Cebu Pacific To Receive Additional A330s in August 2014 and 1Q, 2015


Cebu Pacific Air GM long-haul division Alex Reyes, speaking at the CAPA Australia Pacific Aviation Summit, stated (06-Aug-2014) the airline acquired its A330-300 aircraft primarily to serve the Filipino expatriate population in the Middle East. The airline currently operates four A330s in a 436-seat configuration with nine-abreast seating and seat pitch of between 30 and 32 inches. The airline offers WiFi service on the aircraft and plans to roll out streaming to passenger devices in Aug-2014. The carrier will take delivery of one additional A330 in Aug-2014 and a sixth aircraft in 1Q2015.

Source: CAPA

Cebu Pacific To Receive 43 Airbus By 2021, Including A321neos

Cebu Pacific Air GM long-haul division Alex Reyes, speaking at the CAPA Australia Pacific Aviation Summit, stated (06-Aug-2014) the airline expects to take delivery of 43 new Airbus aircraft between 2014 and 2021 to support its network expansion and keep its average fleet age low. Deliveries include A321neo aircraft from 2017. The airline operated 50 aircraft with an average age of four years as of 30-Jun-2014.

Source: CAPA

Cebu Pacific Confirms Manila-Sydney Service in September 2014, Planning Additional Australia Services

Cebu Pacific Air GM long-haul division Alex Reyes, speaking at the CAPA Australia Pacific Aviation Summit, confirmed (06-Aug-2014) the airline will commence ManilaSydney service on 09-Sep-2014. Mr Reyes said bookings for the route are “quite good,” especially for the Dec-2014 travel period. The route is intended to serve the growing Filipino population in Australia and attract tourist traffic from Australia to the Philippines. The carrier will also promote connecting domestic services and routes to destinations in North Asia through Manila. Mr Reyes said the airline plans to commence additional services between Australia and the Philippines, dependent on increasing capacity allocations between the countries. Mr Reyes said the total allocation for all carriers between the countries is currently 6000 seats per week and the entire allocation for Philippine carriers is used by Cebu Pacific and Philippine Airlines.



Airbus Adds Seating Capacity For The A320 Family

In offering even more efficiency for airline operators, Airbus is increasing seating capacity for A320neo (new engine option) and A320ceo (current engine option) jetliners to 189 seats, while also adding 20 more seats for A321neo aircraft to accommodate 240 passengers in an efficient high-density, all-economy layout.

“We are supporting the higher seat count with intelligent means to give living space to passengers,” said Klaus Roewe, Airbus’ Senior Vice President – A320neo Programme. “These new A320 Family configurations do not compromise on comfort, as they retain the Airbus standard of 18-inch wide seats in economy.”

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To raise the A320’s capacity to 189 seats, Airbus has worked with airworthiness authorities to certify increased exit limits for the forward and aft doors on this version of the aircraft, taking advantage of exits that are significantly larger than the Type C requirements they were originally certified to.  Also incorporated are wider evacuation slides or slide/rafts.

For the A321neo, the use of state-of-the-art slim-line seats and a new exit door arrangement – along with the optimised “Space-Flex” rear cabin galley configuration and Smart-Lavatory design – will increase this stretched fuselage jetliner version’s passenger capacity to 240 passengers, all while retaining Airbus’ 18-inch wide seat standard for economy travellers.

Roewe explained that six or more seats are added by using the new exit door arrangement, which eliminates Door 2 and the first cross-aisle in the fuselage’s forward section, while also incorporating a new double over-wing exit and shifting Door 3 aft-ward by four frames – thereby reducing the area necessary to accommodate emergency exit rows in the aircraft.

“If you add this up, it results in an approximately six per cent fuel burn per seat reduction – only by incorporating more seats in the A321neo aircraft,” Roewe added.