V Air Terminates Manila

20 June 2016

V Air Cancels Flight To MNL

Taiwan’s low-cost carrier V Air announced the cancellation of its Philippine service, just less than 4 months from its first inaugural flight after booking poor sales.

The TransAsia Airways subsidiary went to a bad start after Taiwan-based competitors China Airlines and Eva Air increased capacity to Manila while discounting prices. Manila-based carriers Philippine Airlines and low cost competitor Cebu Pacific also flies this sector.

The airline is scheduling last flight on 14 July 2016, currently served 4 times a week with Airbus A320 aircraft

New Parking Bay Opens Up In NAIA

5J Exclusive Use

14 June 2016

Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) broke ground Tuesday a 2.5-hectare aircraft parking bay at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) South General Aviation Area, formerly Flight Operations Briefing Station for exclusive use of Cebu Pacific.

“This area supplements the space requirement of our growing fleet and will contribute to the optimization of our ground operations,” Lance Y. Gokongwei, the airline’s president and CEO, said in a statement.

The parking bay can accommodate approximately four Airbus A320-family aircraft or six ATR turboprops, opening much needed terminal bays for Terminal 3 operations.

CEB Chief Executive Adviser Michael Szucs and MIAA General Manager Jose Angel Honrado graced the groundbreaking ceremony this morning.

5J To Add Two More A330s

Brings Widebody Fleet to Eight

12 June 2016

Low cost carrier Cebu Pacific has announced that it will acquire two more Airbus 330-300 aircraft in a deal valued at $512.8 million, company President Lance Gokongwei said.

"That is under consideration because we're looking to fly to additional routes particularly Honolulu or increasing potential flights to the Middle East," Gokongwei adds.

The airline intends to have the widebody delivered this year and the next as it addresses long haul capacity shortfall made more difficult by Manila slot allocation problems.

Cebu Pacific acquired 6 A330-300 which were delivered between 2013 and 2015. The 436 seater aircraft flies to the Middle East particularly Dubai, Riyadh, Doha and Kuwait City. It is also flown to Sydney in Australia.

The company which boast a fleet of 55 aircraft, expects delivery of two more A320s, 30 Airbus A321neo and 16 ATR 72-600 up to 2021. It intends to add 14 narrow body frames to its fleet by 2018.

The airline's fleet currently comprises 5 Airbus A319, 36 Airbus A320, six Airbus A330, and eight ATR 72-500 aircraft which flies to 29 international and 34 domestic destinations. It is Southeast Asia’s third largest LCC group behind AirAsia and Lion.

CX Flies First A350 To MNL

June 2, 2016

Cathay Pacific has officially flown its first Airbus A350-900 flight to Manila yesterday after it was unveiled in a spectacular ceremony in Hong Kong where employees, media and distinguished guests were introduced to the newest member of Cathay Pacific’s fleet.

Cathay Pacific's A350-900XWB MSN29 (B-LRA) made inaugural service to Manila flying CX907/906 in a historical fashion, following its long tradition to the country, and also making the first A350 service to land in the Philippines.

The A350 aircraft arrived in Hong Kong International Airport from Toulouse, France on Sunday, 29 May. It is the first of 48 A350s scheduled to be delivered to the airline.