Cebu Pacific inks agreement for two Airbus A330-300s
The Philippines’ leading airline, Cebu Pacific (PSE: CEB), has placed a firm order with Airbus for two A330-300s. The aircraft will join CEB’s existing fleet of six A330s flying on long haul and selected regional and domestic routes, and will be configured with 436 all economy-class seats.
“The A330 has proven to be the right choice for our long and short haul low fare products. We are excited to be expanding our wide-body fleet, offering more options for our customers,” said Lance Gokongwei, Cebu Pacific President and Chief Executive Officer.
“This order from Cebu Pacific is another endorsement of the unrivalled efficiency of the A330 for profitable low cost services. Combining low operating costs, proven reliability and a great passenger experience, the A330 is the clear preferred choice of airlines in this competitive market segment,” said John Leahy, Airbus Chief Operating Officer-Customers.
The A330 is one of the most popular wide-body aircraft ever, having now won over 1,600 orders. Today, over 1,300 aircraft are flying with some 120 airlines worldwide on a wide range of routes, from domestic and regional flights to long range intercontinental services of up to 13 hours. Offering the lowest operating costs in its category, and thanks to continuous investment and innovations, the A330 is the most profitable and best performing aircraft in its class.
CEB currently operates a 57-strong fleet comprised of seven Airbus A319, 36 Airbus A320, six Airbus A330, and eight ATR 72-500 aircraft. Between 2016 and 2021, CEB expects delivery of 32 Airbus A321neo, two Airbus A330, and 16 ATR 72-600 aircraft.
Recently, the airline announced three new domestic routes from Cebu to Calbayog (Samar), Ormoc (Leyte), and Roxas (Capiz), and one new international route from Kalibo to Incheon, South Korea. With these new routes, CEB now offers flights to 36 domestic and 30 international destinations, spanning Asia, Australia, the Middle East, and USA.