Jul 1, 2017

Shell Aviation Expands Refuelling Network in the Philippines

Aviation Updates Philippines - Shell Aviation today announces the expansion of its global refuelling network to Mactan-Cebu International Airport (CEB), the second busiest in the Philippines. Shell Aviation now supplies jet fuel at three of the most important international airports in the country – Manila (MNL), Clark (CRK) and Cebu (CEB).
CELEBRATING 55 YEARS IN THE PHILIPPINES. From left to right: Richard Pereira, GM of Asia Pacific Middle East, Shell Aviation; Cesar Romero, President and CEO of Pilipinas Shell Petroleum Corporation; Albert Tiu, VP of Petrologistics Corporation.
Richard Pereira, General Manager Shell Aviation, Asia Pacific and Middle East, said: “Shell Aviation continues its strategic expansion in key locations with future growth potential like Cebu. We aim to create outstanding value for our customers by delivering world-class aviation fuels and services, safely and on time. Cebu is an exciting addition to our extensive network as we support the progress of the Philippines’ thriving aviation industry.”

Around 8.8 million domestic and international passengers travelled through CEB in 2016, an increase of 13% over 2015.  Shell Aviation customers at CEB will benefit from fuel supply security backed by Shell’s integrated supply chain, with 17 refineries and 10 trading hubs around the world; product quality assurance via Shell’s Fuel Quality Assurance System; professional account management providing a single focal point for fuel requirements across Shell’s global network; and access to local expertise by leveraging Shell's aviation experience in the Philippines.

Albert Tiu, Vice President of Petrologistics Corporation (PLC), Shell Aviation’s into-plane operator at CEBU, said: “As local and international airlines begin to launch new services to and from Cebu and capacity at the airport increases, we are pleased to collaborate with Shell Aviation to help meet customer demands and provide supply security at the airport.”

Shell Aviation has been active in the Philippines for 55 years, supporting the aviation industry within the country as well as serving a variety of airlines in the Philippines through its global network.

PRESS RELEASE FROM ROYAL DUTCH SHELL PLC
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Jun 24, 2017

Philippine Airlines Orders Seven More Bombardier Q400 Aircraft

Aviation Updates Philippines - Bombardier Commercial Aircraft announced today, from the International Paris Air Show, that it has signed an agreement with Philippine Airlines, Inc. for the exercise of its seven Q400 aircraft purchase rights. This latest rights exercise brings Philippine Airlines’ total firm order to twelve Q400 aircraft. The original order for five firm Q400 with purchase rights for an additional seven was previously announced on December 8, 2016.
ADDITIONAL ORDERS. The deal for seven more aircraft is on top of the current agreement for five Q400 signed in December 2016. Photo by Bombardier.
Based on the list price of the Q400 aircraft, the firm order is valued at approximately US $ 235 million.
“The Q400 aircraft have helped airlines around the world expand their networks, and capture new opportunities” said Fred Cromer, President, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft. “We are delighted that Philippine Airlines is growing its fleet with more Q400 aircraft, and are confident that the airline will benefit from the aircraft’s outstanding economics and performance.”
 “As we position ourselves for growth, we are pleased to be adding more Q400 to our fleet,” said Jaime J. Bautista, President & Chief Operating Officer, Philippine Airlines. “We are thrilled about the opportunities that lie ahead, and we look forward to offering more capacity and improving connectivity in the region with comfortable, fast and efficient regional aircraft like Bombardier’s 86-seat turboprops.”
The flag carrier of the Philippines is expected to take delivery of the world’s first dual-class, 86-seat Q400 aircraft in July 2017.

Including this latest order, Bombardier has now recorded a total of 585 Q400 aircraft on firm order.

About Philippine Airlines

Philippine Airlines (PAL) is the flag carrier of the Philippines. Headquartered in Manila, PAL celebrates its 76th anniversary this year as the first commercial airline in Asia. Operating out of its hubs at Ninoy Aquino International Airport of Manila and Mactan-Cebu International Airport of Cebu with a fleet of 81 aircraft, PAL serves 30 destinations in the Philippines and over 45 destinations internationally.

About Bombardier

Bombardier is the world’s leading manufacturer of both planes and trains. Looking far ahead while delivering today, Bombardier is evolving mobility worldwide by answering the call for more efficient, sustainable and enjoyable transportation everywhere. Our vehicles, services and, most of all, our employees are what make us a global leader in transportation.

Bombardier is headquartered in Montréal, Canada. Our shares are traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange (BBD) and we are listed on the Dow Jones Sustainability North America Index. In the fiscal year ended December 31, 2016, we posted revenues of $16.3 billion. News and information are available at bombardier.com or follow us on Twitter @Bombardier.

PRESS RELEASE FROM BOMBARDIER
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Airbus Introduces A380plus

Aviation Updates Philippines - Airbus is presenting a development study for an enhanced A380, the “A380plus”. The study includes aerodynamic improvements in particular new, large winglets and other wing refinements that allow for up to 4% fuel burn savings. Added to an optimised A380 maintenance programme and the enhanced cabin features first shown at Aircraft Interiors Expo (AIX) in April, the overall benefit is a 13% cost per seat reduction versus today’s A380.
WINGLET. The large winglets will enable A380 operators to reduce fuel burn by 4 percent. Photo by Airbus.
John Leahy, Airbus COO Customers, explains: “The A380plus is an efficient way to offer even better economics and improved operational performance at the same time.” John adds: “It is a new step for our iconic aircraft to best serve worldwide fast-growing traffic and the evolving needs of the A380 customers. The A380 is well-proven as the solution to increasing congestion at large airports, and in offering a unique, passenger-preferred experience. ”
The new winglets measure approximately 4,7 metres in height (an uplet of 3.5m, and a downlet of 1,2m). It is designed to improve aerodynamics and reduce drag.

The optimised cabin layout based on the ‘cabin enablers’ presented at Aircraft Interiors Expo (AIX), allows up to 80 additional seats* with no compromise on comfort: redesigned stairs, a combined crew-rest compartment, sidewall stowage removal, a new 9-abreast seat configuration in premium economy and 11-abreast in economy.

The A380plus will have an increased maximum take-off weight (MTOW) of 578 tonnes providing the flexibility of carrying up to 80 more passengers over today’s range (8,200nm), or flying 300nm further.

The A380plus features longer maintenance check intervals, a reduced six-year check downtime, and systems improvements, which will reduce maintenance costs and increase aircraft availability.

The A380 is the world’s largest, most spacious airliner that offers passengers the smoothest, quietest and most comfortable ride. With two full widebody decks, offering widest seats, wide aisles and more floor space, the A380 has the unique capability to generate revenue, stimulate traffic and attract the flying public, who can now specifically select the A380 when booking a flight via the iflyA380.com web site. Over 170 million passengers have already enjoyed the experience of flying on board an A380 today. Every two minutes, an A380 takes off or lands somewhere in the world.

*Note for Editors:

497 passengers is the airline’s average capacity of the A380s currently in operation today – which are consistently attracting above-average passenger load factors. With all A380 cabin enablers, the A380 average seat count would move from 497 to 575 in four classes, and generate significantly more revenue for airlines.

Cabin enablers description

New Forward Stairs – 20 more passengers (Business, Premium Economy & Economy Classes)

The NFS involves relocation of the forward stair from Door 1 to Door 2, and combining the entrance of the NFS to the upper deck (going up), with the adjacent staircase to the lower-deck crew-rest (going down). The NFS would make room for up to 20 additional passengers.

Combined Crew-Rest Compartment (CCRC) – three more passengers (Premium Economy)

For the CCRC, the existing flight-crew-rest (behind the cockpit in the mezzanine area at Door 1) is moved down and combined with the cabin crew rest on the lower deck. This innovation frees space for three extra Premium-Economy passengers at the front of the main-deck.

11-abreast 3-5-3 economy layout on the main-deck – 23 more passengers (Economy Class)

Thanks to an innovative seating concept developed by Airbus and its seating partners, Airbus is able to maintain an 18inch seat-width while offering airlines an 11-abreast Economy Class on the main-deck in a ‘3-5-3’ configuration. This enables an increase in capacity of 23 seats – adding significantly to the A380’s revenue-generating potential.

New Aft-Galley Stair Module (AGSM) – 14 more passengers + two food trolleys

The AGSM involves the redesign of the rear-stair from a spiral configuration to a straight/square one. On the main-deck, this allows valuable storage volume for galley modules. Overall the AGSM provides space for 14 more revenue passengers plus two extra food trolleys.

Upper-deck sidewall stowage removal – 10 more passengers (Business Class)

The option to remove the sidewall stowages on the upper-deck increases the wall-to-wall cabin width at foot-rest height – which makes space for up to 10 more business class seats / beds when an angled herring-bone arrangement is used.

Nine-abreast Premium Economy on the main deck – 11 more passengers (Premium Economy)

The A380’s generous main-deck cross section – significantly wider than any other commercial airliner – is allowing seat manufacturers to optimise their Premium Economy (PE) seat designs to create the industry’s most efficient and comfortable PE layout possible. This layout enables 11 more PE seats than in an eight-abreast layout.
INFOGRAPHIC. Airbus is presenting a development study for an enhanced A380, the "A380plus". 
PRESS RELEASE FROM AIRBUS NEWSROOM
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Jun 10, 2017

Cebu Pacific Orders 7 Airbus A321ceo

Aviation Updates Philippines - Cebu Pacific of the Philippines has placed an order with Airbus for seven A321ceo to meet ongoing strong growth on its domestic and regional network. The latest contract comes on top of an existing order for 32 A321neo. The aircraft will start joining the carrier’s fleet next year.
ADDITIONAL AIRCRAFT. The additon of seven more Airbus A321ceo orders will enable the airline to fly more passengers in Manila's slot-restricted airport. Photo by Airbus.
“We are very excited about adding the A321 to our fleet,” said Lance Gokongwei, Cebu Pacific President and CEO. “The aircraft will enable us to increase capacity on popular routes, while at the same time benefiting from the lowest operating costs in this size category. This will mean more low fares for more customers flying across our domestic and regional network.” 
"We are pleased to sign this additional order with one of the most successful airlines in the Asian region,” said John Leahy, Airbus Chief Operating Officer, Customers. “With the A321 Cebu Pacific will be able to respond to growing demand with the highest levels of efficiency. Carrying more passengers further, and at lower cost, the A321 is the perfect solution to meet the requirements of airlines worldwide in the middle of the market segment.”
Manila-based Cebu Pacific is one of Asia’s leading low cost carriers. Operating domestic, regional and long haul services, the carrier flies to over 60 destinations in Asia, Australia, the Middle East and the USA. The carrier’s in-service Airbus fleet currently comprises 36 A320s and four A319s flying on domestic and regional services, plus eight widebody A330-300s operating on high capacity regional and long haul routes.

The A320 Family is the world’s best-selling single aisle product line. To date, the Family has won over 13,000 orders and more than 7,500 aircraft have been delivered to some 400 customers and operators worldwide. With one aircraft in four sizes (A318, A319, A320 and A321), the A320 Family seats from 100 to 240 passengers. The Family features the widest cabin in the single aisle market with 18” wide seats in Economy as standard.
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Jun 2, 2017

Cebu Pacific Drops Kuwait, Doha, Riyadh Services; Reassigns A330 Flights

Aviation Updates Philippines - Low cost carrier Cebu Pacific Air earlier announced the airline will be dropping its services from Manila to Kuwait, Doha and Riyadh amid tough competition between the big three gulf carriers.
DROPS MIDDLE EAST, REASSIGNS A330. Cebu Pacific will be dropping flights from Manila to Kuwait, Doha and Riyadh. It will reassign its A330 to serve more flights to Hong Kong, Cebu and Davao starting July 4, 2017. Photo by Cebu Pacific Air.
According to a press release, the low cost airline will fly the last of its four-times-a-week service from Manila to Kuwait on June 13, 2017, and its Kuwait-Manila flight on June 14, 2017. The thrice-weekly Manila-Doha-Manila route will have its last flight on July 1, 2017; while CEB's last flight from Manila to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia will depart on July 2, 2017, while the Riyadh-Manila flight will leave on July 3, 2017.

"The entry of Cebu Pacific into these markets benefitted passengers with lower fares and more choices. Of late, other carriers have aggressively added more flights, which has resulted in substantial oversupply of seats and fares that are so low, hence making the routes unsustainable," said Atty JR Mantaring, Vice President for Corporate Affairs of Cebu Pacific. 
"We have to continuously review our routes to ensure their viability.  At this point, it makes more sense for us to re-deploy the aircraft used for our Riyadh, Doha and Kuwait service to routes where we can further stimulate demand and sustain our low fare offers."

However, Cebu Pacific assured it will continue to serve flights to Dubai and as well as Sydney. It stated that there is a possibility of increasing flights to these destinations in the future. The airline also flies to 24 other international destinations across Asia and USA; as well as 37 domestic destinations.

For affected passengers, Cebu Pacific offered options of rebooking to other airlines, full refund or placing the full value of the ticket in a travel fund for future use.

A330s to be reassigned

After dropping its services to the middle east, the airline will reassign its Airbus A330-300 aircraft to ply the airline's top destinations. In a press release, Cebu Pacific said it will increase frequency and capacity of flights to Hong Kong, Cebu and Davao offering 59 percent more seats. 

Several flights will be upgraded from the 180-seat Airbus A320-200 aircraft to its 436-seat Airbus A330-300 aircraft in the second quarter of the year. 

"Starting July 4, 2017, CEB will be increasing frequency of its Manila-Hong Kong route by 50%, resulting in thrice-a-day flights, or a total of 21 flights a week, from the current twice-a-day. CEB will also use the A330s to fly between Manila and Cebu three-times daily, or 21 times a week; while the Davao hub will get a boost with two additional daily flights to and from Manila, bringing frequency to four times daily, or 28 weekly flights. The upgrade from a 180-seater A320 to a 436-seater A330 makes available an additional 256 seats for each flight, or 59% more capacity," the airline said. 
"More seats and more flights in high-demand destinations will help lower fares for everyJuan. Moreover, using larger aircraft will make flying more efficient, freeing-up some aircraft and slots at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport. This will also enable us to increase capacity and frequency for other routes moving forward," said Atty JR Mantaring, Cebu Pacific Vice President for Corporate Affairs.

Cebu Pacific recently announced it will add five new routes connecting Visayas and Mindanao scheduled to take flight in July. Cebu to Masbate, Cagayan de Oro to Zamboanga, Davao to Dumaguete and Tacloban, and Zamboanga to Cotabato will be operated by an ATR 72-500/600 aircraft from Cebgo. 

CEB boasts of one of the youngest fleets in the world, with an average aircraft age of 4.99 years. The carrier's now 61-strong fleet is comprised of four Airbus A319, 36 Airbus A320, eight Airbus A330, eight ATR 72-500, and five ATR 72-600 aircraft. Between 2017 and 2021, CEB expects delivery of 32 Airbus A321neo, and 11 ATR 72-600 aircraft.  
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May 30, 2017

Cebu Pacific Launches 5 New VisMin Routes

Aviation Updates Philippines - The Philippines' leading airline, Cebu Pacific (PSE: CEB), adds five new routes to its inter-regional network, connecting more islands from Mindanao to Visayas to the rest of the archipelago.  The new routes stem from requests from stakeholders, particularly in Mindanao, to improve connectivity of key cities.
VISMIN NETWORK EXPANSION. These new routes will connect more points in Visayas and Mindanao. The announcement came a week after President Rodrigo Duterte declared Martial Law in the Mindanao group of islands. Photo by Cebu Pacific. 
Starting July 26, 2017, CEB wholly-owned subsidiary Cebgo will fly three times weekly (Monday, Wednesday, and Friday) between Cebu and Masbate, Davao and Dumaguete, and Zamboanga and Cotabato. Cebgo will also begin flying four times a week (Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Saturday) between Cagayan de Oro and Zamboanga, and Davao and Tacloban on July 27, 2017. The new routes will be serviced by the Cebgo fleet of ATR aircraft.

"Cebu Pacific is very pleased to continue to help promote domestic and international tourism and a logistics enabler to move goods across the country. As we expand into new routes and destinations across the Philippine archipelago, we are committed to being a partner in spurring trade and tourism; helping pump-prime the local economy and providing everyJuan with more travel options with year-round affordable fares," said Alexander Lao, President and CEO of Cebgo.

CEB offers its lowest all-in one way year-round fare from Cebu to Masbate at Php1,758; from Cagayan de Oro to Zamboanga at Php1,906; from Davao to Dumaguete at Php2,590 and Davao to Tacloban at Php 2,142; and Zamboanga to Cotabato at Php1,806.

"Travelling across the Philippines is easier and more convenient for everyJuan. To get from the Visayas to Mindanao and back, travellers now have more choices and need not pass through larger airports in Metro Manila or even Cebu."

Year-to-date, Cebu Pacific has launched commercial operations of eight (8) new routes: Manila-Masbate; Manila and Tablas, Romblon; between Cagayan de Oro and Tagbilaran; to and from Cagayan de Oro and Bacolod; Cebu-Cotabato; Cebu-Busuanga (Coron); Clark-Busuanga (Coron); and Clark-Caticlan (Boracay).

Aside from its Cebu and Davao hubs, CEB also operates flights out of four other strategically placed hubs in the country: Manila, Clark, Kalibo, and Iloilo. CEB enhances inter-island connectivity within the country and across the globe with its 66 destinations with over 100 routes, spanning Asia, Australia, the Middle East, and USA.

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.

Its wholly-owned subsidiary, Cebgo, currently offers flights to 27 Philippine destinations utilizing an exclusive fleet of eight ATR 72-500 aircraft, and five ATR 72-600 aircraft. Cebgo has two strategic hubs in the Philippines namely, the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 4 in Manila, and Mactan Cebu International Airport (MCIA) in Cebu.

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