• Cebu Pacific fleet 14% bigger – industry analyst

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    LOCAL carrier Cebu Pacific Air’s fleet expansion has expanded its fleet by 14 percent in the last two years, according to industry analyst CAPA-Centre for Aviation.

    CAPA noted that Cebu Pacific, which over the weekend announced the arrival of a new Airbus A320, had 47 aircraft as of January 1, 2016.

    The new Airbus increased the fleet size to 48 and Cebu Pacific is expecting the delivery of another brand-new Airbus A320 within the week.

    With the two deliveries, the airline will be operating 8 A319s, 35 A320s, 6 A330s, and 8 ATR 72-500s.

    The 14-percent expansion made Cebu Pacific fourth among Southeast Asian budget airlines.

    Air Asia Philippines was in the 15th spot on CAPA’s list. The low-cost carrier as of January 1 had 13 aircraft.

    CebGo, an affiliate of Cebu Pacific which conducts domestic flights, was 18th in CAPA’s report, having eight aircraft in its fleet.

    Based on CAPA’s analysis, the wide-body segment among Southeast Asian low-cost carriers also grew at a fast rate of 37 percent.

    There are currently 52 wide-body aircraft operated by seven Southeast Asian low-cost carriers, including Cebu Pacific with six.

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