Cebu Pacific Air recently took delivery of its fifth brand-new aircraft for 2013—an Airbus A320—that will make the carrier save about 4 percent on fuel and continue to offer lower fares to a wider market.
“Aside from the latest technology, our new Airbus aircraft will allow us to operate a more fuel-efficient fleet and become a more environment friendly airline,” said Candice Iyog, vice president for marketing and distribution of Cebu Pacific.
“This continuous delivery of brand-new aircraft will allow us to launch more destinations and flights, and offer our trademark lowest fares to a wider market,” she added. Cebu Pacific operates one of the youngest fleets in Asia, and one of the most modern in the world. Average fleet age is at 3.97 years.
All A320 aircraft delivered this year are equipped with Sharklets, which are wing-tip devices that allow airless to save up to 4 percent on fuel consumed. Cebu Pacific is the first and only Philippine operator of aircraft with Sharklet-equipped aircraft.
Other deliveries include two Airbus A320s in the first quarter of this year, one Airbus A330 in June and one more Airbus A320 this July. Cebu Pacific now operates a fleet of 46 aircraft.
Between 2013 and 2021, the airline will take delivery of 15 more Sharklet-equipped Airbus A320 and 30 Airbus A321neo aircraft, as well as five Airbus A330 aircraft on operating lease agreements.
Since its inception in 1996, the low-cost carrier has flown over 75 million passengers. It will pioneer direct flights between Manila and Phuket on August 16, and direct low-cost flights between Manila and Dubai on October 1.
Cebu Pacific operates the most extensive route network in the Philippines and offers flights to 22 international destinations—Bali, Bangkok, Beijing, Brunei, Busan, Dubai, Guangzhou, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh, Hong Kong, Incheon, Jakarta, Kota Kinabalu, Kuala Lumpur, Macau, Osaka, Phuket, Shanghai, Siem Reap, Singapore, Taipei and Xiamen.