Budget carrier Cebu Pacific Air recently signed operating lease agreements for two brand-new Airbus A330-300 aircraft with Intrepid Aviation to strengthen
its expansion to other regions.
“With our A330 fleet strengthened by this lease agreement, we will continue exploring other regions we can serve, such as the Middle East, Australia, parts of Europe and the US,” said Alex Reyes, general manager for the Long-Haul Division of Cebu Pacific.
Intrepid Aviation is a US-based commercial aircraft lessor to passenger and freight airline operators worldwide.
Cebu Pacific’s additional Airbus A330-300 aircraft will be delivered from 2014 to 2015, and will be powered by Rolls-Royce Trent 772B engines. By 2015, the airline will operate a total of six brand-new Airbus A330-300 aircraft.
Earlier, the Gokongwei-led carrier said that it will launch its long-haul operations with direct daily Manila-Dubai services on October 7, 2013. The Airbus A330-300 aircraft will allow it to fly to farther destinations, beyond the range of its Airbus A320 fleet.
Since its inception in 1996, the carrier has flown over 75 million passengers. It also posted a good track record in stimulating short-haul travel of passengers around Asia, with an 11-percent system-wide passenger growth in 2012.
Currently, Cebu Pacific offers flights to 22 international destinations, namely Bali, Bangkok, Beijing, Brunei, Busan, Dubai, Guangzhou, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh, Hong Kong, Incheon in Seoul, Jakarta, Kota Kinabalu, Kuala Lumpur, Macau, Osaka, Phuket, Shanghai, Siem Reap, Singapore, Taipei and Xiamen. It also operates the most extensive network in the Philippines with 34 domestic destinations and hubs in Manila, Cebu, Clark, Kalibo, Iloilo and Davao.
“These additional wide-body aircraft will allow us to offer Cebu Pacific’s trademark lowest fares to even more passengers,” Reyes said.