AIRLINE Cebu Pacific received its fourth aircraft delivery on July 17, 2022 of a brand-new Airbus A320neo that uses sustainable aviation fuel (SAF).
The newly arrived aircraft also used SAF during its delivery flight from Hamburg, Germany to the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila.
The company became the first low-cost carrier in Southeast Asia to incorporate the use of SAF into its operations when it took delivery of its third A330neo in May this year.
"We are happy to welcome another aircraft that uses sustainable aviation fuel on its delivery flight from Hamburg. This is a testament to how committed we are to our sustainable journey, which involves moving forward with our fleet modernization plans," Cebu Pacific Chief Strategy Officer Alex Reyes said, as Cebu Pacific intends to use it for the delivery of three more aircraft later this year.
SAF is a drop-in fuel, which means it is a completely interchangeable replacement for fossil fuels. The use of this fuel results in an up to 80-percent reduction in carbon emissions across the SAF lifecycle. It also does not require any modification to the aircraft and engines and does not have any negative impact on performance or maintenance.
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Cebu Pacific's sustainability goal is in line with global aviation's commitment to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. The airline has made various investments that enable it to become fuel-efficient in its operations to keep fares affordable for the passengers.