Cebu Pacific’s first A330neo takes off


The first of 16 Airbus A330-900s ordered by low cost airline Cebu Pacific in the Philippines had its maiden flight in Toulouse.

The Philippine cheap flight specialist, based at Manila-Ninoy Aquino airport, saw its first A330neo take off on September 22, 2021: the A330-900, currently registered as F-WWKP, detected a flight of almost four hours. Cebu Pacific had finalized in November 2019 the memorandum of understanding announced at the Paris Air Show five months earlier, covering a firm order for sixteen A330-900s. It will configure them to accommodate up to 460 passengers in a single class (against 436 in its A330-300), the first deliveries being expected a priori by the end of the year.

The low cost is expected to approach its A330neo on domestic routes in the Philippines and the rest of Asia, as well as on services further afield to Australia and the Middle East. The other devices affected by the 2019 MoU, ten A321XLRs expected from 2024, are still not finalized.

Cebu Pacific has a fleet of 62 aircraft, of which only forty are in service due to the Covid-19 pandemic: fifteen ATRs detected by its subsidiary Cebgo (thirteen 72-600 and two 72-500P2F), came Airbus A320, five A320neos out of the ten expected, seven A321s, nine A321neos (32 orders) and six A330-300s.

According to Candice Iyog, vice president of marketing and customer experience at Cebu Pacific, no fleet reduction plan has been considered as the low-cost company prepares for traffic to resume in the Philippines. The current load factors are around 40%, she said during a virtual press conference.

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