Cebu Pacific (CEB), the Philippines’ largest carrier welcomed the arrival of a brand-new Airbus A321NEO (New Engine Option) aircraft on 2 April 2021. This latest delivery is the eighth out of CEB’s 47 narrow-body orders from Airbus, in line with the carrier’s fleet expansion plans. With a capacity of 236 seats, the A321NEO has 31 percent more capacity that allows for more seats without compromising on cabin comfort. Its seats are ergonomically designed by world-renowned manufacturer Recaro, which provide more legroom between rows. All seats are also equipped with a USB port that enables passengers to charge their mobile devices inflight.
The Airbus A321NEO delivers 20 percent fuel cost savings while offering significant environmental benefits with nearly 50 percent reduction in carbon footprint compared to previous generation aircraft. CEB’s newest aircraft is set to enter service on 9 April 2021, to serve various domestic routes. In addition to this A321NEO, CEB is expecting delivery of seven additional aircrafts in 2021, which will be a mix of Airbus and ATR fleet.
To date, the Cebu Pacific 74-strong fleet is comprised of eight A321NEOs, 25 Airbus A320s, seven Airbus A321CEOs, five Airbus A320NEOs, seven Airbus A330s, six ATR 72-500s, and 13 ATR 72-600s aircraft. Its fleet also has two ATR freighters in addition to one A330 freighter.
“Pre-pandemic, we have already started embarking on our long-term vision and fleet strategy, which includes an orderly exit of older aircraft. We envision the total CEB fleet to be composed of new-generation aircraft in the next few years,” said Mark Cezar, Cebu Pacific deputy chief finance officer.