Established in 1932 by Don Eugenio H. Lopez, Sr., Iloilo-Negros Air Express Company (I N A E C ) was the first Filipino-owned private airline in the Philippines. Although its fleet was completely destroyed in World War II, I N A E C quickly rebuilt after the war to become Far East Asia Transport, Inc. (F E A T I ), the first Filipino airline to serve international routes. F E A T I was sold in 1947 and later became with Philippine Airlines. I N A E C was revived in 1993 to serve the needs of the Lopez Group of Companies. It expanded its clientele in 2001 in response to the corporate sector’s heightened demand for domestic and international transport services.
As a member of the Lopez Group, I N A E C upholds the Lopez Values:
Mr. Oscar M. Lopez is chairman emeritus of Lopez Holdings Corporation, First Philippine Holdings Corporation, First Gen Corporation, and Energy Development Corporation; and is a director of Rockwell Land Corporation and ABS-CBN Corporation, all publicly listed companies. He is chairman of Lopez, Inc., the privately held ultimate parent company of the Lopez Group. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Harvard College and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Harvard University.
Ambassador Manuel M. Lopez was sworn in as the Philippine Ambassador to Japan on December 2, 2010. He is chairman and chief executive officer of Lopez Holdings Corporation; chairman of Rockwell Land Corporation; vice chairman of First Philippine Holdings Corporation; and a director of ABS-CBN Corporation, all publicly listed companies. He served Manila Electric Company as president from 1986 to June 2001 and as chairman from 2001 until May 2012. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of the East and attended the Program for Management Development at the Harvard Business School.
Mr. Eugenio Lopez III is chairman of ABS-CBN Corporation (since 1997); vice chairman of Lopez Holdings Corporation; and is a director of First Philippine Holdings Corporation, First Gen Corporation and Rockwell Land Corporation, all publicly listed companies. He served ABS-CBN as president from 1993 to 1997 and as chief executive officer from 1997 to 2012. He is also chairman of Sky Cable Corporation and president of Lopez, Inc. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Bowdoin College and a Master's degree in Business Administration from the Harvard Business School.
Mr. Federico R. Lopez is chairman and chief executive officer of First Philippine Holdings Corporation (since June 2010), First Gen Corporation and Energy Development Corporation; vice chairman of Rockwell Land Corporation; a director of ABS-CBN Corporation; and treasurer of Lopez Holdings Corporation, all publicly listed companies. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and International Relations (cum laude, 1983).
Mr. Benjamin R. Lopez is vice president of First Philippine Holdings Corporation, a publicly listed company. 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).
Herminio C. Brion Mr. Herminio C. Brion joined INAEC as its officer-in-charge in 1995, became an aviation manager in 2000, and retired in 2006. He was later elected as an INAEC Director in 2007 up to the present. He worked as an aircraft mechanic for Manila Electric Company (1968-1984), a publicly listed company; Liberty Aviation (1962-1968); and Pacific Aircraft (1958-1962). He is an Associate for Aircraft Maintenance Engineering and underwent Maintenance and Overhaul, Engine Maintenance, Fuel Maintenance, Component Overhaul, Heavy Maintenance, and Field Maintenance training courses in the United States for the following aircraft: SKA 350; EC 135; Bell 206 L3; AS350 B2; and Cessna 340.
Francis Giles B. Puno is President and COO of FPH since from October 1, 2015, and is currently the President and COO of First Gen, and a director and officer of First Gen’s subsidiaries and affiliates. He is the Chairman of a number of FPH’s subsidiaries and is a director of EDC and Rockwell Land. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from the Ateneo de Manila, and an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management in Chicago, Illinois.
Mr. 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).
Mr. 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.
Capt. 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.
Capt. Federico C. Ercilla Jr. was appointed as INAEC’s Head of Operations in January 2017. He joined INAEC in July 2013 as a pilot for the AS 350 B2 helicopter and, later on, for the Bell 429 helicopter. Before his stint with INAEC, he was a decorated pilot and officer for the Philippine Air Force, serving from 1978 to 2010. He was promoted to Brigadier General in 2009. After finishing his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering degree from the University of Negros Occidental Recoletos in 1976, he trained as an aviation cadet with the Philippine Air Force (PAF) Flying School from 1977 to 1978. Capt. Ercilla also holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the Philippine Christian University. Capt. Ercilla has logged more than 4,000 flight hours as a pilot and has flown the UH1H/Bell 205 helicopter, C-130 aircraft, and N-22B Nomad aircraft, in addition to the AS350 B2 and Bell 429 helicopter.
Engr. 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.
Engr. 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 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.
Ms. 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.
Ms. 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.