Budget carrier Cebu Pacific (CEB) has received certification for Extended Diversion Time Operations (EDTO) of up to 120 minutes from the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP), an airline official said on Tuesday.
Alex Reyes, CEB general manager, Long Haul Division, said the EDTO 120 certification would allow CEB to service long haul markets.
“This means considerable fuel savings, and the most optimal flight times for our passengers,” he said.
EDTO 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. The time refers to flight times between diversion airfields.
To secure the certification, CEB submitted to a comprehensive review of its systems.
CAAP checked CEB’s compliance with special engineering and flight crew procedures. CEB pilots and engineering staff are also qualified and trained for EDTO.
CEB added to its fleet last month its 6th brand-new Airbus A330. The wide-body aircraft is third of five brand-new Airbus aircraft the airline is set to receive this year.
CEB currently operates 55 aircraft comprised of 10 Airbus A319, 31 Airbus A320, 6 Airbus A330 and 8 ATR 72-500 aircraft. CEB’s fleet is one of the youngest in the world, with an average age of 4.43 years.
Between 2015 and 2021, CEB will take delivery of seven more brand-new Airbus A320 and 30 Airbus A321neo aircraft.
“With the certification, we can continue to offer the fastest, most affordable flights for all our customers,” Reyes said.