March 04, 2013
Philippine carrier Cebu Pacific Air has turned to Cathay Pacific Airways’ Hong Kong Aircraft Engineering (Haeco), rather than Singapore Airlines’ SIA Engineering (SIAEC), to support its new fleet of Airbus A330s, the first unit of which is expected in June. SIAEC supports Cebu Pacific’s fleet of Airbus A320s.
“The Haeco group will provide inventory technical management and fleet technical management services for Cebu Pacific’s widebody fleet of A330-300 aircraft. The services include detailed planning of regular comprehensive maintenance checks, pool management of components, management of component repairs and overhauls, as well as 24/7 AOG support,” the two companies say in a joint statement. The contract covers up to eight A330s. The airline earlier said its first four A330s will be leased from CIT. Manila-based Cebu Pacific plans to operate the A330s on medium-haul routes from the Philippines to the Middle East and Australia, as well as on some high-volume, short-haul routes, such as Manila-Singapore.
In choosing Haeco, Cebu Pacific can tap Haeco’s expertise with the A330. “The efficiencies resulting from the sharing of parts inventories and Haeco’s strong technical capabilities will assist the airline in providing low fares on long-haul routes,” says Cebu Pacific CEO Lance Gokongwei.
Haeco CEO Augustus Tang says one of the advantages Haeco has for Cebu Pacific is the proximity between its home base in Hong Kong and Manila.