Cebu Pacific beefs up fleet with new Airbus

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Low-cost carrier Cebu Pacific took delivery of its second brand-new Airbus A330 aircraft on Thursday.

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“Cebu Pacific is proud to continue offering flights on the lowest fares, utilizing the newest aircraft. Our [second]brand-new Airbus A330 aircraft from Toulouse, France, not only increases the number of seats available to Hong Kong and Cebu, but also features Airbus’ fuel-saving technology that allows us to keep our fares low,” said Candice Iyog, vice president for marketing and distribution of Cebu Pacific.

The 436-seater aircraft will be utilized in select flights to Cebu and Hong Kong from September 16 to October 4.

On these dates, Cebu Pacific will mount an additional Manila-Cebu-Manila service (5J 8553/8580), departing Manila at 10 a.m. and departing Cebu at 12:30 p.m. Similarly, the airline’s Manila-Hong Kong-Manila flights 5J 118/119 will be upgraded from a 180-seater Airbus A320 to an A330 aircraft.

Starting October 7, CEB will utilize its Airbus A330 aircraft on direct daily Manila to Dubai flights, its first long-haul service.

Meanwhile, the carrier further strengthens its domestic network with more flights from Manila to Dumaguete (additional Monday, Thursday frequency) and to Roxas (additional Friday, Sunday frequency). This is from September 16 to October 4, using a 156-seater Airbus A319 aircraft.

From September 24, Cebu Pacific will add an additional weekly frequency between Iloilo and Hong Kong, now offering a total of three weekly flights. The airline pioneered international flights out of Iloilo late last year, with direct services to Hong Kong and Singapore.

In October, the carrier also adds three weekly flights between Cebu and Zamboanga, and upgrades its four weekly flights from Manila to Virac from a 72-seater ATR to an Airbus A319 aircraft.

“Cebu Pacific’s expansion means more flight options and low fares available to our guests. It is always rewarding for us when these additional flights and seats contribute to the tourism and trade in the destinations we fly to,” Iyog said.

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