Airlines Cebu Pacific takes delivery of its first Airbus A330neo

Philippine carrier Cebu Pacific has officially taken delivery of its very first Airbus A330neo.

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Cebu Pacific has become the latest airline to introduce the state-of-the-art Airbus A330neo into its fleet. The long-haul aircraft will enable the carrier to offer more efficient and sustainable operations while simultaneously using the aircraft´s characteristics to serve new markets.

The aircraft will likely be operated by Cebu on trunk routes within the country and other Asian destinations. Furthermore, the A330neo will be used to serve flights to Australia and the Middle East. This diversity in destinations is made possible by the single-class layout of the aircraft, which allows the carrier to accommodate 459 passengers.

Alex Reyes, Chief Strategy Officer at Cebu Pacific, commented: “Cebu Pacific’s first A330neo brings us closer to our target of having an all-Neo fleet by 2027, and shows our commitment to making air travel accessible, while ensuring environmental and social sustainability.”

Anand Stanley, President Airbus Asia-Pacific, added: “We thank and applaud Cebu Pacific for selecting our latest-technology A330neo as part of its fleet modernization drive to fly the greenest aircraft for a sustainable future […] The airline will benefit from the aircraft’s step-change in performance and economics, while maintaining passenger comfort and lowest operating costs.”

The A330neo is Airbus´ latest long-haul airliner and is already certified to comply with the ICAO CO2 emission standards beyond the year 2028. This gives airlines great confidence in choosing an aircraft for the future and for more greener operations right now.

“We believe that growth and sustainability are not mutually exclusive and should in fact be inclusive if we want to work towards the greater good. This is why we will always choose the greener options – increased aircraft efficiency, reduced noise and carbon emissions, to ensure that more low fares will be available for everyone,” Reyes stated regarding the airline´s strategy.

Powered by Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 engines, the A330neo is consuming 25 percent less fuel than previous generation aircraft. A new composite wing and additional enhanced aerodynamics make the aircraft more fuel and noise efficient.

In total, Cebu Pacific has ordered 16 A330s. Furthermore, Airbus´ backlog features 16 A320neos and 22 A321neos to be delivered to the carrier in due time. The order book shows a strong commitment toward a modern future fleet. Currently, Cebu is already operating with 50 Airbus aircraft, including 43 A320 Family and 7 A330ceos.

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