Philippines-based, Cebu Pacific has 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 Organisation (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, CEB submitted to a comprehensive review of systems by the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP). CAAP checked CEB’s compliance with additional special engineering and flight crew procedures in addition to the normal engineering and flight procedures. CEB pilots and engineering staff are now qualified and trained for EDTO.
“CEB’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, CEB general manager, Long Haul Division.
CEB 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. CEB currently operates a fleet of 55 aircraft comprised of 10 A319, 31 A320, six A330 and eight ATR 72-500 aircraft.