CAE buys out Air Asia in AACE

Canada based CAE Incorporated assumed full ownership of Asian Aviation Centre of Excellence (AACE), a flight training simulator provider, when it bought the 50% share of Air Asia in its joint venture.

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AACE was established in 2011 to provide aviation related training for flight deck crew, cabin crew, aviation engineers and technicians. Currently, it has three simulator training centers located in Malaysia, Singapore and Vietnam. It also has a share in the Philippine Academy of Aviation.
CAE remains as AirAsia Group’s exclusive training partner, having extended its existing training contract for AirAsia until 2036.


Royal Brunei Airlines-Philippine Airlines Code Share

Flag carriers Philippine Airlines (PR) and Royal Brunei Airlines (RBA) recently signed a code-share agreement covering flights out of Manila and Cebu to Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei.

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This code-share agreement marks the return of PR in Brunei. RBA passengers can now access the domestic and international flights of PR. Philippine Airline passengers, on the other hand, can now continue their flights to all RBA’s destinations. Passengers from the Philippines and Brunei can now purchase tickets for PR-RB flights operating 8X/week.

Royal Brunei Airlines is PAL’s 14th  code-share partner and PAL’s fourth code-share partner in South East Asia. Thru this partnership, PAL adds another destination to its Asian network.

PAL’s other code–share partners include Air Macau, ANA (Japan), Cathay Pacific (Hongkong), China Airlines, Etihad (UAE), Garuda Indonesia, Gulf Air (Bahrain), Hawaiian Airlines, Malaysia Airlines, Turkish Airlines, Vietnam Airlines, WestJet (Canada) and XiamenAir.

Brunei is home to almost 20,000 Filipino overseas contract workers.


Jeju Air, Cebu Pacific begin joint flight service

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Value Alliance members Jeju Air of Korea and Cebu Pacific Air of the Philippines began joint air service last month.

The first interline tickets went on sale in June. Korean travelers can now fly to Sydney, Australia via Manila in the Philippines. Interline tickets refer to a set of tickets that connects flight routes through partner carriers.

Jeju Air and Cebu Pacific are both members of Value Alliance consisting of eight major low-cost carriers in the Asia-Pacific region. These members include Nok Air and Nok Scoot of Thailand, Scoot of Singapore, Tiger Australia and Japan’s Vanilla Air. Jeju Air plans to sign partnerships with other members of the alliance so it can offer greater international service without having to expand its fleet.

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Membership in the alliance was one of Jeju Air’s main strategies to survive in the increasingly crowded and cutthroat Korean LCC market. More low-cost carriers are jumping into the business, even as the six existing ones are competing for a limited pie of travelers in the country.

Philippines AirAsia flies to Iloilo

Starting October 1, Philippines AirAsia (Z2) will start flying to Iloilo daily (3 times a day) using the 180 seat Airbus 320.

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“The addition of Manila–Iloilo route will further expand our domestic footprint in the Visayas region following our expansion in Cebu via the launch of international and domestic flights,” Philippines Air Asia CEO Dexter Comendador said. Z2 competes directly with Philippine Airlines and Cebu Pacific for this route.

Philippines AirAsia has a fleet of 15 Airbus 320 planes.