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:
normally can continue to serve the USA on the route that they are already serving. However No NEW routes can be added. In addition, no code sharing can occur between US airlines and airlines from
a category 2 nation. So in 2008 when the Philippines were downgraded to a category 2, not only did this restrict Filipino airlines from expanding service to the USA,
but Northwest Airlines and Cebu pacific were force to end their code share agreements and frequent flyer benefits. This was not nearly as bad as what happened in April 2010, when the EU
followed the US’s lead and actually Blacklisted all Filipino carriers from flying within EU airspace!
Filipino government is certain they will regain category 1 status this
year! So with this already in progress Cebu Pacific and Philippines Airlines are ready to expand!
(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.
lived :). But seriously, more competition and more flights to Asia always mean lower fares! Also a LCC across the pacific would be a huge win for consumers! I’m feeling $600 r/t airfare in the near horizon!