Who We Are

Our Story


An introduction to INAEC will always begin in 1932, when Iloilo-Negros Air Express Company (INAEC) was first established by Don Eugenio H. Lopez, Sr. as the first Philippine airline. The story could have ended in 1947 when INAEC, rebuilt after the war as Far East Asia Transport, Inc. (FEATI), was sold and later merged with what would become Philippine Airlines.

But INAEC is a Filipino corporation founded on Filipino values, and resiliency is not only entrenched in the Filipino culture. It runs through the veins of every Filipino.

Thus, like a phoenix rising from its ashes, INAEC was reborn in 1993 as INAEC Aviation Corporation.

In its early years, INAEC, as part of the Lopez Group of Companies, was used solely by its sister and affiliate companies to serve the latter’s air transport requirements. This, however, only proved that INAEC possessed the potential to fulfill an even greater and bigger purpose. Hence, in 2001, INAEC transformed itself once again – this time into an air charter operator capable of meeting the heightened demand by third parties for air charter services, both domestic and international.

Beginning with service contracts with the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas, INAEC went on to provide air transport services to Philodrill Corporation, one of the oil and gas producers (OGP) in the Philippines.

The OGP industry, known for requiring its service providers to comply with rigorous international standards, lost no time in recognizing INAEC’s top-quality caliber. With its passion for safety, INAEC, after thorough and exacting scrutiny by Galoc Production Company (GPC) and, later, Shell Philippines Exploration B.V. (SPEX), forged partnerships with these companies to be the sole domestic air transport service provider for the OGP industry in the Philippines.

Fast gaining its well-earned reputation for safety, service excellence, and unwavering integrity in its business dealings, INAEC also became the air charter provider of choice to its select clientele, consisting of known and established VVIPs, here and abroad.

INAEC has since ventured into an even wider range of aviation services, from domestic and international air charters, to aircraft management, aircraft maintenance, medical evacuation, and fixed base operations.

In all its endeavors, INAEC brings with it the best of what the Filipino has to offer – the warmth of the Filipino hospitality, the commitment to professionalism, the unstinting devotion to getting things done, and getting things done right.

Indeed, INAEC, rooted as it is in a deep and historic heritage dating as far back as 1932, remains true to and continues to celebrate its core belief –  that the Filipino is, without a doubt, world-class.


INAEC proudly traces its roots back in 1932 when it started as Iloilo-Negros Air Express Company, the first airline in the Philippines. It was reborn in 1993 initially to serve the aviation needs of the Lopez Group of Companies, a Filipino conglomerate with businesses in clean energy generation and distribution, media and broadcasting,  and real estate development.

INAEC has evolved into a multi-mission aviation company offering an even wider range of aviation services, from domestic and international air charters, to medical evacuation, aircraft management, aircraft maintenance, and fixed base operations At present, INAEC is the sole domestic air transport provider for oil and gas producers (OGP) in the Philippines. With its strict adherence to international safety standards and the characteristic Filipino service of warmth and professionalism.

In 2019, INAEC obtained its International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BA0) Stage 1 Certification. This marked the first time a holder of a Philippine Air Operator Certificate (AOC) has been accorded such distinction.

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To provide safe and reliable air charter services, compliant with local and international standards.



To be the preferred air charter provider in Asia.


A Pioneering Entrepreneurial Spirit

We choose to build businesses that are catalysts for national development.

Business Excellence

We conduct our business along a very high bar and hold ourselves accountable for excellence.


We work best when our people and our various businesses collaborate and help each other and constantly build a culture that encourages this.


We recognize our roots as a Filipino company and take pride in using businesses to enable the best attributes of our country to shine through.

Social Justice

We use our strengths and capabilities to make our country and the world a better place. We cannot operate oblivious to the many social and economic problems that surround us.


We ensure that our actions build trust and are clearly anchored to our principles, our true north.

Employee Welfare and Wellness

We strive to improve the lives and welfare of our employees and their families because they, in turn, devote
a significant part of their lives in service to our company.

Our Team

Board of Directors

Oscar M. Lopez

Board Adviser

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Oscar M. Lopez, Filipino, has served as Chairman of INAEC Aviation since 1998. He is Chairman Emeritus of Lopez Holdings Corporation, First Philippine Holdings Corporation, First Gen, EDC and Rockwell Land Corporation, all publicly-listed companies. He is Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Lopez Group Foundation and Eugenio Lopez Foundation. He completed his master’s degree in Public Administration at the Littauer School of Public Administration (now the John F. Kennedy School of Government) at Harvard University, where he also earned his Bachelor of Arts (BA, cum laude).

Eugenio L. Lopez lll


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Eugenio L. Lopez III, Filipino, has served as Director of INAEC Aviation since 1997. He is President of Lopez, Inc. and the Chairman of the Board of ABS-CBN Corporation and Sky Cable Corporation; He is the vice chairman of Lopez Holdings Corporation. He is a Director of First Gen and First Philippine Holdings Corporation, all publicly-listed companies. He was the CEO of ABS-CBN until 2012. He graduated with a BA in Political Science from Bowdoin College, and has an MBA from the Harvard Business School.

Manuel M. Lopez


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Manuel M. Lopez, Filipino, has served as Director of INAEC Aviation Corporation since 2010. He was the Philippine Ambassador to Japan until June 2016. He continues to be a Director of Manila Electric Company, where he served as Chairman and CEO from 2001 to 2010. He also serves as Chairman and CEO of Lopez Holdings Corporation, and Chairman of Rockwell Land Corporation, all publicly-listed companies. He holds a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in Business Administration, and pursued advanced studies in Financial and Management Development at the Harvard Business School.

Herminio C. Brion


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Herminio C. Brion, Filipino, served as Director of INAEC Aviation since August 7, 2008. He was INAEC’s Officer-in-Charge from 1996 to 2000 and its Aviation Manager from 2000 to 2008. He has served as the Officer-in-Charge for Maintenance of Helicopter and Cessna Citation Aircraft for Meralco from 1968 to 1993. He graduated as an Associate in Aircraft Maintenance Engineering at FEATI University in 1959. Mr. Brion is one of only two in the Philippines who gained the honor of Master Technician on Hawker Beechcraft King Air 350 at Flight Safety International in Kansas, U.S.A. He obtained aircraft ratings for Cessna Citation 500, heavy maintenance on JT-15D4 engines, and Bell Jet Ranger II Helicopter, all from training academies in the United States, and for EC135 Helicopter from Eurocopter Training in Germany.

Fed­erico R. Lopez


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Federico R. Lopez, Filipino, served as Director of INAEC Aviation Corporation since 2007. He is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of First Philippine Holdings Corporation (FPH), First Gen Corporation (First Gen), Energy Development Corporation (EDC), all publicly-listened companies. He is Vice-Chairman of Rockwell Land Corporation, Treasurer of Lopez Holdings, and a Director of ABS-CBN. He earned his BA (cum laude), with a double major in Economics and International Relations, from the University of Pennsylvania.

Benjamin R. Lopez


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Benjamin R. Lopez, Filipino, is Director and President of INAEC Aviation since July 26, 2007. He is also Senior Executive Vice President of Lopez, Inc. a member of the Board of Directors of various subsidiaries such as First Balfour, Inc., First Philec and First Philippine Utilities Corp. He has been Vice President of First Philippine Holdings Corporation since 2006. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Affairs in 1992 from the George Washington University and an Executive Masters in Business Administration degree at the Asian Institute of Management in 2001.

Francis Giles B. Puno


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Francis Giles B. Puno, Filipino, served as Director of INAEC Aviation Corporation since 2016. He is President and COO of First Philippine Holdings Corporation since October 1, 2015. He is Director of First Gen’s subsidiaries and affiliates. He has a BS in Business Management from the Ateneo de Manila, and an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management in Chicago, Illinois.

Arturo Valdez


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Arturo T. Valdez, 70, Filipino, became an Independent Director of INAEC Aviation in 2018. He served as Undersecretary of the Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC) from 1996 to 2004 and was appointed Special Envoy to the Middle East from October 2007 to March 2008. He also served as Undersecretary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) from 2016 to 2017 and Head of the National Anti-Environmental Crime Task Force (NAECTF) of the DENR. He has been a member of the Board of Trustees of the OML Center for Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Management Foundation since July 2013 until the present. A passionate mountaineer, he led the first Philippine Mt. Everest Expedition in May 2006 when the Philippine flag was first planted at the peak of Mt. Everest. He also led the “first and only women traverse” of Mt. Everest in May 2007, a feat unsurpassed in the history of Himalayan mountaineering until today. After finishing the 2008 Mt Everest Marathon, he went directly to the sea and built the “Balangay,” an exact replica of an ancient seacraft (320 A.D.) dug up in Butuan City. Together with his Filipino crew, Mr. Valdez sailed the Balangay around the Philippines and Southeast Asia for 15 months, solely powered by the wind and steered by the stars. Mr. Valdez was an American Field Service scholar and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the University of Santo Tomas (1970)

Senior Management

Benjamin R. Lopez


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Ben­jamin R. Lopez was appointed as INAEC pres­i­dent in 2006. He is con­cur­rently vice pres­i­dent of First Philip­pine Cor­po­ra­tion (FPH), a pub­licly listed com­pany. He was sec­onded to FPH’s prop­erty devel­op­ment sub­sidiary, Rock­well Land Cor­po­ra­tion, from 1993 to 2003, where he held var­i­ous man­age­ment posi­tions. He is a mem­ber of the board of direc­tors of First Bal­four, Inc. and var­i­ous sub­sidiaries of the FPH group. He has a Bach­e­lor of Arts degree in Inter­na­tional Affairs con­cen­tra­tion in eco­nom­ics from the George Wash­ing­ton Uni­ver­sity, Wash­ing­ton D.C. (1992) and an Exec­u­tive Mas­ters in Busi­ness Admin­is­tra­tion from the Asian Insti­tute of Man­age­ment (2001).

Aldi Dexter P. Ampong

General Manager

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Aldi Dexter P. Ampong joined INAEC as Head of Commercial in 2011 and was appointed as General Manager in January 2015. He previously worked for Alpha Aviation Group Philippines (formerly Clark Aviation), first as Head of Strategy and Business Development from 2008 to 2010 and then as General Manager until 2011. He served the Philippine Army from 1994 to 2006. He obtained a Bachelor of Science degree from the Philippine Military Academy in 1994 and a Master in Business Administration (MBA) from the Asian Institute of Management in 2008, after completing graduate courses with concentration in Finance at the Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio.

Gilbert M. Tabberrah

General Manager – INAEC North

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Gilbert M. Tabberrah joined INAEC as corporate pilot in 2000 and was appointed as INAEC Head of Operations in 2011. With the establishment of INAEC North Aviation Corporation (INAEC North) to expand INAEC’s operations at the Clark Freeport Zone, Capt. Tabberrah was appointed as its General Manager effective January 2017.  Prior to joining INAEC, he worked for the Air Transportation Office (ATO) from 1999 to 2000 as an ATO check pilot for rotary and fixed-wing aircraft, and at Philippine Airlines as DC-10 S/E systems engineer (1990-1993) and as Fokker F-50 captain (1994-1997). A Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering graduate of Adamson University, he underwent Undergraduate Pilot Training as an aviation cadet (1977-1978) of the Philippine Air Force (PAF) Flying School. He then served with the PAF 205th Helicopter Wing (1979-1980) and 250th Presidential Airlift Wing (1980-1990). He has over 9,800 hours of flying time and is qualified to pilot the following aircraft: Learjet 45; YS-11; Fokker F-50; SKA 350; and AS350 B2.

Edgar Allan C. Carreon

Head of Operations

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Capt. Edgar Allan C. Carreon joined INAEC as a corporate helicopter pilot in 2009, after a distinguished career of more than 20 years with the Philippine Air Force, where he retired as a Colonel in the same year. In addition to his pilot duties, Capt. Carreon was also served as INAEC’s Flight Safety Officer in 2016
until his appointment as Head of Operations in 2019. He obtained his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering degree in Holy Angel University in 1988. Thereafter, he underwent pilot training with the 100th Training Wing at the Fernando Air Base from 1988 to 1989 before becoming a full-fledged helicopter pilot with the Philippine Air Force.

Glenn E. Perez

Head of the Corporate Services Group

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Glenn E. Perez was appointed as Head of Quality and Safety in 2012 and, in September 2015, as Head of the Corporate Services Group. He worked as Quality, Environment, Safety, and Health Corporate Program Manager for the Lopez Group Business Excellence unit, under Lopez Holdings Corporation, since 2006. In that capacity, he served as second party consultant/auditor of INAEC. He worked for ECC International (2001-2005) as senior management system consultant and operations manager and for Kisho Sakata Electronics (1998-2001) as senior quality assurance engineer. A licensed mechanical engineer, he received his Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Batangas State University. He is currently enrolled in the Ateneo Regis – MBA Program of the Ateneo Graduate School of Business.

Constantine A. Cano

Head of Quality and Safety

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Constantine A. Cano was appointed Head of Maintenance in 2013 and as Head of Quality and Safety in September 2015. He worked as director of Quality Control and Safety at Eurocopter Philippines, Inc.; as manager for Quality at Air Philippines Corporation; as senior Aviation Safety Regulation officer for the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines; and as fulltime technical/engineering instructor for Air-link International Aviation College. A licensed aeronautical engineer, he received his Bachelor of Science degree in Aeronautical Engineering, from PATTS College of Aeronautics. He also completed the Aircraft Maintenance Technician Course in the same institution. He has current licenses as an aircraft mechanic, aircraft specialist, and ground instructor.

Jowe T. Dano

Head of Maintenance and Engineering

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Jowe T. Dano was appointed Head of Maintenance and Engineering in September 2015. He worked as a maintenance technician for INAEC from 2008 until 2015. He was also previously a mechanic for then Asian Spirit Airlines, from 2004 to 2008. A licensed aviation maintenance technician, he completed his degree in Bachelor of Science in Aircraft Maintenance Technology in Indiana Aerospace University in Cebu, Philippines in 2003. He is currently rated as a maintenance technician for fixed wing (Beechcraft Super King Air 350) and rotary wing (EC 135 P2, AS350B2, AS355F2, and Bell 429) aircraft.

Amelia B. Apolinar

Head of Finance

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Amelia B. Apolinar joined INAEC as its Head of Finance in March 2015. With over 27 years of experience in finance and accountancy, Ms. Apolinar worked in various capacities, from Accounting Head to Finance Manager, for several multinational companies, such as Tokumi Electronics Phils., Inc., Nikkoshi Electronics Phils., Inc., and Entel HK Philippines. A certified public accountant (CPA), Ms. Apolinar obtained her degree in Business Administration, major in Accountancy, from the Philippine School of Business Administration (PSBA) – Manila in 1986.

Maila Roberta A. Padpad-Banaag

Head of Legal

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Maila Roberta A. Padpad-Banaag has been Legal Counsel of INAEC since March 2015. She was previously the corporate secretary of Macay Holdings, Inc. from October 2013 until March 2015. She has prior experience with the aviation industry as counsel for Zest Airways, Inc. (2008 – 2013) and Cebu Pacific (2003 – 2005). She also worked with the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Office of the Solicitor General, the Supreme Court, and the Court of Appeals. She obtained her degrees in Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Bachelor of Laws in 1994 and 1998, respectively, from the University of the Philippines Diliman.

Senen C. Torralba

Head of Human Resources & Administration

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Mr. Senen C. Torralba joined INAEC as its Head of Human Resources and Administration in December 2017. He previously worked for a law firm, Syquia Law Offices, in 1998 before starting his career in Human Resources in 2000 when he joined Lufthansa Technik Philippines. Overall, Mr. Torralba has more
than 18 years of experience in Human Resources. He graduated from the Philippine Women’s University in 1994 with a Bachelor of Arts degree, Major in Psychology.

Reyna May B. Santiago

Assistant Manager in Sales and Marketing

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Ms. Reyna May B. Santiago began working for INAEC in 2010 as a Sales and Marketing Officer in charge of the sales and marketing of INAEC’s services, including air charters and fixed base operations services. She was promoted as Assistant Manager for Sales and Marketing in 2019. Before joining INAEC, Ms.
Santiago worked for Standard Chartered Bank, Citibank Philippines, and Rechargeplus Stratagem, Inc. She obtained her Bachelor of Science degree, Major in Management, from Rizal Technological University in 2008 and is taking up Masters of Arts in Integrated Marketing Communication in Miriam College.

Maricel L. Manalo

Assistant Manager in Fixed Base Operations

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Ms. Maricel L. Manalo started with INAEC in 2008 as a Flight Dispatcher, and later, as a Senior Flight Dispatcher. In 2019, she was appointed as the Assistant Manager for Fixed Base Operations. Prior to her employment with INAEC, she worked as a ground handling agent and flight dispatcher with International
Business Aviation Services (2002 – 2004), Island Transvoyager Corporation (2005 – 2007), and Corporate Air (2008). She graduated from the PATTS College of Aeronautics in 2002 with a Bachelor of Science
degree in Air Transportation. In addition to being a flight dispatcher, Ms. Manalo is a licensed commercial pilot for fixed-wing aircraft.

Get In Touch With Us Today

For more details, and other destinations, please contact INAEC Aviation Corporation.

Phone: (+63) 2 853 9722 or (+63) 2 854 6770
Email: info@inaec.com.ph
Facebook: m.me/inaecaviationcorp

Get In Touch With Us Today

For more details, and other destinations, please contact INAEC Aviation Corporation.

Phone: (+63) 2 853 9722 or (+63) 2 854 6770
Email: info@inaec.com.ph
Facebook: m.me/inaecaviationcorp

Our Locations

INAEC Manila Hangar A

Building 12, General Aviation Area, Domestic Airport Pasay City 1300, Philippines

INAEC Manila Hangar D

192 Andrews Avenue, Pasay City 1300, Philippines

INAEC Clark Hangar

Hangar 7216, Clark Civil Aviation Complex, Clark Freeport Zone 2010, Philippines

Puerto Princesa Hangar

CAAP Airport Complex, Bancao Bancao, Puerto Princesa 5300, Philippines

INAEC El Nido Hangar

INAEC Hangar, Lio Airport, Brgy. Libertad, El Nido Palawan 5313, Philippines

Cebu Hangar

Hangar 15, General Aviation Area MCIAA Brgy. Pajac Lapu Lapu City 6016, Philippines

Davao Hangar

TADECO Hangar 16, Old Airport Road, Buhangin Davao City 8000, Philippines

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