ITP has been providing maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services to Cebu Pacific throughout the last seven years and this agreement signals the renewal of the partnership between both companies. ITP will be providing customer support from its representative office in Singapore, while the PW100 engines will be repaired at the company's facilities in Ajalvir, Spain.
"CEB has worked with ITP over the last few years and this renewed agreement further strengthens our relationship. We believe that this partnership will enable us to further improve our aircraft reliability and performance while operating within one of the more challenging and demanding environments in Southeast Asia" says Lance Gokongwei, President and CEO of Cebu Pacific.
Ignacio Mataix, ITP CEO has said: "This agreement shows the commitment of both companies to continue with the excellent working relationship developed over the last years supporting one of the largest and most demanding fleets in Asia Pacific. I am confident that we will continue to contribute to enhance Cebu Pacific's fleet operating performance thanks to our high technical expertise and efficient customer service".
With over 138M passengers flown since inception in 1996, CEB continues to expand its network of 36 domestic and 30 international destinations with over 100 routes spanning Asia, Australia, the Middle East, and USA. Its 58-strong fleet is comprised of six Airbus A319, 36 Airbus A320, six Airbus A330, eight ATR 72-500, and two ATR 72-600 aircraft. Between 2016 and 2021, CEB expects delivery of two more brand-new Airbus A330, 32 Airbus A321neo, and 14 ATR 72-600 aircraft.
Asia Pacific is known to have the largest number of Pratt & Whitney Canada's PW100 engine operators, for which ITP is a Designated Overhaul Facility (DOF), covering all the large family models. The PW100 turboprop engine is the proven airline benchmark for low fuel consumption on the shorter routes of 350 miles or less, and is experiencing rapid growth among Asia's regional airline operators.
About Cebu Air Inc. (PSE: CEB)
Cebu Air Inc. is the largest carrier in the Philippine air transportation industry, offering its low-cost services to more destinations and routes with higher flight frequency within the Philippines than any other airline. Its wholly owned subsidiary, Cebgo, currently offers flights to 26 Philippine destinations utilizing an exclusive fleet of eight ATR 72-500 aircraft and two ATR 72-600. Cebgo has two strategic hubs in the Philippines namely, the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 4 in Manila and Mactan Cebu International Airport (MCIA) in Cebu.