ANOTHER brand new Airbus A330-300 was added to the growing fleet of Cebu Pacific Air (CEB) in time for the launching of the airline’s long-haul operations in October.
CEB Chief Executive Officer and President Lance Gokongwei said that this is the company’s second Airbus A330 aircraft delivery this year.
“Today we mark another milestone in the short and colorful history of Cebu Pacific. As we introduce the Airbus A330-300 into Cebu Pacific’s growing fleet. This new aircraft marks the introduction of long-haul services from Cebu Pacific, and we will now be able to fly to destinations that we could not be reach with our fleet of narrow-body Airbus A320s,” Gokongwei said in his speech during the inauguration of the plane on Thursday at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport.
He added that CEB’s flights to Dubai, using the brand-new 436-seater aircraft, would bring global Filipinos home faster, not just to Manila but wherever they may be in the Philippines.
“Cebu Pacific has always been about bridging distances. In our first few years of operations, we successfully changed travel patterns within the Philippines. Our trademark Piso Fares enabled people who could not afford to travel by air, who now routinely take to the skies. Years later, many more of our countrymen, our fellow Juans are now able to routinely take their families on vacations around the Philippines and Asia, via Cebu Pacific,” Gokongwei said.
Among the guests who attended the CEB launch event are French Ambassador Gilles Garachon; Stephen Burnett of Australia; Vice President Jejomar Binay’s chief of staff Undersecretary Benjamin Martinez; the Civil Aeronautics Board led by Wyrlou Samodio; Gwyn Scourfield of CIT Aerospace; and Cebu Pacific board of directors represented by its chairman Ricardo Romulo, Antonio Go and John Gokongwei Jr., who is the Chairman Emeritus of JG Summit Holdings, Inc.
The airline will operate direct daily flights between Manila and Dubai starting October 7 which offers fares that are up to 35 percent lower than other carriers.
The airline’s non-stop, direct Manila-Dubai service will be the fastest way to reach Manila and make same day connections with CEB’s extensive Philippine route network, the CEB said.
An estimated over half a million Filipinos are working and living in the United Arab Emirates and is expected to increase in the future. The launching of the long-haul services next month will be the first time a Philippine carrier lands in Dubai in 15 years, according to Martinez.