Cebu Pacific Receives 32nd Airbus A320

NEW AIRCRAFT. This is the 3rd of 4 Airbus A320 aircraft that the airline is set to receive this year, Cebu Pacific announces on Monday, September 28, 2015. Photo from Ajig Ibasco / Cebu Pacific
NEW AIRCRAFT. This is the 3rd of 4 Airbus A320 aircraft that the airline is set to receive this year, Cebu Pacific announces on Monday, September 28, 2015. Photo from Ajig Ibasco / Cebu Pacific

Next stop: Honolulu

While Cebu Pacific is in a middle of a $4 billion refleeting program, the country’s largest budget airline also eyes new destinations, and considers Honolulu, Hawaii for its next route early 2016.

Speaking on the sidelines of the 2015 Philippine Aviation Summit on September 25, Cebu Pacific CEO Lance Gokongwei said flying to Honolulu is a good move considering the large number of Filipinos living there.

“Using Manila as a hub, probably a lot of North Asian countries can connect to Manila with direct flights from Honolulu,” he said.

Apart from Honolulu, Cebu Pacific is also allowed to fly to Guam, Saipan, San Francisco, and Los Angeles, following the country’s upgraded aviation rating to Category 1 by the US Federal Aviation Authority in April 2014.

Gokongwei added that Cebu Pacific might also increase its flights to Australia. Currently, the staunch rival of legacy carrier Philippine Airlines is already flying to Sydney.

In April 2015, the Center for Aviation noted that Honolulu, Hawaii and Melbourne, Australia would be Cebu Pacific’s 6th and 7th long-haul destination, joining 4 in the Middle East and Sydney.

Targeting 18 million for passenger volume this year, Cebu Pacific is also solidifying its place in the region, competing with the likes of Malaysia’s AirAsia Berhad.

On September 21, the airline announced that it bagged the approval of the Singapore government to enter into a strategic alliance with Tigerair, a unit of Singapore Airlines Ltd.

“Cebu Pacific’s passengers, particularly from the Philippines, will be able to enjoy seamless connections onto Tigerair’s established network in Southeast Asia and India. Tigerair’s customers, on the other hand, will be able to select from Cebu Pacific’s extensive network in the Philippines and North Asia,” the statement read.

Source: Lynda C. Corpuz /

Cebu Pacific Receives 30th Brand New Airbus A320

MANILA – Gokongwei-led low cost carrier Cebu Pacific has received a brand new Airbus A320 aircraft, the airline said on Monday.

The airline said the new aircraft, its 30th Airbus A320, arrived at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) on Sunday, January 25.

“The brand-new Airbus A320 is the airline’s eleventh aircraft that comes equipped with Sharklets. Sharklets are 2.4 meter wingtip devices that enable lesser fuel burn and lower emissions,” it said.

Cebu Pacific now operates a fleet of 53 aircraft comprised of 30 Airbus A320, 10 Airbus A319, 5 Airbus A330 and 8 ATR-72 500 aircraft.

The airline, which is currently in a P180-billion refleeting program, is expecting the delivery of 8 more brand-new Airbus A320, 30 Airbus A321neo, and 1 Airbus A330 aircraft until 2021.

The airline was recently fined P52 million by the Civil Aeronautics Board due to delays and cancellations of several flights from December 24 to 26, 2014.

Cebu Pacific chief executive and president Lance Gokongwei has apologized to its passengers affected by the incident.


Brand New A320 For Cebu Pacific Arrives

Cebu Pacific (PSE:CEB), took delivery of one brand-new Airbus A320 aircraft recently is the 4th A320 that the airline has received this year.

CebuCEB’s brand-new Airbus A320 arrived at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) last October 30, 2014. CEB is due to take delivery of another A320 this November 2014.

The brand-new Airbus A320 is the airline’s 9th aircraft that comes equipped with Sharklets. Sharklets are 2.4 meter wingtip devices that enable lesser fuel burn and lower emissions.

“The addition of fuel-efficient Airbus A320 aircraft to our fleet enables CEB to continue offering its trademark low fares to even more passengers in CEB’s extensive route network,” said Atty. Juan Lorenzo Tañada, CEB VP for Corporate Affairs.

With this delivery, CEB now operates a fleet of 51 aircraft comprised of 10 Airbus A319, 28 Airbus A320, 5 Airbus A330 and 8 ATR-72 500 aircraft. It is one of the most modern aircraft fleets in the world. Between 2015 and 2021, Cebu Pacific will take delivery of 9 more brand-new Airbus A320, 30 Airbus A321neo, and 1 Airbus A330 aircraft.

Cebu Air Inc. is the largest carrier in the Philippine air transportation industry, offering its low-cost services to more destinations and routes with higher flight frequency within the Philippines than any other airline.

Source: The Manila Bulletin

Tigerair Philippines Now Flies to Roxas and Tagbilaran


Tigerair Philippines with its network made wider with Cebu Pacific, now flies daily from Manila to Tagbilaran and Roxas. The new flights will utilize Airbus A320 aircrafts.

The Tagbilaran (Bohol) service departs daily from Manila at 6:00 AM and lands in Tagbilaran (Bohol) at 7:15 in the morning. The return flight departs 7:55 AM and lands in Manila at 9:10 in the morning.

The airline’s Roxas service will depart daily from Manila at 2:00 PM and will land in Roxas at 3:05 in the afternoon. The return flight will depart Roxas at 3:35 PM and will land in Manila at 4:40 in the afternoon.

“Tigerair Philippines, through its network made wider with Cebu Pacific, looks forward to offering additional flight and destination options for its guests,” said Atty. Leilani de Leon, Tigerair Philippines Chief Legal and Corporate Affairs.

From Tagbilaran, the maiden flight was sent off by CAAP (OIC-TAG) Engr. Dennis Aures, Executive Assistant of the Governor Anthony Damalerio, Tiger Air Philippines Chief Legal and Corporate Affairs Officer Atty. Leilani De Leon, City Administrator Leonides “Edi” Borja, Tagbilaran City Councillors Abeleon Damalerio, Lucille Lagunay, Jermiahs Pabe and DOT Region VII Director Rowena Montecillo.

The maiden flight from Roxas was sent off by Department of Tourism Region 6 Regional Director Atty. Helen Catalbas, Capiz Governor Victor Tangco, Capiz Vice Governor Esteban Contreras, Roxas Airport Manager Martin Tere, Provincial Administrator Atty. Jose Villanueva, Secretary to the Mayor Bryan Argos, Roxas City Vice Mayor Ronnie Dadivas, and Tigerair Director for Corporate Affairs Malou Pangilinan.

With the new routes, Tigerair Philippines offers over 240 weekly flights to one international and 13 domestic destinations: Hong Kong, Bacolod, Cagayan de Oro, Clark, Cebu, Davao, General Santos, Iloilo, Kalibo, Manila, Roxas, Puerto Princesa, Tacloban and Tagbilaran. It utilizes a fleet of four Airbus A320 aircraft.


Cebu Pacific To Return 5 Airbuses To Tiger Airways Singapore By Q3, 2014


Budget airline Cebu Pacific will complete the return of five Airbus aircraft from newly-acquired Tiger Airways to their original owner Tiger Airways Singapore Pte Ltd.

Two of Tiger Airways’ Airbus A319s have already been returned to the Singaporean airline while three more A320s will be returned by the third quarter of 2014, lawyer Jorenz Tañada, Cebu Pacific vice president for corporate affairs, said in a text message.

According to aviation market analysis firm Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation, “Cebu Pacific was unwilling to assume the Tigerair Philippines fleet of five A320 family aircraft as they are powered with different engines from Cebu Pacific’s A320 fleet.”

Cebu Pacific spent $7 million to buy the 40 percent share of Tiger Airways Singapore Pte Ltd and $8 million for the 60 percent owned by Filipino businessmen in Tigerair Philippines, giving the budget airline 100-percent control when the purchase was completed on March 22.

It plans to rename Tiger to Go Air Inc.

Cebu Pacific currently operates more than 2,200 flights a week to 24 international and 33 Philippine destinations in its network while Tigerair Philippines operates 118 flights a week week to 11 domestic and international destinations.

The combined fleet is expected to allow Cebu Pacific to fly to high-growth markets like Australia, Myanmar, and India and allow Tigerair Philippines to fly more passengers to additional cities in Cebu Pacific’s network in the Philippines and North Asia.

Source: JDS, GMA News




Seair International Eyes Taiwan, Japan and China


HOMEGROWN carrier South East Asian Airlines International Inc. (Seair-I) expects to serve the international market next quarter as it expands its fleet through lease agreements.

Seair-I President Avelino L. Zapanta said the leisure carrier plans to fly to Taiwan, China and Japan this year, an aggressive expansion from its maiden scheduled domestic flight today.

“We are in talks with airline operators for possible charters to serve Taiwan, Shanghai and, hopefully in the mid-term, operate in Japan,” he said in an interview.

The airline now awaits regulatory approval from the Civil Aeronautics Board to operate chartered flights to Taipei.

To service the routes, Zapanta said his firm is investing about $100,000 per month in lease payments for an Airbus A320.

“Our plan is lease one or two aircraft, [maybe] an Airbus A320, for the Shanghai charter,” he said.

Seair-I started servicing on Tuesday the Clark-Caticlan-Puerto Princesa route, making the carrier the sole operator of the routes. The Clark-Caticlan route will operate five times a week, while the Caticlan-Puerto Princesa route will fly thrice weekly.

Demand, Zapanta said, should shoot up by as much as 400 percent given the summer season.

The firm has been offering passenger charter flights to corporate clients in destinations such as Balesin, Palawan, Boracay and Vigan since 2012.

Zapanta said Seair-I will complement air services with interlining agreement instead of directly competing with airlines working on established routes.

“We will negotiate traffic feeds to and from Qatar Airways, Asiana Airlines, Jin Air and Dragonair in Clark,” the official said. “We are looking to expand interline agreements with other airlines that are interested in expanding their reach through Clark. We will be capitalizing on our many years of experience in the industry, our brand recall and our network of loyal customers and travel agents.”

Seair-I was formed in 2012 after South East Asian Airlines Inc. was sold to Tigerair Philippines. In turn Tigerair Philippines, which kept the company’s corporate name, was bought by Cebu Air Inc. in March for $15 million.

The leisure carrier will operate the Clark-Caticlan-Puerto Princesa route using two 32-seater Dornier 328 planes.

The airline is looking at servicing more routes such as Bantayan, Masbate, Marinduque, Camiguin and Guiuan.


Source: Lorenz S. Marasigan,


Cebu Pacific Flies to Tokyo Narita

Cebu Pacific Air

Cebu Pacific Air launched two new international destinations on March 30, 2014.

The airline became the first Philippine low-cost carrier to operate direct daily flights from Manila to Tokyo (Narita), and four times weekly flights from Manila to Nagoya.

“We are very excited to finally be able to offer Cebu Pacific’s trademark lowest fares to these two new destinations in Japan. With our seat sales, seamless Manila airport terminal connection and extensive network, we hope to stimulate travel and bring Japanese tourists to various destinations in fun Philippines,” said Candice Iyog, CEB VP for marketing and distribution.

“Similarly, we hope these two new destinations will enable many Filipinos to explore Japan for leisure or business travel. Japan is now more accessible and more affordable with Cebu Pacific flights,” she added.

On March 30, 2014, Cebu Pacific Air launched daily services to Tokyo (Narita), utilizing the airline’s brand-new Airbus A320 fleet. The flight departs Manila at 5:25am, arriving in Tokyo at 10:35am. The return flight departs Tokyo at 11:45am, and arrives in Manila at 3:45pm. On the same day, Cebu Pacific Air launched its Manila-Nagoya-Manila service, with a Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday frequency. Departing Manila at 3:20pm, the flight arrives in Nagoya at 8:25pm. The return flight departs Nagoya at 9:10pm, and arrives in Manila at 12:10am the next day.

Aside from Tokyo, Nagoya and Osaka, Cebu Pacific Air offers flights to 21 other international destinations, namely Bali, Bangkok, Beijing, Brunei, Busan, Dubai, Guangzhou, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh, Hong Kong, Incheon (Seoul), Jakarta, Kota Kinabalu, Kuala Lumpur, Macau, Phuket, Shanghai, Siem Reap, Singapore, Taipei and Xiamen. It also operates the most extensive network in the Philippines with destinations such as Boracay, Palawan and Coron.

Cebu Pacific Air’s 51-strong fleet is comprised of 10 Airbus A319, 30 Airbus A320, 3 Airbus A330 and 8 ATR-72 500 aircraft. It is one of the most modern aircraft fleets in the world. Between 2014 and 2021, Cebu Pacific will take delivery of 12 more brand-new Airbus A320, 30 Airbus A321neo, and 3 Airbus A330 aircraft.