CEB awaits delivery of 41 more new planes

CEBU Pacific Air (CEB) is expecting the delivery of 41 new Airbus aircraft in the next seven years to support their long haul and short haul expansion.

Michelle Eve de Guzman, CEB marketing communications manager, said during a press briefing at the Seda Abreeza Hotel on Thursday last week that the low-cost carrier is expecting the delivery of 10 Airbus A320s with sharklets, 30 Airbus A321neos, and one Airbus A330 from 2014 to 2021.

The Airbus A320, with sharklets, is a narrow-body aircraft with a seating capacity of 180. De Guzman said delivery of the aircraft started this year. Their latest A320 delivery was just two weeks ago.

The Airbus A330 is one of the new addition of CEB to its fleet for their long haul low fare operations. The wide-body aircraft will be used for regional and long haul operations. It has a seating capacity of 436 passengers.

"Our newest A330 was delivered last September 2," De Guzman said.
The Airbus A321neo (New Engine Option) is one of the newest aircraft models of Airbus. The new aircraft will allow the company to service more cities in Australia, India, and Northern Japan due to its longer range. It will be able to accommodate around 200 passengers. Delivery of the aircraft will start in 2017.

CEB currently has a fleet of 51 Airbus and ATR aircrafts. The airline has 10 Airbus A319, 28 Airbus A320, five Airbus A330, and eight ATR 72-500.
"This one of the world's most modern aircraft fleets. Our [aircraft's] average age is approximately four years," De Guzman said.

The airline company's diverse fleet currently serves 34 domestic destinations, 56 domestic routes, 28 international destinations, and 36 international routes. CEB operates more than 2,200 flights weekly from its hubs in Manila, Cebu, Davao, Clark, Iloilo, and Kalibo.

From January to June 2014 of this year, CEB has already flown eight million passengers. It is the largest Philippine carrier with a 53% domestic passenger market share and 42% domestic cargo market share.
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