Cebu Pacific said on Thursday that it will offer direct flights between Manila and Dubai to serve about half a million Filipino working and living in the United Arab Emirates, using its second Airbus A330, which is second aircraft delivery this year, and offering 35 percent lower fares.
“Today, we mark another milestone for Cebu Pacific, as we celebrate the introduction of the Airbus 330-300 into Cebu Pacific’s growing fleet,” said Lance Gokongwei, chief executive officer and president of Cebu Pacific.
Gokongwei added that, “Since we started international operations, our focus has always been fly where Filipinos are. With our flights to Dubai, using Airbus A330 aircraft, we can bring Global Filipinos home faster, not just to Manila but wherever they may be in the Philippines.”
The airline’s nonstop, direct Manila to Dubai service will be the fastest way to reach Manila, and make same day connections with Cebu Pacific’s extensive Philippine route network.
“It’s the second A330-300 aircraft, we already signed list agreement for six all in all. So two for this year, we have three coming next year, first quarter and second quarter all for list, and the sixth [plane]will arrive in early 2015,” said Alex Reyes, general manager of the Long Haul Division of Cebu Pacific.
Gokongwei also said that, “I think at list prices that’s over $4 billion [ordered aircrafts].” The carrier also said that it is preparing for its removal from the European Union blacklist in November.
“Yah, we are planning to go to EU this November, as you know were planning to go in May, but we decided to delay that because we have no immediate plans to fly to Europe, but in November we will seek, we are going [to file]a formal presentation with the EU authorities and we are likewise working toward certain certification for Cebu Pacific,” Gokongwei said.
At present, the carrier’s 47-strong fleet is comprised of 10 Airbus A319, 27 Airbus A320, two Airbus A330 and eight ATR-72 500 aircraft. It is one of the most modern aircraft fleets in the world. Between 2013 and 2021, Cebu Pacific will take delivery of 15 more brand-new Airbus A320, 30 Airbus A321neo and four A330 aircraft.