This is very much over due, but finally the much delayed inspection by the FAA of the Philippians Air Traffic Office (ATO) and regulations is underway. The Philippines have been ranked as a Category 2 nation since January 17, 2008 when the FAA determined that the Filipino ATO did not comply and meet with International Safety
Standards. What does this mean? Lets ask the FAA:
more of the following deficiencies are identified:
- the country lacks laws or regulations necessary to support the certification and oversight of air carriers in accordance with minimum international standards;
- the CAA lacks the technical expertise, resources, and organization to license or oversee air carrier operations;
- the CAA does not have adequately trained and qualified technical personnel;
- the CAA does not provide adequate inspector guidance to ensure enforcement of, and compliance with, minimum international standards;AND
- the CAA has insufficient documentation and records of certification and inadequate continuing oversight and surveillance of air carrier operations.
(probably Clark) to the USA, Europe and beyond using new A330s! Although I question if Cebu Pacific can actually create such an airline and succeed. They are claiming to use Air Asia X business model for the long distance operations. However if you know your discount Asian carriers very well, then you would also know that just after just a few years of long distance service, Air Asia X is pulling out of Europe and India and focusing only in East Asia (China, Korea, Japan) and Australia. If a leading LCC like Air Asia X can’t do it, Can Cebu?’
destinations are already announced as long as Category 1 rating is reinstated, Currently PAL flies daily from manila to Los Angeles and San Francisco and 3x a week to Las Vegas via Vancouver, Canada. The PAL dream list includes new direct flights to San Diego and Seattle and NYC via Vancouver.