CEB Hires Air France-KLM Engineering For A320 Maintenance



29 March 2017

Cebu Pacific Air (CEB) has selected Air France Industries KLM Engineering & Maintenance (AFI KLM E&M) to provide component support and solutions, repairs and local pool access for 36 Airbus A320ceos, and future Airbus A321neos.

The selection of AFI KLM E&M came following a call for tenders by the airline in September 2016 for the carrier's expanding fleet of Airbus passenger jets. Previously, Singapore Airlines Engineering Co. was the maintenance provider of these jets.

The eight year contract covers a fleet of over 40 Airbus A320ceos and its future A320neo orders.

The airline currently operates a fleet of 59 aircraft, consisting of four Airbus A319, 36 Airbus A320ceo, seven Airbus A330, eight ATR 72-500, and four ATR 72-600 aircraft.

AFI KLM E&M says the contract is its first with Cebu Pacific and the first component support contract in the Philippines.

Between 2017 and 2021, Cebu expects delivery of 45 new aircraft as part of its fleet renewal programme. Comprised of 12 ATR 72-600 aircraft, one new Airbus A330, and 32 Airbus A321neos, the new aircraft will bring the CEB fleet to 85 by 2021.

AFI KLM E&M is a major multi-product MRO (Maintenance, Repair, Overhaul) provider and currently supports almost 2,000 aircraft operated by 200 major international and domestic airlines. It provides MRO services from Manila International Airport.

Busiest Airports in 2016

28 March 2017



BUSIEST AIRPORT IN THE PHILIPPINES
NUMBERAIRPORTCODETRAFFIC
1NINOY AQUINO INTERNATIONAL APTMNL39,516,782
2MACTAN CEBU INTERNATIONAL APTCEB8,830,638
3FRANCISCO BANGOY INTERNATIONAL APTDVO3,553,201
4KALIBO INTERNATIONAL APTKLO2,711,036
5ILOILO INTERNATIONAL APTILO1,943,719
6LAGUINDINGAN APTCGY1,776,353
7PUERTO PRINCESA INTERNATIONAL APTPPS1,644,003
8BACOLOD APTBCD1,498,741
9TACLOBAN APTTAC1,182,951
10ZAMBOANGA APTZAM980,476
11CLARK INTERNATIONAL CRK950,732
12TAGBILARANTAG871,383
13GENERAL SANTOSGES838,867
14CATICLANMPH736,559
15BUTUANBXU681,263
16LEGASPILGP564,372
17DUMAGUETEDTE546,276
18BUSUANGAUSU321,595
19OZAMIZOZA290,966
20ROXASRXS267,388
21COTABATOCOT258,529
22DIPOLOGDPL243,418
23LAOAGLAO206,015
24NAGAWNP137,378
25TAWI-TAWITWT108,030
Source: Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines
Philippine Airspace © Copyright 2017


Navy Gets TC-90

27 March 2017

Philippine Navy (PN) has received the first two Beechcraft TC-90 King Air advanced trainer aircraft out of the five frames committed by the Japanese  Ministry of Defense (JMOD) to be let to the Philippine military for pilot training on surveillance missions.

It is the first Self-Defense Forces aircraft leased to another country since world war II after it recently lifted a self-imposed ban on weapons exports.The Philippines will pay Japan $7,000 each for four aircraft yearly and only $200 for the fifth—for a total of $28,200. The lease will be renewable every year.

The first two were stripped of surveillance equipment's as they will be used for training purposes while the next three more TC90s expected to arrive by the end of March 2018 will possess some classified surveillance suite for maritime security patrols.

The TC-90 is capable of flying some 1,900 kilometers (1,180 miles), roughly double the flight range of the Philippine navy’s Islander aircraft.

The Philippines through its Defence Ministry had been pushing for a handover of three of the more advanced P-3C Orion aircraft, developed by Lockheed Martin but the request was deferred by Tokyo citing technical and operational deficiencies on the P-3Cs and required permission on the use of some surveillance suite by the US government.


PAL Adds Two More 777

21 March 2017



Philippine Airlines (PAL) will add two new B777-300ER aircraft, part of long-term lease with Intrepid Aviation secured in 2014.

The aircraft is expected for delivery in December 2017 and January 2018 for routes to London and North American destinations.

The aircraft lessor currently holds two of the eight triple seven fleet of the airline in an agreement sealed in New York in 2013.

PAL Adds Direct Kuwait Flights

Grows Dubai


17 February 2017

Flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) is terminating triangular service and will fly instead direct flights to Kuwait beginning March 26, 2017 every Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday after traffic negotiations with Kuwaiti authorities for fifth freedom traffic rights between Dubai and Kuwait ended up on a negative note.

Accordingly, fifth freedom traffic rights between Bangkok and Manila granted by the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) to Kuwaiti Airways is likewise terminated.

Meanwhile, flights to Dubai (PR658/PR659) will grow daily leaving at 10:40 p.m.

PAA Opens Davao Hub

Expands Cebu Hub

17 February 2017


Philippine AirAsia (PAA) is introducing new hub out of Davao International Airport beginning April 22, 2017 as it flies to Caticlan and Puerto Princesa and re-introduce Davao-Cebu to its route network.

The airline will also open Cebu-Caticlan and Cebu-Puerto Princesa on the same date. Flight schedules shall become available after securing regulatory approvals.

Davao airport will be the airlines fifth hub. PAA operates hubs in Manila, Kalibo, Cebu, and Puerto Princesa.

From Russia With Love

Russia Delivers Aid To Earthquake Victims In Surigao

16 February 2017

The Philippine government yesterday received from the Russian Federation some 30 tons of humanitarian aid for the victims of the recent earthquake that struck Surigao Del Norte on February 10 delivered from the Kremlin's Special Flight Squadron.

The relief items from Moscow Vnukovo Airport, valued at some 20 million, arrived yesterday morning at Davao International Airport aboard a military aircraft from the Russian Federation for Civil Defense.

Russia also sent aid to Bohol and Cebu when earthquake hit the area in 2012 coincidentally on the same month and date.

CEB Opens Up Masbate and Tablas

15 February 2017


Cebu Pacific subsidiary Cebgo flies Masbate and Tablas beginning Wednesday, February 15 utilizing the newly acquired ATR 72-600 aircraft.

The airline will operate daily flights between Manila and Masbate and fly four times weekly (Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday) between Manila and Tablas, in Romblon.

Cebgo operates from six hubs across the country in Manila, Cebu, Davao, Clark, Kalibo, and Iloilo from which it connects the Philippine islands.

Tablas inaugural flight of Cebu Pacific.