Cebu Pacific received certification for Extended Diversion Time Operations (EDTO) of up to 120 minutes.
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, Cebu Pacific submitted to a comprehensive review of systems by the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP). CAAP checked Cebu Pacific‘s compliance with additional special engineering and flight crew procedures in addition to the normal engineering and flight procedures. Cebu Pacific pilots and engineering staff are now qualified and trained for EDTO.
“Cebu Pacific‘s EDTO 120 certification allows us to serve new long haul markets with a more direct route between airports. This means considerable fuel savings, and the most optimal flight times for our passengers. With the certification, we can continue to offer the fastest, most affordable flights for all our customers,” said Alex Reyes, Cebu Pacific General Manager, Long Haul Division.
Cebu Pacific also took delivery of its 6th brand-new Airbus A330 which arrived at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) last month. The wide-body aircraft is third of five brand-new Airbus aircraft the airline is set to receive this year.
Cebu Pacific currently operates a fleet of 55 aircraft comprised of 10 Airbus A319, 31 Airbus A320, 6 Airbus A330 and 8 ATR 72-500 aircraft. Between 2015 and 2021, Cebu Pacific will take delivery of 7 more brand-new Airbus A320 and 30 Airbus A321neo aircraft.