AirAsia Philippines not yet in the air

AirAsia Philippines not yet in the air

On September 5, 2011, we noted that AirAsia Philippines will start out their procedure in October.  Up to now none of the two Airbus A320 did fly in our skies.

(see here )

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The Company Mirror now stories:

Budget air carrier AirAsia Philippines has set on maintain its planned inaugural operate on December 15 to January upcoming year, even as its two brand-new A320 have been bleeding from rentals at a Clark hangar, as it has nonetheless to secure its Airline Running Certificate (AOC) from the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP).
Owing to the snail-rate processing of its papers, AirAsia management are resigned to lacking the Christmas and New Yr surge, and is now preparing a January launch, ideally, in time for the hectic Chinese New Yr vacation weekend on January 23 up coming yr.

And the Manila Bulletin writes:

AirAsia Philippines is set to begin its planned inaugural run December 15, but its two model-new A320s have now been bleeding the corporation from rental of a Clark hangar, not able to satisfy the deadline to protected its Airline Operating Certification (AOC) from the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP).

“Gone are the times when the previous Air Transportation Office environment (ATO) issued temporary AOC,” says CAAP Director Standard Ramon S. Gutierrez, who said that the new very low-charge provider (LCC) had to satisfy all the necessities “in chronological order” primarily based on the certification system.

He mentioned the airline should get by way of the Flight Typical Inspectorate Services (FSIS), headed by Capt. Elmer Peña. This is the branch that problems certificates of registration and airworthiness of aircraft, air carrier running certification, air company certificates, and certificate of airmen licenses, these types of as pilots, cabin crew, flight inspectors, and verify pilots.

Gutierrez claims all CAAP official procedures are now encoded in its computer data lender with immediate link to the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and any transactions these types of as issuance of AOC can be monitored by the Individuals.

“We will not jeopardize what the CAAP experienced worked for,” he says, hinting that the Authority will not shorter slash the issuance of AOC only to be reprimanded by the FAA afterwards.

The CAAP chief explained that in processing the AirAsia papers, they wanted to make confident that there will be no facet that will have an impact on the pursuit of Classification 1 rating.

The region was downgraded to Category 2 status a few years in the past because of allegations of wholesale issuance of AOC’s and other malpractices that had been uncovered all through subsequent investigations, linking some ranking officers of the defunct ATO.

“With our personal computer data foundation, hindi na madudukot ang mga papeles (our files can no extended be pilfered),” Gutierrez reported, alluding to the previous techniques that have been uncovered by the FAA, main to the country’s tumble to Class 2 ranking.

He reported the CAAP has presented 6 of its technological specialists to assist AirAsia expedite the approach, and squelch rumors that he and FSIS main, Peña are from the speedy processing of the airways files, remaining previous personnel of Philippine Airlines.

Peña applied to be PAL captain prior to obtaining the FSIS submit, even though Gutierrez applied to be aide-de-camp of former President Cory Aquino and subsequently worked for Ayala Aviation and FedEx Company of the Lina Group. Prior to his CAAP posting, he was a board director of Zest Airways.

AirAsia Philippines’ biggest shareholder is Antonio Cojuangco Jr., President Aquino’s cousin, with a R100-million stake in the Malaysia-dependent firm AirAsia Bhd.

The airline’s Philippine device may perhaps begin flights to Singapore, Hong Kong, and Macau and the second airplane to ply routes to Bangkok (Thailand), Incheon (South Korea), Kalibo (close to Boracay), and Puerto Princesa, according to its Main Government Officer Marianne Hontiveros.

AirAsia Philippines targets to bolster its fleet to seven planes by the close of 2012 and up to 16 jets in five a long time, Hontiveros mentioned in an job interview with Bloomberg Information in Xiamen. It may perhaps use the 2nd Airbus to start off flights to Bangkok and Incheon, the CEO added.

AirAsia Philippines is 60% owned in equal partnership by Filipino entrepreneurs Marianne Hontiveros, Antonio Cojuangco Jr., and Michael Romero, and 40% owned by AirAsia Berhad by means of its wholly owned subsidiary AirAsia International, Inc.

[Editor’s comment:] This is a bizarre constellation. Two of the CAAP executives did perform for opponents and a person of AirAsia’s house owners is a cousin of President Aquino. this appears rather like a political / economical energy-participate in than returning to Class I, does not it? 

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