• Cebu Pacific seeks additional seats to Taiwan

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    LOW-COST carrier Cebu Pacific is seeking additional seat entitlements to Taiwan as part of a bid to expand its Taiwan market.

    In a filing with the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB), Cebu Pacific said it requested the allocation of an additional 5,850 weekly entitlements under the 2015 agreed minutes between the Manila Economic and Cultural Office in Taipei and Taiwan Economic and Cultural Office in Manila, which provides for unlimited frequency on any point in the Philippines, excluding Manila, to any point in Taiwan.

    It said the request is in addition to the 450 entitlements already allocated to Cebu Pacific.

    The airline said it is requesting for 1,260 seat entitlements each for the routes Clark to Taipei, Puerto Princesa to Taipei, Tagbilaran to Taipei, Davao to Taipei and Cebu to Kaohsiung.

    Cebu Pacific has the available aircraft to serve the routes with its current fleet of six Airbus A330s, 26 Airbus A320s, 10 Airbus A319s, and eight ATRs.

    “We are confident that with our signature low fares we will grow the Taiwan market and bring tourists and our fellow overseas Filipinos straight to our prime tourist destinations through our secondary gateways,” Cebu Pacific said.

    The request was undersigned by Mary Rose Grace Donato-Lim, manager, external affairs of Cebu Pacific.

    The carrier is also preparing to launch services to Hawaii and Guam before the end of 2015 as part of its program to expand its reach.

    Honolulu service
    The John Gokongwei-led airline is optimistic it will be able to launch services to Honolulu by the end of 2015.

    It is also aiming to launch flights from Manila to the US territory of Guam but this shorter route will be operated using Cebu’s A320s.

    Cebu Pacific is also interested in flying to Melbourne by the end of the year if it is able to secure additional traffic rights for Australia, the Center for Aviation (CAPA) said earlier.

    Cebu Pacific secured the certification in April 2015 and is now waiting for final approval from the US Transportation Security Administration (TSA), which has to complete an assessment of Manila Terminal 3 before Cebu Pacific can serve the United States.

    Cebu Pacific’s original business plan involved the purchase of eight Airbus A330s for its long-haul flights. But the company’s long-haul operation has been unprofitable.

    It can improve its capacity by maximizing the use of its six aircraft. The carrier also plans to use its A330-300 wide-body fleet to its flights to Hong Kong, Taipei and Tokyo.

    The carrier uses the A330 on one of its daily Singapore flights and plans to add a second wide-body to its Manila-Singapore, which is its largest international route.

    CEB’s 55-strong fleet is comprised of 10 Airbus A319, 31 Airbus A320, six Airbus A330 and eight ATR 72-500 aircraft. It is one of the most modern aircraft fleets in the world.

    Between 2015 and 2021, CEB will take delivery of seven more brand-new Airbus A320 and 30 Airbus A321neo aircraft.

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