Prior to a record $12 billion order for new aircraft, Cebu Pacific has laid up aggressive employment plans for thousands of pilots, mechanics, and cabin staff over the next few years.
According to Inquirer.Net, as the airline anticipates hiring some 1,500 new pilots to fly more than 100 new aircraft due to arrive within the next ten years, preparations include solidifying agreements with domestic flight schools and potentially investing directly in these establishments.
A call for proposals has been issued to domestic schools by Cebu Pacific, which employs more than 4,000 people overall, including roughly 900 pilots, in order to fill its impending need for pilots for its fleet.
But Cebu Pacific CEO Michael Szucs claimed that they are aware of the current global pilot shortage and the requirement for a steady supply of qualified flight crew.
To be delivered in phases beginning as early as 2027, 100 to 150 new aircraft from the European industrial behemoth Airbus and the American aircraft manufacturer Boeing are being finalized by Cebu Pacific.
Szucs claimed that their strong desire to grow was also influenced by the planned privatization of the Bulacan province’s New Manila International Airport and the conglomerate San Miguel Corp.’s (SMC) P740-billion Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila.
When New Manila International Airport opens in 2026, according to SMC, Cebu Pacific wants to be the main airline operating there.
SMC and Szucs, according to Szucs, are currently in discussions over the design specifications for the new international gateway.
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