Aviation think tank CAPA, Centre for Aviation, said that Philippine low cost carrier Cebu Pacific (5J) is evaluating the acquisition of either Airbus 350 or Boeing 787 for its nonstop PH-US flights. Both the A350 and B787 are larger and long-range aircraft.
According to CAPA Analysis, Cebu Pacific is now entering the next phase of its longhaul plan after the delivery of its seventh and eight A330-300 this December 12, 2016 and January 2017 respectively. These A330s are currently deployed primarily for its Middle East and Australia flights.
This ‘next phase’ looks at larger planes with longer range. This makes the A350 and B787 the most ideal aircraft. By third quarter of 2017, 5J is set to offer formal invitations to both Airbus and Boeing.
No official word or announcement yet from Cebu Pacific when the CAPA Analysis was released yesterday.
Currently, national carrier Philippine Airlines has no competition in the lucrative direct PH-US trans-Pacific flights.