Oct 21, 2017

Philippine Airlines to open Cebu-Bangkok service in December

Aviation Updates Philippines - Amidst public demand for direct non-stop flights from Asian destinations to Central Visayas, Philippine Airlines will be opening a thrice weekly Cebu-Bangkok-Cebu service starting December 2, 2017.
DIRECT TO BANGKOK. Philippine Airlines will inaugurate its direct Cebu to Bangkok service on December 2, 2017 on-board an Airbus A321 aircraft. Photo by Dirk Salcedo - PPSG/AUP.
The new flights will serve the route utilizing PAL's 199-seater Airbus A321 which offers Business, Premium Economy and Economy classes of service.

Free baggage allowance, Wi-Fi connectivity, inflight entertainment and new inflight meals are among the offerings passengers will enjoy on board the 3.45 hour journey.

PR578 (CEB-BKK) departs Mactan, Cebu at 9:25PM every Tuesday/Thursday/Saturday and arrives in Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi Airport at 12:10AM local time. Return flight PR579 (BKK-CEB) leaves Bangkok at 1:30AM local time every Wednesday/Friday/Sunday and touches down at 6:15AM.

Travelers from Thailand now gain a convenient direct link to 'The Queen City of the South' and can connect to any of the following domestic destinations PAL flies to from Cebu, namely: Bacolod, Busuanga, Butuan, Cagayan, Caticlan, Davao, Camiguin, General Santos, Iloilo, Kalibo, Legaspi, Ozamiz, Puerto Princesa, Siargao and Tacloban. From Cebu, visitors may also take PAL flights to Tokyo, Nagoya, Osaka, Seoul (Incheon), Singapore, Chengdu and Beijing (Peking).

Cebu Pacific makes Laguindingan Airport its 7th PH hub

Aviation Updates Philippines - The Philippines' leading airline, Cebu Pacific (PSE: CEB) strengthens its domestic route network and air connections to and from Mindanao with the designation of the Laguindingan Airport as its seventh hub in the country. CEB also launched two new routes that link Northern Mindanao to Caticlan (Boracay) and Dumaguete City.

LAUNCH OF CGY HUB. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte graces the launch of Cebu Pacific's Laguindingan Airport hub on Friday, October 20, 2017 in Misamis Oriental. Photo by PCOO.

Cagayan de Oro was among the first domestic destinations launched by Cebu Pacific when it started operations in 1996. Today, the CEB network, including inter-island routes of subsidiary Cebgo, boasts of a total of nine connections to and from the Laguindingan Airport—Manila, Bacolod, Caticlan, Cebu, Dumaguete, Iloilo, Tagbilaran, Davao and Zamboanga.

"What was originally the 4th destination launched back in 1996, is now a hub. It follows the path of Manila, Cebu and Iloilo, also hubs. Today is a testament to our long-standing commitment to contribute to nation-building, and make air travel more accessible to Filipinos. We look forward to the effect our low fares and direct flights will have on Northern Mindanao," said Lance Gokongwei, President and CEO of Cebu Pacific.

Located in Misamis Oriental province, Laguindingan Airport serves the gateway to Northern Mindanao, catering Cagayan de Oro City and neighboring areas, including Iligan City, Marawi City, and Bukidnon province. The airport complex currently has a 7,200 square meter passenger terminal and a 2,100 meter runway, capable of four takeoffs and landings per hour. Since it opened in 2013, the airport has become the sixth-busiest in the country, serving over 1.7-million passengers per year.

The expansion of the CEB domestic route network will also increase the carrier's capacity and reach for cargo service. This will mean faster and more efficient movement of goods across the country.

Cebu Pacific also marked another milestone—its 150 millionth passenger, after 21 years of operations. CEB aims to carry 20 million passengers in 2017. From January to June 2017, the carrier has flown 10.09 million passengers.

The Cebu Pacific route network now has 25 international and 37 domestic destinations. Its fleet of aircraft includes one Airbus A319, 35 Airbus A320 and eight Airbus A330s; while the Cebgo fleet is composed of eight ATR 72-500 and seven ATR 72-600 aircraft. Between 2017 and 2022, CEB expects delivery of 7 more brand-new Airbus A321ceo and 32 Airbus A321neo aircraft.

About Cebu Pacific (Cebu Air Inc.) (PSE: CEB)

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.

For bookings and inquiries, guests can visit www.cebupacificair.com or call the reservation hotlines (+632)7020-888 or (+6332)230-8888. The latest seat sales can be found on CEB's official Twitter (@CebuPacificAir) and Facebook pages.

Guests may also download the Cebu Pacific official mobile app on the App Store and Google Play.


Oct 16, 2017

Cebu Pacific Aircraft Removed in Iloilo; Airport to Reopen Soon

Aviation Updates Philippines - The disabled aircraft of Cebu Pacific Air at the Iloilo International Airport has already been removed, according to a new advisory released by the airline.
AIRCRAFT RECOVERED. RP-C3237 is removed from the muddy area in Iloilo. Flight operations is set to resume soon. Photo by CAAP.
Experts from the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines and the Manila International Airport Authority are working together with Cebu Pacific to completely clear up the runway from any foreign objects.

With this, it is expected that operations at Iloilo Airport will resume normally soon. In line with the clearing operations, the low-cost airline additionally cancelled four more flights:

  • 5J451/452 Manila-Iloilo-Manila
  • 5J348/347 Davao-Iloilo-Davao
  • DG6408/6409 Cebu-Iloilo-Cebu
  • 5J261 Iloilo-Puerto Princesa

Cebu Pacific flight 5J461 veered off the runway upon landing on Friday evening, October 13. An emergency evacuation was performed by the crew and all of its 180 passengers safely deplaned the aircraft. Authorities received them upon disembarkation and sent them to the airport terminal via vans.

A passenger narrated that he felt the aircraft bounced thrice upon touchdown. Passengers of the flight felt a great force enough to bump their heads into the seats in front of them.

The aircraft received substantial damage after it stopped in soft ground beside the runway. The nose landing gear collapsed making it hard for experts to remove the aircraft.

Due to the closure of the airport, several flights have been delayed and diverted. Many passengers were affected by the closure. However, Cebu Pacific mounted recovery flights to Roxas Airport in order to pick up stranded passengers in Iloilo. The airline provided free land transfer between Roxas and Iloilo.

Oct 14, 2017

Cebu Pacific Flight 5J461 Veers Off Runway in Iloilo

Aviation Updates Philippines - An Airbus A320 of Cebu Pacific Air, registered RP-C3237, veered off Runway 20 in Iloilo at approximately 10:58 PM local time. The flight, carrying 180 passengers on-board performed an emergency evacuation and came out safely with no injuries reported during the mishap.
Cebu Pacific's Airbus A320 aircraft after the incident last night. Photo by ABS-CBN News.
The aircraft suffered substantial damage. It was reported by local journalists that the wings broke off from the aircraft; however, based from latest images, it is safe to assume it did not. The nose landing gear snapped after it rolled through soft spots near the runway.
FRIDAY THE 13TH MISHAP. Flight 5J461 came to a stop on soft ground after the landing. Photo by Loui Latoza.
A passenger on-board, Jello Nabong, narrated his experience on Facebook where he stated that the rest of the flight was shaky and turbulent, a normal occurrence during rainy weather. It was on touchdown when he felt the aircraft bounced thrice with great force enough to bump their heads to the seats in front of them.

He lauded the airline's response in the incident. The passengers of the flight were transported to the terminal via vans.

The incident severely affected flight operations in Iloilo where it had to cancel all of its flights due to the closure of its single runway. It is unlikely that the runway will open anytime soon. According to latest announcements, the airport is scheduled to reopen on October 16 at 9 AM local time after the recovery efforts are to be completed.
RECOVERY OPS. Aviation experts from the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines and Manila International Airport Authority join Cebu Pacific to quicken the removal of the disabled Airbus A320 jet. Photo by Rappler.
The disabled aircraft has not yet been removed from the runway as of writing. Investigation of the site is still on-going. After the analysis of the incident, the aircraft will most likely be repaired and returned to service in a few months.
EMERGENCY EVACUATION. Authorities help in the evacuation of passengers during the incident. Photo by Loui Latoza.
"Cebu Pacific is working with the authorities to investigate the incident and expedite the re-opening of the airport runway," the airline said in a statement midnight.

In a post on Facebook, the airline said it is working with the authorities to re-open the runway as soon as possible but as a consequence of the expected duration of the closure, the following flights are cancelled:


Oct. 13, 2017

  • 5J 467 Manila-Iloilo

Oct. 14, 2017 

  • 5J 468 Iloilo-Manila 
  • 5J 449/450 Manila-Iloilo-Manila
  • 5J 451/452 Manila-Iloilo-Manila
  • 5J 453/454 Manila-Iloilo-Manila
  • 5J 721/720 Iloilo-Davao-Iloilo 
  • 5J 255/256 Iloilo-Singapore-Iloilo 
  • DG 6408/6409 Cebu-Iloilo-Cebu
  • 5J 447/448 Manila-Iloilo-Manila
  • 5J 467 Manila-Iloilo 
  • 5J 457/458 Manila-Iloilo-Manila
  • 5J247/248 Iloilo-General Santos-Iloilo
  • 5J165 Iloilo-Cebu

Oct. 15, 2017 

  • 5J451/452 Manila-Iloilo-Manila
  • 5J453/454 Manila-Iloilo-Manila
  • 5J457/458 Manila-Iloilo-Manila
  • 5J468 Iloilo-Manila
  • 5J348/347 Davao-Iloilo-Davao
  • DG6408/6409 Cebu-Iloilo-Cebu
  • 5J462 Iloilo-Manila
  • 5J461 Manila-Iloilo
  • 5J164 Cebu-Iloilo
  • 5J467 Manila-Iloilo

Oct. 16, 2017

  • 5J468 Iloilo-Manila
  • 5J242/243 Iloilo-Hong Kong-Iloilo


Oct. 15, 2017

  • PR 2139/2140 Manila-Iloilo-Manila
  • PR 2141/2142 Manila-Iloilo-Manila
  • PR 2143/2144 Manila-Iloilo-Manila
  • PR 2145/2146 Manila-Iloilo-Manila
  • PR 2892/2891 General Santos-Iloilo-General Santos
  • PR 2386/2387 Cebu-Iloilo-Cebu

Oct. 16, 2017

  • PR 2139/2140 Manila-Iloilo-Manila
  • PR 2141/2142 Manila-Iloilo-Manila
  • PR 2380/2381 Cebu-Iloilo-Manila


Oct. 15, 2017

  • Z2 306/307 Manila-Iloilo-Manila
  • Z2 309/310 Manila-Iloilo-Manila
  • Z2 315/316 Manila-Iloilo-Manila

Oct. 16, 2017

  • Z2 306/307 Manila-Iloilo-Manila

The low-cost airline assured passengers who are affected by this incident may rebook their flights for travel within 30 days from original departure date; reroute to alternate stations - Roxas, Bacolod or Kalibo for domestic flights; Cebu or Manila for the flights to and from Singapore; or opt for full refund or travel fund.

Cebu Pacific assured all its passengers will be entitled to only one free-one way travel voucher.

"We sincerely apologize to all our guests on these affected flights, as well as all other passengers affected by the runway closure, for the inconvenience this incident has caused, and appeal for your patience and understanding," Cebu Pacific said in a press release.

Guests of other airlines may call their airline's customer service hotlines for the confirmation of their flight details. Rebooking of affected flight itineraries will also be welcomed.

Additionally, Cebu Pacific has mounted several recovery flights for affected passengers in Iloilo. Guests may contact the airline's customer service agents to reroute them to Roxas City - a mere three-hour bus ride to Iloilo.

Affected passengers may avail of the Cebu Pacific's free shuttle service/land transfer from Iloilo City to Roxas City and vice versa.

Meanwhile, technical experts from the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines and the Manila International Airport Authority have joined Cebu Pacific to expedite the removal of the disabled aircraft. Amidst its efforts to quicken the re-opening of the airport, unfavorable weather in Iloilo hindered the recovery.

Is it really a Friday the 13th for the airline?

It is such an unfortunate incident for the airline due to the fact that it is one of the threatening and costly incidents since the crash of flight 5J387 in 1998.

However, a quite similar incident also occurred on the evening of June 2, 2013 where an Airbus A320 (registered RP-C3266) veered off Runway 23 in Davao amid challenging weather caused by heavy rain and thunderstorms. 
SIMILAR INCIDENT. On June 2, 2013, flight 5J971 overshot Runway 23 in Davao. Photo by Laiza Dale A. Lacida - Rappler.
It was only after fifteen minutes when the crew deployed the left-hand side emergency exit. Accounts from passengers also reveal emergency services were not readily available after the mishap. No buses were deployed to extract the passengers from the aircraft to the terminal. Davao's Central 911 rescue units were allegedly not permitted to enter the area. Passengers also complained about the poor customer service after arriving at the terminal where no staff greeted them.

Nevertheless, passengers were given incentives from the airline as a token of apology.

Since this incident, Cebu Pacific already adjusted and revised some of its operational procedures as recommended in a report by the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines. 

In spite of that, flying on an airplane is still one of the safest modes of transportation in the world. Driving is even more dangerous with more than 5 million accidents while air travel is only at 20 accidents.

Data shared by Metro.co.uk showed that as a car passenger, you have a 1 in 624 chance of dying. However, if you are travelling by plane, you are most likely to have a 1 in 9,821 chance of dying. You also have a higher chance of death when travelling on a boat and a train.
FLYING IS STILL THE SAFEST. Graph from City A.M. shows flying is still the safest way of transportation.
This is an indication that passengers should not lose trust in modern aircraft. Airliners of today are already equipped with state-of-the-art equipment. Safety ratings improved hugely since the first flight a century ago. With this, aviation is one of the most successful modes of transportation coupled with unending innovations to make things safer and more efficient.

Sep 21, 2017

Cebu Pacific-First Philippine Carrier to Fly Out of the New Changi Airport Terminal 4

Aviation Updates Philippines - ​First flight from Manila scheduled to land in Singapore's brand-new passenger terminal on 2 November
THE BRAND NEW CHANGI AIRORT TERMINAL 4. Changi Airport Terminal 4 Departure Hall by day.
The Philippines' leading carrier Cebu Pacific (PSE: CEB) announced details of its first flights from Manila to Singapore's new Terminal 4 (T4) at Changi Airport, as well as its last flights to its current base in Terminal 2. Come November, Cebu Pacific will be the first airline from the Philippines to operate to and from T4.

Flights on Nov. 02, 2017FlightSchedule
Last flights at T2
Manila – Singapore
2320H – 0300H (+1)

0400H – 0750H
First flights at T4
Manila – Singapore
0530H – 0915H

1035H – 1430H

The opening of T4 in late-October is highly-anticipated and will add a capacity of 16 million passengers per annum to Changi Airport, bringing the airport's total annual handling capacity to 82 million passenger movements. More than 200,000 Singaporeans had registered to tour the new terminal over two weeks in August, which showcased T4's innovations in enhancing operational efficiencies and productivity, in addition to the terminal's many unique features and booth displays by the nine airlines moving into T4, including Cebu Pacific.

"We are proud to be the first airline from the Philippines to operate from this world-class passenger terminal, enabling everyone traveling with CEB through Singapore to experience a new level of comfort and efficiency. We will bring with us a treasure trove of memories from our previous home in T2, and look forward to re-connecting with old friends – and making new ones," said Atty JR Mantaring, Vice President for Corporate Affairs of Cebu Pacific.

Cebu Pacific flies three times daily between Manila and Singapore; 12 times weekly to and from Cebu and Clark, Pampanga; twice a week from Davao and Iloilo.

About Cebu Air Inc. (PSE: CEB)

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.

For bookings and inquiries, guests can visit www.cebupacificair.com or call the reservation hotlines (+632)7020-888 or (+6332)230-8888. The latest seat sales can be found on CEB's official Twitter (@CebuPacificAir) and Facebook pages.

Guests may also download the Cebu Pacific official mobile app on the App Store and Google Play.

PAL Accepts Delivery of 2nd Bombardier Q400 Next Gen Aircraft

Aviation Updates Philippines - Philippine Airlines' second bi-class next generation Bombardier Q400 touched down in Manila recently after traveling approximately 11,400 nautical miles from Toronto to Manila with nine stop-overs.
NEXT GENERATION AIRCRAFT. PAL Express received its second brand new Bombardier Dash 8 Q400NextGen aircraft. This new aircraft will be utilized to ply inter-island domestic routes in the country. Photo by Philippine Airlines.
The newest member of the PAL family brings to 83 the total number of planes on the airline's fleet.

The 86-seater plane, to be utilized for select intra-domestic routes, departed from Toronto and made technical stops in Newfoundland (Canada), Lebourget (France), Malta, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, Pakistan, India, Bangladesh and Thailand before landing in Manila.

In command of the aircraft were Captain Ryan Buhawe and Captain Melvin Olazo. Completing the flight deck roster were Crew Chief Moises Menor, First Officer Jeffrey Royce Panit, aircraft mechanics Jayson Gregorio and Willy Caducio,

An aircraft blessing was likewise held with PALex President Bonifacio Sam in attendance, together with PAL VP for Security Gen. Ronnie Ordoyo, PALex VP for Flight Crew Operations Edgardo Diaz, PALex AVP for Commercial Group Rabbi Vincent Ang, Bombardier Area Field Service Representative Rajeev Sharma, PALex AVP for Maintenance & Engineering Johnny Contreras, PALex Material Planning Manager Jesus Ceasar Filomeno and Bombardier Area Field Service Representative Willy Furqa.

PAL and Bombardier have earlier signed an agreement in the Paris Air Show for the purchase of 12 Next Gen Q4s; the remaining 10 units of which will be delivered within 2017 - 2019.

Fleet modernization, together with flight route network expansion and service innovation, is a priority area of the PAL Group as the airline aims to achieve five star ratings and be the airline of choice in all markets it serves.

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