Rene Philip Banzon has an airline industry career spanning 28 years. He started with flag-carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) in 1986 and has worked under the Maintenance & Engineering Department, Flight Operations, entered a 3-year Management Training Program, and was assigned to Sales and Marketing. His last job with PAL was as Product Manager for the U.S. and Northeast Asia routes. In 1996, he then joined the Transnational Diversified Group handling the General Sales Agencies for Asiana Airlines, Malaysia Airlines, Austrian Air, and Virgin Atlantic working his way up to the position of Managing Director until he left in 2009 to join Cebu Pacific. He was hired to represent the airline in their Joint Venture with Singapore Airlines Engineering Company to put up Clark-based Singapore Airlines Engineering Philippines (SIAEP). He holds the position of Deputy General Manager. SIAEP is an aircraft Maintenance, Repair, ad Overhaul (MRO) facility that is certified to do light-to-heavy maintenance repairs for the Airbus A320 family of aircraft with its 2 hangars in operation. A third hangar is scheduled to open in June 2014 which can accommodate an A330 or B777 widebody together with two narrowbodies in the same hangar with closed doors.