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A330-300 CEBU MSN1420 TAKE OFF

Cebu Pacific, the listed aviation unit of taipan John Gokongwei, has beefed up its fleet, allowing it to fly international routes.

Last May 18, the carrier took delivery of the second of three Airbus A330 aircraft it will receive this year, while another one is due in August 2014.

By end of 2014, the airline will utilize five wide-body Airbus A330 aircraft for its long-haul operations.

With this delivery, CEB now operates a fleet of 52 aircraft comprised of 10 Airbus A319, 30 Airbus A320, 4 Airbus A330 and 8 ATR-72 500 aircraft.

Between 2014 and 2021, Cebu Pacific will take delivery of 11 more Airbus A320, 30 Airbus A321neo, and 2 Airbus A330 aircraft.

Cebu Air Inc., one of the largest carriers in the Philippine air transportation industry, offers low-cost services to  destinations and routes with high flight frequency within the Philippines.

It entered the aviation industry on March 1996 and pioneered the “low fare, great value” strategy. It has since then flown over 80 million passengers and counting.

CEB also operates flights to 24 cities in 13 countries in North Asia, ASEAN and the Middle East.

Cebu Pacific’s recent acquisition of Singapore’s low-cost Tigerair created the largest low-cost network to and from the Philippines.

The alliance allows both airlines to leverage on each other’s extensive route networks, flight frequencies and customer service, providing customers an even wider range of travel options at the lowest fares possible.

CEB has one of the most modern aircraft fleets in the world.

Between 2014 and 2021, Cebu Pacific will take delivery of 12 more Airbus A320 and 30 Airbus A321 aircraft orders.

It began long-haul services in the 3rd quarter of 2013, and expects the arrival of  three more Airbus A330 aircraft from 2014 to 2015.

CEB is also the dominant air cargo carrier in the Philippines, providing  competitive and flexible air cargo services to a network of individual shippers and cargo agents.

Us Upgrades Ph Aviation Status

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PAL (Philippine Airlines) president Ramon S. Ang commended the Civil Aviation Authority of the Phils (CAAP) on receiving a Category 1 status from the US Federal Aviation Administration. The PAL head considers this major achievement for the Philippine aviation industry. “This will no doubt boost our country’s travel and tourism sectors and the economy in general,”says Ang.

With this upgrade, the Philippines now joins the ranks of the important aviation nations in the world made up of 79 countries that meet the US safety standards. According to Ang, this means that country is definitely back on the global aviation map. The Philippines used to be on the Category 2 blacklist for six years when it failed to comply with international flight safety standards in the past.

Ang says that it is great news for Philippine Airlines, as this means that it can immediately deliver the kind of flight experience that customers would be eager to try, repeat and share via the new, state-of-the-art Boeing 777-300 ERs that will be deployed for the flag carrier’s non-stop flights to Los Angeles and San Francisco. He says that PAL can finally be able to execute on future plans to expand its route network in the US, one of PAL’s biggest passenger markets.

Without a doubt, this upgrade ushers in a new chapter in the flag carrier’s trans-pacific service. “We look forward to serving our customers and kababayans both here and in the United States, and providing to them the trademark warmth and hospitality that PAL has always been known for,” the airline president says.