LEADING budget carrier Cebu Pacific may now launch new long-haul flights after the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) awarded it an extended diversion time operations (EDTO), which refers to a set of rules introduced by the International Civil Aviation Organization (Icao) for airlines operating twin-engine aircraft on routes beyond 60 minutes flying time from the nearest airport of up to 120 minutes.
Cebu Pacific bags CAAP certificate for extended range ops
In order to secure the certification, Cebu Pacific submitted to a comprehensive review of systems by the safety regulator, which checked the airline’s compliance with additional special engineering and flight crew procedures in addition to the normal engineering and flight procedures.
Cebu Pacific pilots and engineering staff are now qualified and trained for EDTO.
“Cebu Pacific’s EDTO 120 certification allows us to serve new long haul markets with a more direct route between airports. This means considerable fuel savings, and the most optimal flight times for our passengers. With the certification, we can continue to offer the fastest, most affordable flights for all our customers,” Alex Reyes, Cebu Pacific General Manager for Long Haul Division, said.
Cebu Pacific also took delivery of its 6th brand-new Airbus A330 which arrived at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) last month. The wide-body aircraft is third of five brand-new Airbus aircraft the airline is set to receive this year.
The budget airline currently operates a fleet of 55 aircraft comprised of 10 Airbus A319, 31 Airbus A320, six Airbus A330 and eight ATR 72-500 aircraft. Cebu Pacific will take delivery of seven more brand-new Airbus A320 and 30 Airbus A321neo aircraft.
The company operates an extensive route network, serving 57 domestic routes and 37 international routes with a total of 2,652 scheduled weekly flights. It operates from seven hubs, including the NAIA Terminal 3 and Terminal 4; Mactan-Cebu International Airport; Diosdado Macapagal International Airport in Clark, Pampanga; Davao International Airport; Ilo-ilo International Airport; and Kalibo International Airport in Aklan.