Philippines-based carrier Cebu Pacific has signed an order with Airbus for 16 long-range A330neo aircraft.
The A330neo ordered by Cebu Pacific is a higher-capacity version of the A330-900, with up to 460 seats in a single-class configuration.
Cebu Pacific plans to operate the aircraft on trunk routes within the Philippines and the rest of Asia, as well as on longer range services to Australia and the Middle East.
Lance Gokongwei, Cebu Pacific’s CEO, said: “The A330neo is integral to our fleet modernisation program. With this purchase, we aim to reduce our fuel emission and build a more sustainable operation.
“This will also give us the lowest cost per seat, at the same time enabling CEB to increase seat capacity and maximise valuable airport slots in Manila and other Asian megacities.”
Christian Scherer, Airbus‘s chief commercial officer, commented: “Cebu Pacific is a pace-setter and surely one of the most respected and well managed airlines in the low-cost sector.
“This new order is another important endorsement for the value-based proposition that the A330neo brings to highly competitive markets.
“The increased capacity version of the aircraft developed for Cebu Pacific will help achieve even greater efficiencies for high density regional and long range routes.”