Showing posts with label Cebgo. Show all posts
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Monday, October 5, 2015

Cebgo Becomes Domestic Turbo-Prop Carrier, Cebu Pacific Goes All-Jet

After its rebranding from Tigerair Philippines earlier this year, Cebgo, a subsidiary of Cebu Pacific, has terminated all jet operations as it transforms into a domestic turbo-prop carrier based at Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 4.

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In a report released by CH Aviation, Cebgo ceased jet operations following the return of its last remaining A320-200 aircraft. The jet registered, RP-C3270, was returned to Cebu Pacific last week. Cebu Pacific began transferring its ATR 72-500 fleet to Cebgo on September 25 with up to eight aircraft expected to be transferred by the end of October.

Cebu Pacific is expected to operate its last turbo-prop flight in October. Once all ATR aircraft are transferred to Cebgo, Cebu Pacific will become an all-jet carrier operating a fleet of Airbus A320 and A330 family aircraft.

According to AirlineRoute.net, nineteen ATR-operated domestic routes will be transferred to Cebgo including the following:

  • Manila to Busuanga effective September 25 (21 weekly)
  • Manila to Caticlan effective September 25 (55 weekly)
  • Manila to Naga effective September 25 (11 weekly)
  • Manila to Laoag effective October 1 (1 daily)
  • Cebu to Caticlan effective October 1 (20 weekly)
  • Cebu to Dipolog effective October 6 (7 weekly)
  • Cebu to Siargao effective October 6 (1 daily)
  • Cebu to Tacloban effective October 6 (21 weekly)
  • Cebu to Camiguin effective October 7 (5 weekly)
  • Cebu to Tandag effective October 7 (3 weekly)
  • Cebu to Butuan effective October 8 (7 weekly)
  • Cebu to Dumaguete effective October 8 (7 weekly)
  • Cebu to Iloilo effective October 8 (9 weekly)
  • Cebu to Legazpi effective October 8 (4 weekly)
  • Cebu to Ozamiz effective October 8 (5 weekly)
  • Cebu to Pagadian effective October 8 (7 weekly)
  • Cebu to Surigao effective October 8 (11 weekly)
  • Davao to Cagayan de Oro effective October 8 (10 weekly)
  • Cebu to Bacolod effective October 26 (7 weekly)
Turbo-prop flights departing or arriving at Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila will now operate from Terminal 4. Last June, Cebu Pacific placed an order for sixteen ATR 72-600 aircraft in an effort to boost the carrier's inter-island operations. However, it remains unclear whether the new aircraft will be operated by Cebu Pacific or by Cebgo.

Cebu Pacific rebranded Tigerair Philippines as Cebgo earlier this year to better reflect the budget carrier's relationship with its parent company. According to Cebgo CEO Michael Shau, the new brand clearly identifies the low cost carrier as part of the Cebu Pacific Group. 

Cebgo flight and ground crew are now wearing Cebgo uniforms as the two companies streamline operations. In addition, crew are now playing fun games aboard all Cebgo flights to remain consistent with the Cebu Pacific flight experience.

According to the Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation, Cebu Pacific Group now controls 60% of the Philippine domestic market compared to less than 30 percent ten years ago. The company's acquisition of Tigerair Philippines has proven to be a success based on the quick turn around of the carrier and the continued growth of its domestic market share.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

NAIA Terminal 4 is Now Officially A Domestic Airport

AirAsia Zest and Cebgo completed the transfer of select international and domestic Airbus flights from Terminal 4 to Terminal 3 at Ninoy Aquino International Airport this past weekend. The transfer, which now leaves Terminal 4 as an all-domestic airport, was designed to improve runway utilization at the airport.
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The transfer of flights involved moving larger aircraft operating from Terminal 4 to Terminal 3, while smaller aircraft transferred to Terminal 4. As of Saturday, August 15, all international services operated by AirAsia Zest transferred to Terminal 3. This includes AirAsia flights to Shanghai and Kuala Lumpur. Twenty-four Cebgo flights, which serve domestic destinations utilizing Airbus aircraft have also transferred to Terminal 3. This includes flights bound for Bacolod, Butuan, Cebu, Cagayan de Oro, Davao, General Santos, Iloilo, Kalibo, Legazpi, Puerto Princesa, Roxas, Tacloban, and Tagbilaran. Meanwhile, twenty Cebu Pacific turbo-prop flights will transfer from Terminal 3 to Terminal 4. This includes flights bound for Busuanga, Caticlan, Laoag, and Naga City.

According to Jose Honrado, General Manager of the Manila International Airport Authority, the reactivation of NAIA's secondary runway 13/31 prompted the relocation of flights. The activation of the second runway will enable flight movements to take place concurrently on both runways, which will result in improved runway utilization. In addition, new information markers have been installed on the secondary runway.

Monday, August 10, 2015

Cebu Pacific and AirAsia Zest Transfer Selected Flights

Following the reactivation of Runway 31 to Airbus A320 flights at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), terminal reassignments are expected to happen, especially for flights involving Cebu Pacific subsidiary Cebgo, and AirAsia Zest.

Copyright Photo: Angelo Agcamaran/PPSG

Effective August 15, Terminal 4 becomes a completely domestic terminal again.  It was previously a domestic terminal until a few years ago when AirAsia Zest, then operating as Zest Air, mounted international flights.  Cebgo, previously known as Tigerair Philippines, also operated international flights out of the terminal.  Terminal 4 will particularly house all Cebu Pacific flights between Manila and Busuanga, Caticlan, Laoag and Naga.  Selected Cebu Pacific flights between Manila and Kalibo (5J337/338/345/346), Cebu (especially 5J556/557 on Wednesday and Saturdays) will also make their way to Terminal 4.  These are flights that Cebu Pacific operate with an ATR series aircraft.

Copyright Photo: Angelo Agcamaran/PPSG


Likewise, Cebgo flights operated by an Airbus A320 will transfer to Terminal 3.  AirAsia Zest flights to Shanghai and Kuala Lumpur will also operate out of Terminal 3.

NAIA General Manager Jose Angel Honrado says that the transfer is made to increase the utilisation of appropriate runways at NAIA as well as decongest traffic at the airport.

Source: MIAA Facebook Page

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Cebu Pacific Rebrands Tigerair Philippines as Cebgo

Cebu Pacific, parent company and owner of Tigerair Philippines, has announced that its wholly owned subsidiary has been rebranded and will begin operating as Cebgo. According to airline officials, the rebranding was designed to better reflect the relationship between the two companies.

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"The new Cebgo brand clearly identifies us as part of the Cebu Pacific group, and streamlines our operations further," said Michael Ivan Shau, President & CEO of Cebgo. "Cebgo will continue to leverage on Cebu Pacific's distribution channels and network, and work together to serve more guests."

The new branding utilizes Cebu Pacific colours, further aligning the two carriers as one. In addition, cabin crew have begun playing "Fun Games" on board Cebgo aircraft - a tradition that is standard aboard Cebu Pacific aircraft. Airline staff will also be switching to Cebgo uniforms within the next few months. It remains unclear if any aircraft will be repainted.

Cebu Pacific acquired Tigerair Philippines in March 2014 after years of losses at the fledgling carrier. Since obtaining control of the carrier, Cebu Pacific Group has been able to quickly turn the carrier around, narrowing financial losses considerably. Aircraft utilization has also improved with ten new routes being launched and operated by the subsidiary carrier. 

Cebgo will continue to operate flights from Terminal 4 at Ninoy Aquino International Airport. It currently offers service to sixteen cities including Bacolod, Butuan, Cagayan de Oro, Clark, Cebu, Davao, General Santos, Iloilo, Kalibo, Legazpi, Manila, Roxas, Puerto Princesa, Tacloban, Tagbilaran, and Hong Kong. In 2014, Cebgo carried 1.3 million domestic passengers. 

It remains unclear to what extent Cebu Pacific Group will continue working with the Singapore-based Tigerair Group. Last year, the two groups formed a strategic relationship, which involved joint operation of routes between Singapore and the Philippines, combined selling of routes through code-sharing and interline agreements, and a branded partnership in marketing communication materials.

Since its acquisition of Tigerair Philippines, Cebu Pacific Group has managed to acquire a dominant 60% share of the Philippine domestic air travel market. It is believed that Tigerair Philippines, now operating as Cebgo, will turn its first profit in 2015 as Cebu Pacific continues to reduce the carrier's costs, which are still not completely in line with Cebu Pacific's bottom line. In 2014, Tigerair Philippines accounted for 5 percent of Cebu Pacific's revenue. 

Acquiring Tigerair Philippines gave Cebu Pacific access to much needed slots at Ninoy Aquino International Airport, which has enabled Cebu Pacific to increase frequency on domestic routes, and grow market share. Most recently, two new routes were launched in March 2015, which are now being operated by Cebgo - Manila to Legazpi and Cebu to Puerto Princesa. Cebu Pacific also operates these routes in conjunction with Cebgo as it does many other routes in the subsidiary's network. 

Further growth at Cebgo remains unlikely as Cebu Pacific has now boosted aircraft utilization rates and is now using all of the carrier's slots in Manila. According to the Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation, the outlook for Cebu Pacific Group's domestic operations is bright as market conditions remain favourable. At this point, there seems to be minimal risk of anything eroding Cebu Pacific's dominant domestic position as competing budget carrier, AirAsia Philippines concentrates on the international market. 

Tigerair Philippines, formerly known as SEAir, was partially acquired by Singapore's Tigerair Group in 2012. 40 percent was owned by the Singapore parent, while 60 percent was held by Filipino investors. Under the leadership of Tigerair Group, Tigerair Philippines was highly unprofitable incurring a loss of nearly USD $54 million in 2013. The airline was eventually purchased by Cebu Pacific in March 2014.