CEB Clears Hurdle To GUM, HNL

8 April 2015

Low cost carrier Cebu Pacific (CEB) has obtained ETOPS (Extended-range Twin-engine Operational Performance Standards) clearance from the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to fly Honolulu and Guam, the airline said yesterday.

Alejandro B. Reyes, head of long-haul division said that it has also received Philippine certification for Extended Diversion Time Operations (EDTO) of up to 120 minutes enabling it's aircraft to fly Guam and Hawaii in the United States. Flight to those destinations will commence before year-end.

The airline said the FAA ETOPS clearance prompted its counterpart in the Philippine to approve a similar EDTO (Extended Diversion Time Operations) rating which is used in the Philippines.

The Philippine aviation rules is patterned after Australia.

ETOPS or EDTO rating apply only to twin jet engines operating over the Ocean on routes with diversion time more than 60 minutes at one engine inoperative speed.

Cebu Pacific fleet comprises the Airbus A320 and A330, both twin engined aircraft.

Reyes said that Cebu Pacific’s EDTO 120 certification now allows them to serve new long haul markets with a “more direct route between airports.”

Cebu Pacific said the airline will install additional engineering requirements for two of its new A330 for long haul services over the Pacific.

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