Fly the VVIP way!

Sun.Star Pampanga - - FEATURE! -

Want to ex­pe­ri­ence a unique way to fly?

Then, you can fly with Iloilo-Ne­gros Air Ex­press Com­pany (INAEC), the coun­try’s first Filipino-owned pri­vate air­line that prom­ises a fly­ing ex­pe­ri­ence for “Very Very Im­por­tant Per­sons” (VVIPs).

INAEC Avi­a­tion Cor­po­ra­tion avi­a­tion di­rec­tor and pres­i­dent Ben­jamin R. Lopez, and INAEC Clark gen­eral man­ager Capt. Gil­bert M. Tab­ber­rah aim to pro­vide high­end fly­ing ex­pe­ri­ence to their clients.

The new­est player in air char­ter­ing in Clark which started op­er­a­tions in Jan­uary 2017 charges from $1,600 to $2,400 per hour de­pend­ing on the flight ar­range­ment.

Tab­ber­rah said they are look­ing at busi­ness ex­ec­u­tives, for­eign tourists and high rollers as their po­ten­tial clients.

“With safety as our pas­sion and top pri­or­ity, clients are also as­sured of five-star lux­ury ser­vice, com­fort and con­ve­nience,” said Tab­ber­rah.

Tab­ber­rah, along with Lopez said “Clark is a growth area” – the main rea­son for ex­pand­ing op­er­a­tions at Clark Freeport in Pam­panga.

“We be­lieve that Clark is the way to go. And we be­lieve that the gov­ern­ment is very sin­cere in mov­ing the traf­fic to Clark,” sai d Tabb er r ah.

“And we would like to soar with Clark,” he added.

For Clark, fixed­wing air­craft and heli­copters with a ca­pac­ity of five to eight pas­sen­gers are avail­able, as well as King Air that can ac­com­mo­date eight pas­sen­gers and can fly all over the Philip­pines.

“Ac­tu­ally Clark Air­port is the best, be­cause of the two run­ways, the area and there’s no bird sanc­tu­ary,” said Taber­rah, who is also a pi­lot with 9,792 to­tal flight hours.

In Au­gust 12, INAEC Clark had its first flight to Mt. Pi­natubo with pas­sen­gers Prisca Cas­tor, pres­i­dent, Pam­panga Agents Travel So­ci­ety; Chriselle May Yam­bao, su­per­vis­ing tourism of­fi­cer, Cen­tral Luzon De­part­ment of Tourism; and Au­gusto Sanchez, cor­po­rate com­mu­ni­ca­tions man­ager, Clark In­ter­na­tional Air­port Cor­po­ra­tion on board AS350 B2 five-seater he­li­copter.

Taber­rah said the com­pany hopes to ex­pand to the north and fly from Clark to var­i­ous des­ti­na­tions such as Mt. Pi­natubo, Zam­bales area, Baler in Aurora, Subic in Olon­gapo, Cor­regi­dor, San Fer­nando La Union in Pan­gasi­nan, Bagu i o, Ba n a u e RiceTer­races in Cordilleras, among other s.

Ac­cord­ing to Tab­ber­rah, his team will be do­ing a lot of mar­ket­ing to cre­ate aware­ness that an air char­ter com­pany for VVIPs is present in Clark.

Other INAEC hangars are lo­cated in the fol­low­ing ar­eas: two hangars in Manila, Cebu, El Nido, Puerto Princesa, Davao and the new­est hangar in Clark Civil Avi­a­tion Com­plex.

INAEC Clark is an ad­di­tion to ex­ist­ing air char­ter com­pa­nies in Clark that in­clude Asian Aerospace, Lead­ing Edge, and Metro Jet that started op­er­a­tions in April 2014, June 2016 and Jan­uary 2012, re­spec­tively.

Don Eu­ge­nio H. Lopez, Sr. es­tab­lished the com­pany in 1932. Al­though its fleet was com­pletely de­stroyed in World War II, INAEC quickly re­built af­ter the war to be­come Far East Asia Trans­port, Inc. (FEATI), the first Filipino air­line to serve in­ter­na­tional routes. FEATI w as sol d i n 1947. INAEC was re­vived in 1993 to serve the needs of the Lopez Group of Com­pa­nies. — Astrud Aguinaldo/

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