards is a crime

Philippine Airlines (PAL) is advising its customers to purchase their tickets only at PAL ticket offices or accredited travel agents to avoid being victimized by unscrupulous persons selling very cheap tickets bought with fraudulent credit cards.

PAL said it is closely coordinating with the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) in monitoring suspects involved in a scheme to defraud PAL and its customers.

PAL check-in counter clerks at the airports are on the look out for passengers whose tickets were not purchased through the PAL ticket office or authorized travel agents.

Passengers caught presenting tickets bought with stolen or lost credit cards will be turned over to the NBI or other law-enforcement agencies.

Under Republic Act no. 8484, persons holding or presenting counterfeit credit cards or airline tickets acquired through the fraudulent use of credit cards are criminally liable and face possible arrest at the airport.
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PAL mulls over deal with Russian airline
By Joyce Pangco Pañares
NEW AIR SERVICE AGREEMENT REQUIRED


MOSCOW—Tourism Secretary Ace Durano said the country’s flag carrier, Philippine Airlines, is studying a possible code share agreement with Russia’s second- largest airline, Transaero.

Durano, who joined President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo’s meeting with Russian tour operators at the Ritz Carlton Hotel, said a code share agreement would increase the arrival of Russian tourists in the country.

“PAL is planning to enter into a code share agreement with Russian airlines that have charter flights to Manila, in particular Transaero,” the tourism chief said in an interview after the luncheon meeting.

There are no direct flights between Russia and the Philippines until Moscow signs a new air services agreement between the two countries.

“We have already signed that agreement. We were informed the Russian government is likely to sign the air agreement in September. So the ball is now in their hands,” Durano said.

“But even without the new air agreement, PAL can still proceed with the code share arrangement because it is just a commercial agreement,” he added.

So far, only Aeroflot has been designated by the Russian government for direct flights to the Philippines but the airline has not signified interest to do so.

Durano said once the agreement is signed in September, the Philippines will ask the designation of Transaero, Vladivostok Asia and S7 (formerly Siberia Airlines).

Transaero, the second-largest Russian airline serving international routes, has charter flights to Cebu and Manila.

“This is what we are lobbying. These are the three airlines that we want to be designated by the Russian government,” Durano said.
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Top 10 Foreign Passenger Traffic in 2008
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Last year, the Philippines welcomed 3.13 million visitors from all over the world, up 1.5 percent over 2007’s 3.09 million arrivals. The country’s top tourist markets were:

1. Korea (611,629)
2. United States (578,246)
3. Japan (359,306)
4. China (163,689)
5. Australia (121,514)
6. Taiwan (118,782)
7. Hong Kong (116,653)
8. Canada (102,381)
9. Singapore (100,177)
10. United Kingdom (87,422)


There were more than 12 million international passengers going to the Philippines in 2008 and 1/4 of the international traffic are foreigners while the rest are returning Filipino nationals. International traffic grew at 6% on year on year basis.
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Zest Air Orders Airbus 320


Paris - Philippine carrier Zest Airways has booked an order for one brand new plane with option for another one from Toulouse based aircraft manufacturer Airbus S.A.S. in an announcement made earlier this week.

This put Airbus net order total for 2009 at just 11 aircraft following another dismal month for sales. The European company just booked two orders for the month of May and delivered 483 out of 777 orders (worth US$100 billion), including 12 A-380 in 2008.

Asiawide Airways is the holding firm of low cost carrier Zest Airways in the Philippines which is controlled by Alfredo Yao of AMY Holdings. The airline is registered with the Philippines Securities and Exchange Commission with Authorized Capital Stock of 11 million US dollars.

The airline was operating as Asian Spirit before it was sold to Asiawide for 22 million US dollars and renamed Zest Airways. The company recently marked up six additional orders for chinese build MA-60 aircraft of Xi'an Aircraft Company, a subsidiary of State-owned AVIC I of China. It currently operates 5 MA-60 and 2 Airbus 320-200.

Airbus said Friday that it is on track to reach a tough delivery target set for this year, despite a decline in new orders last month to just two planes from Asiawide and International Lease Finance Corporation (ILFC), down from eight orders in April and 16 in March.

"We are facing a challenging market environment," Stefan Schaffrath, spokesman for European Aeronautic Defense & Space Co. (EADS)

"The focus this year is not on gaining new orders, but getting new aircraft delivered to our customers," Schaffrath said.

Airbus has targeted 480 aircraft deliveries for 2009, a level that would equal the record-high total made last year. But analysts have questioned whether the company can meet that goal. On Friday, Airbus said it delivered 205 aircraft to customers in the first five months of this year, 43 of which were in May.

"We are on track to reach the 480-plane target for this year," the spokesman said, adding that the company had an order backlog of 3,521 aircraft at the end of last month, representing six years of production.
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Domestic Airline remains bullish on the Philippines

Manila -Airlines operating in the Philippines remains upbeat on their growth potential despite bleak forecast on international travel reported by the International Air Transport Association (IATA).

IATA has announced that airline losses are seen to double this year and may reach a whooping $9 billion, twice the $4.7 billion estimated in March says IATA Director General Giovanni Bisignani. The Geneva based organization represents 93 percent of global airline routes.

“There is no modern precedent for today’s economic meltdown," says the IATA Director stating that “this is the most difficult situation that the industry has faced." Bisignani said revenues would drop an “unprecedented" 15 percent to $448 billion in 2009 from last year’s $528 billion.

However, domestic air traffic figures has consistently defied world recession and is projected to grow further by whooping 14% this year despite international decline of passengers.

CAB deputy executive director Porvenir Porciuncula said domestic traffic for the first quarter of the year has grown 21 percent more than last year

Philippine Airlines (PAL) on its part remains optimistic on its domestic growth and intend to go “back to basics" by improving its service to its customers.

Asia's first airline has been reputed in the past to have poor service performance but recently it managed to register an on time flight performance of over 90 percent in the last three years after successfully going out of its rehabilitation program.

Part of this initiative is to maintain PAL’s On time Performance, which he claims is "better than industry standards."

“Improving customer service both on ground and in the air, and offering competitive and affordable rates to loyal customers and new passengers will entice them to fly more and patronize Philippine Airlines," he added.

The airline hopes to “adapt and cope with the current market volatility by focusing on product improvement, asset and cost management and business efficiency," PAL president Jaime J. Bautista said.

The company also expressed its “cautious optimism" about its three-pronged strategy which will focus on “contribution margin, cost efficiency, and risk management."

The said strategy will help tide the company over “during these difficult times," Bautista said. He added that the airline would continue to look for ways “to improve its operations and control costs without compromising passenger safety and comfort."


Low cost carrier Cebu Pacific Airlines expects to meet its goal of transporting nine million passengers this year as it failed to meet its goal of transporting 7 million passengers in 2008 due to counter-strategy of Philippine Airlines. Cebu Pacific, which flew 23 percent more passengers last year to 6.7 million.

The airline is ranked as the third largest low-cost carrier in Asia Pacific next to Air Asia of Malaysia and Lion Air of Indonesia, and considered the 22nd largest LCC in the world based on passengers carried.

Cebu Pacific's projection for this year “stays the same" as market conditions during the period “have been anticipated," Candice Iyog, Cebu Pacific Air Inc. vice president for marketing and distribution said.

Zest Airways on its part will continue its expansion mode as it recently introduced a double daily service to Davao.

The use to be Asian Spirit airline will intend to re-introduce old routes it left in the past as it expands its domestic service under the Zest name. It recently made an order for 6 more Xi'an MA-60 to grow its fleet and service more secondary domestic destinations in Visayas and Mindanao. It also bought a brand new Airbus 320 plane from Europe based aircraft manufacturer Airbus for expansion to the Asia Pacific region.

Zest Air Chairman Donald Dee said that the two MA-60 will be stationed in Cebu while the third one will be stationed in Zamboanga to restore and expand its old domestic network.

"We have a good fighting chance, we are competing head-on with the big two market players for Caticlan, Cebu and Davao," Dee said.

Established barely a year, the airline is closely outpacing Air Philippines, a subsidiary of Philippine airlines, and running a poor fourth on the race for now but will become the 3rd largest domestic carrier by the first half of the year.

It flies from Manila to Virac in Catanduanes, Busuanga, San Jose (Mindoro), Marinduque, Cebu, Davao, Calbayog, Catarman and Caticlan, as well as new services to Puerto Princesa, Naga, Legaspi, Iloilo, Kalibo, Tacloban, Bacolod and Tagbilaran.

Within the year, the company is also expected to launch its regional routes when the international aviation industry rebounds again and that may include destinations to Hong Kong, Macau, Beijing, Xiamen, Kota Kinabalu, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore and Japan.
By operating locally, ZestAir has been shielded by uncertainty as it continue to grow its domestic operation despite recession and that is exactly their advantage.

Although it expects to post losses for its first year, the company, like all local carriers, is “least affected in the region," said Alfredo Yao.

“Domestic travel is good. Our passengers has increased by 20 percent in the first quarter unlike those in the western side," he said.
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Domestic Airline remains bullish on the Philippines

Manila -Airlines operating in the Philippines remains upbeat on their growth potential despite bleak forecast on international travel reported by the International Air Transport Association (IATA).

IATA has announced that airline losses are seen to double this year and may reach a whooping $9 billion, twice the $4.7 billion estimated in March says IATA Director General Giovanni Bisignani. The Geneva based organization represents 93 percent of global airline routes.

“There is no modern precedent for today’s economic meltdown," says the IATA Director stating that “this is the most difficult situation that the industry has faced." Bisignani said revenues would drop an “unprecedented" 15 percent to $448 billion in 2009 from last year’s $528 billion.

However, domestic air traffic figures has consistently defied world recession and is projected to grow further by whooping 14% this year despite international decline of passengers.

CAB deputy executive director Porvenir Porciuncula said domestic traffic for the first quarter of the year has grown 21 percent more than last year

Philippine Airlines (PAL) on its part remains optimistic on its domestic growth and intend to go “back to basics" by improving its service to its customers.

Asia's first airline has been reputed in the past to have poor service performance but recently it managed to register an on time flight performance of over 90 percent in the last three years after successfully going out of its rehabilitation program.

Part of this initiative is to maintain PAL’s On time Performance, which he claims is "better than industry standards."

“Improving customer service both on ground and in the air, and offering competitive and affordable rates to loyal customers and new passengers will entice them to fly more and patronize Philippine Airlines," he added.

The airline hopes to “adapt and cope with the current market volatility by focusing on product improvement, asset and cost management and business efficiency," PAL president Jaime J. Bautista said.

The company also expressed its “cautious optimism" about its three-pronged strategy which will focus on “contribution margin, cost efficiency, and risk management."

The said strategy will help tide the company over “during these difficult times," Bautista said. He added that the airline would continue to look for ways “to improve its operations and control costs without compromising passenger safety and comfort."

Low cost carrier Cebu Pacific Airlines expects to meet its goal of transporting nine million passengers this year as it failed to meet its goal of transporting 7 million passengers in 2008 due to counter-strategy of Philippine Airlines. Cebu Pacific, which flew 23 percent more passengers last year to 6.7 million.

The airline is ranked as the third largest low-cost carrier in Asia Pacific next to Air Asia of Malaysia and Lion Air of Indonesia, and considered the 22nd largest LCC in the world based on passengers carried.

Cebu Pacific's projection for this year “stays the same" as market conditions during the period “have been anticipated," Candice Iyog, Cebu Pacific Air Inc. vice president for marketing and distribution said.

Zest Airways on its part will continue its expansion mode as it recently introduced a double daily service to Davao.

The use to be Asian Spirit airline will intend to re-introduce old routes it left in the past as it expands its domestic service under the Zest name. It recently made an order for 6 more Xi'an MA-60 to grow its fleet and service more secondary domestic destinations in Visayas and Mindanao. It also bought a brand new Airbus 320 plane from Europe based aircraft manufacturer Airbus for expansion to the Asia Pacific region.

Zest Air Chairman Donald Dee said that the two MA-60 will be stationed in Cebu while the third one will be stationed in Zamboanga to restore and expand its old domestic network.

"We have a good fighting chance, we are competing head-on with the big two market players for Caticlan, Cebu and Davao," Dee said.

Established barely a year, the airline is closely outpacing Air Philippines, a subsidiary of Philippine airlines, and running a poor fourth on the race for now but will become the 3rd largest domestic carrier by the first half of the year.

It flies from Manila to Virac in Catanduanes, Busuanga, San Jose (Mindoro), Marinduque, Cebu, Davao, Calbayog, Catarman and Caticlan, as well as new services to Puerto Princesa, Naga, Legaspi, Iloilo, Kalibo, Tacloban, Bacolod and Tagbilaran.

Within the year, the company is also expected to launch its regional routes when the international aviation industry rebounds again and that may include destinations to Hong Kong, Macau, Beijing, Xiamen, Kota Kinabalu, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore and Japan.
By operating locally, ZestAir has been shielded by uncertainty as it continue to grow its domestic operation despite recession and that is exactly their advantage.

Although it expects to post losses for its first year, the company, like all local carriers, is “least affected in the region," said Alfredo Yao.

“Domestic travel is good. Our passengers has increased by 20 percent in the first quarter unlike those in the western side," he said.
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Philippine Airlines sports new speed sensors
But it is not known how many is fitted


Manila - Airbus operator Philippine Airlines is already sporting a new airspeed sensors for its Airbus A330 and A340 jets after the plane-maker recommended in September 2007 that airlines replace the Thales speed sensors, known as Pitot tubes, on its single-aisle A320, A330 and A340 series planes. The airline operates a fleet of eight A330-300 and four A340-300. It is however unknown whether all of its fleet were fitted already with the new sensors.

There were more than 600 A330s that are in service globally with about 70 carriers, according to Airbus’s Web site.

US Airways has begun replacing its A330s’ airspeed sensors following the accident “out of an abundance of caution,” said Morgan Durrant, a spokesman. Dublin-based Aer Lingus is also “prioritizing modification” of two A330s carrying the older model in response to the Air France crash, Enda Corneille, a spokesman at the Irish airline, said in an e-mail.

Delta Air Lines Inc., the world’s biggest carrier, said today it is upgrading its Airbus A330s under plans made before the accident, without disclosing how many of the planes had already received the new parts.

Malaysian Airline System Bhd. finished upgrading the Thales sensors on its A330s last September, said Mohd Roslan Ismail, the carrier’s chief maintenance manager, in an e-mailed reply. Local long-haul competitor AirAsia X said it had upgraded the one A330 it purchased before the older part was discontinued.


Kingfisher Airlines acquired all five of its A330s after the older sensor was discontinued, with the newer version already installed, according to Prakash Mirpuri, a spokesman at the Bangalore, India-based carrier.

Deutsche Lufthansa AG and Qantas Airways Ltd. said that their A330s are equipped with airspeed sensors from Goodrich Corp., the alternative supplier approved by Airbus, and that they’re unaware of any safety issues or manufacturer recommendations concerning the part.

Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd., Dubai-based Emirates, Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways, Finnair Oyj, Stockholm-based SAS Group and Singapore Airlines Ltd. also said their A330s are fitted with the Goodrich model.

Air Canada, Rome-based Air One, Brussels Airlines, Jet Airways (India) Ltd., Garuda Indonesia, Korean Air Lines Co., Sri Lankan Airlines, Thai Airways International Pcl and Vietnam Airlines didn’t return e-mail and telephone requests for information on their A330 fleets. BMI, Philippine Airlines and Qatar Airways said information wasn’t immediately available.

French investigators suggested that unreliable readings may have been a factor in the crash of Air France flight 447 off Brazil, killing 228 people. "Ice damage or obstruction of sensors may have produced faulty speed readings, contributing to the crash of the Air France airliner en route from Rio de Janeiro to Paris", according to Paul-Louis Arslanian, the chief French investigator.

The plane’s autopilot shut down at the start of a four- minute catalogue of system failures, probably because the flight computer spotted discrepancies among the readings from the three speed sensors, officials from France’s BEA accident- investigation bureau said at a news conference June 6.

Beyond the autopilot shutdown, “we haven’t yet found a link between the inconsistent speed measurements and the system failures,” said Alain Bouillard, the chief technician on the inquiry.

Caroline Philips, a spokeswoman for Neuilly-sur-Seine, France-based Thales, said the manufacturer had no comment while the investigation is under way.

Accurate airspeed readings are pivotal because flying too fast can damage a plane’s airframe and traveling too slowly produces an “aerodynamic stall” and loss of control. Following the crash, Air France and Toulouse, France-based Airbus both issued reminders to pilots of procedures to follow when measurements become unreliable. (With reports by Laurence Frost and Andrea Rothman, Bloomberg)
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RPMO heats up as airlines battle for air supremacy


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

It is expected that its present passenger volume will be split up again once both airlines start serving Pagadian airport.
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Ozamiz - Philippine Airlines may have won the battle early by keeping its competitor, low cost carrier Cebu Pacific out of its terminal building but has not deterred 5J to slowly swallow its market share away from its subsidiary, firstly, from Air Philippines and second, from PAL Express when it introduced service to the newly reopened airport late last year.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

It is expected that its present passenger volume will be split up again once both airlines start serving Pagadian airport.
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