Budget carrier Cebu Pacific on Wednesday took delivery of its 52nd aircraft, a brand-new Airbus 320 with sharklets, or wingtip devices intended to improve the efficiency of fixed-wing aircraft.
The new plane will be used for additional flight frequencies in key routes during the holiday peak travel period, the airline said.
“We are glad to take delivery of another brand-new Airbus A320 with Sharklets. Today, CEB operates one of the youngest aircraft fleets in the world with an average age of 4.28 years. This latest order allows us to meet our fleet expansion requirements and to meet growing demand in the markets we serve,” said Jorenz Tañada, Cebu Pacific vice president for corporate affairs.
CEB also announced it will increase flight frequencies to nine domestic and three international routes during the peak season. Among the routes where the airline will mount additional twice weekly flights are Manila-Cebu and Manila-Tuguegarao routes; thrice weekly flights for the Manila-Dumaguete route; and four times weekly flights for the Manila-Zamboanga route beginning December 15.
Guests traveling from the Visayas region to Singapore can also expect additional weekly flights for the Iloilo-Singapore route (December 17, 2014 to January 14, 2015), and additional thrice weekly flights for the Cebu-Singapore route (December 19, 2014 to January 7, 2015). CEB will also use its larger A330 aircraft for some of its Manila-Singapore flights from December 15, 2014 to January 9, 2015.
CEB now operates a fleet of 52 aircraft, comprised of 10 A319, 29 A320, five A330 and eight ATR-72 500 aircraft.
Between 2015 and 2021, Cebu Pacific is set to take delivery of nine brand-new A320, 30 A321neo, and one A330 aircraft. Rosalie C. Periabras