Cebu Pacific Air, the Philippines’ largest carrier, has appointed Hong Kong Aircraft Engineering Company Ltd. (“HAECO”) as the provider of engineering services for its fleet of up to eight Airbus A330-300 aircraft.
The HAECO group will provide Inventory Technical Management (ITM) and Fleet Technical Management (FTM) services for Cebu Pacific’s wide-body fleet of A330-300 aircraft. The services include detailed planning of regular comprehensive maintenance checks, pool management of components, management of component repairs and overhauls, as well as 24/7 AOG support.
Cebu Pacific will use the Airbus A330s to launch long-haul operations in the second half of 2013. It recently announced it will commence daily services to its first long-haul destination: Dubai.
“When we launch long-haul operations, we intend to serve destinations where a large number of Filipinos reside, such as the Middle East and Australia,” said Cebu Pacific President and CEO Lance Gokongwei.
“In choosing HAECO, Cebu Pacific can tap into the expertise that HAECO has built up with the A330. The efficiencies resultinag from the sharing of parts inventories and HAECO’s strong technical capabilities will assist the airline in providing low fares on long-haul routes,” Gokongwei added.
Headquartered in Hong Kong, the HAECO group has been providing maintenance services to the world’s largest Airbus A330 fleets for leading airlines in the Asia-Pacific region.
HAECO Chief Executive Officer Augustus Tang said: “We are very pleased to be chosen by Cebu Pacific, supporting the airline in the next phase of its growth. We are confident of delivering great value and operational reliability to the customer, by means of our technical expertise and operational scale of the A330 aircraft, geographical proximity between our Hong Kong hub and Manila, as well as our heritage of operational excellence.”