Cebu Pacific Leads in Plane Purchases


MANILA, Philippines – Budget airline Cebu Pacific has the most aggressive refleeting strategy among all of the low cost carrier (LCCs) in Southeast Asia as it changes its aircraft type, think tank Center for Asia Pacific Aviation (CAPA) said.

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Cebu Pacific has ordered 30 twin-engine Airbus A321neos, and the first batch of three would replace the existing A320neos as leases expire in 2017.

“The replacement is an important component of the Cebu Pacific long term strategy to continue expanding at its Manila hub without increasing the number of flights. Manila is currently operating at capacity and very few – if any – additional slots are expected to become available over the next several years,” it said.

Early this year, aircraft manufacturer Airbus announced the A321neo would be able to accommodate up to 240 seats, allowing Cebu Pacific to increase capacity on flights by 33 percent and result in better utilization of its Manila slots.

The airline is also planning to phase out its A319 fleet over the next couple of years with four A319s exiting next year and replacing it with A320.

It also eyes to launch one or two new long-haul routes in 2016 without increasing the size of its A330 fleet but will continue to allocate the equivalent of at least one A330 to the short haul market.

“Cebu Pacific has not yet committed to expanding its wide-body fleet. However, any decision to lease additional A330s would most likely be driven by opportunities to up-gauge more short haul flights rather than expand its long haul network,” CAPA said.

Furthermore, the leading Philippine LCC plans to up-gauge its twin-engine ATR72 turboprop short-haul regional aircraft to A320s. Regional subsidiary Cebgo will redeploy its Manila-based turboprops to point to point regional routes, where the group sees opportunities for expansion.

Cebu Pacific placed orders last June for 16 ATR 72-600s in the new 78-seat high density configuration replacing Cebgo’s current fleet of eight 72-seat ATR 72-500s.

CAPA said LCCs in Southeast Asia are starting to respond to growing infrastructure constraints at several airports in the region by up-gauging aircraft since the use of larger and higher density narrow-body aircraft is logical as it maximizes the use of precious slots.

“The prospect of the fleet more than doubling in size over the next decade plus an increase in average aircraft size will have a significant impact on the capacity balance in the market,” it said.

According to the CAPA Fleet Database, there are 23 LCCs in the region that operate a combined fleet of over 600 aircraft including 49 wide-body aircraft, 477 narrow-body jets and 75 turboprops.

Source: http://www.stardailystandard.com

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CAPA: ATR Receives EASA Certification for High Density ATR 72-600


The high-density seating configuration option for the ATR 72-600 aircraft has received its certification from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA).

Using the existing airframe, the new high density configuration option is achieved by optimizing the pitch and adjusting forward cargo compartment, bringing the aircraft maximum capacity from 74 to 78 seats. ATR’s greater passenger capacity further enhances airline revenue potential. The option will also be available as a retrofit.

Cebgo was the first airline to choose the high-density seating, in a deal for sixteen new ATR 72-600s announced at the Paris Airshow earlier this year. The first aircraft in the 78-seat layout will enter commercial service in August 2016. The additional seats are very valuable for airlines operating in the regions where traffic grows rapidly and the demand is highly sensitive to fare.

“The demand comes from airlines, especially in the Southeast Asian market, requesting to further optimize the cabin space and to increase the number of available seats for regional flights,” says Thierry Casale, ATR Senior Vice President Programmes. “With the lowest seat-mile cost in the regional market and unparalleled operating economics, the 78-seat ATR 72-600 turboprop is a perfect combination between comfort and efficiency.”

Source: CAPA, http://centreforaviation.com

Cebu Pacific Transforms Cebgo To An All-Prop Operation


Cebu Pacific Air (5J, Manila) President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Lance Gokongwei, has outlined the airline’s longterm plans which will see all jet operations eventually being consolidated under Cebu Pacific while all turboprop operations will be placed under its Cebgo (DG, Manila) subsidiary.

Speaking at Cebu’s annual stockholders meeting in Manila this week, Gokongwei said that between now and 2022, the Filipino carrier would retire a total of twenty-one aircraft including six A319-100s (to be sold to Allegiant Air (G4, Las Vegas McCarran) this year), seven A320-200s whose leases will expire from 2016 to 2019, and eight ATR72-500s to be retired between 2017/18.

The CEO said Cebu’s recent order for sixteen ATR72-600s (with options for an additional ten of the type) would allow the carrier to establish new bases around the country thus alleviating pressure on its Manila hub.

“Our main opportunity is that only 29 or 30 of the 90 airports in the Philippines are jet capable. There are a lot of islands and communities that cannot be reached by jet,” Gokongwei said. “And second, there’s a limitation of slots in Manila. I think the big market is really connecting these communities or secondary cities directly with the turboprop aircraft which is a prudent aircraft.”

Among the cities mentioned as possible candidates for bases include Cebu, Davao, Iloilo, and Caticlan.

To cope with its growth plans, Gokongkwei said Cebu has increased its capital expenditure to USD280 million this year to fund the airline’s fleet acquisition.

Source: http://www.ch-aviation.com

Cebu Pacific To Begin Cebgo Route Transfer Next Month


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Cebu Pacific Air (5J, Manila) will begin transferring some of its domestic network to its Cebgo (DG, Manila) subsidiary with effect from September of this year. According to AirlineRoute, flights from Manila to Busuanga, Caticlan, and Naga will begin from September 25 onwards while Laoag will switch from October 1.

Thereafter, effective October 1 through to October 26, Cebgo will begin operating the following flights out of Cebu: Caticlan, Dipolog, Siargao, Tacloban, Camiguin, Tandag, Butuan, Dumaguete, Iloilo, Legaspi, Ozamis, Pagadian, Surigao, Cagayan de Oro Laguindingan, and Bacolod.

Flights from Davao to Cagayan will also switch from early October onwards.

Formerly Tigerair Philippines (DG, Clark), Cebgo will be transformed into an all-turboprop operation following an order for sixteen ATR72-600s (with options for an additional ten) placed with Avions de Transport Régional (Toulouse Blagnac) earlier this year.

Cebgo Transitions Into An All-Prop Airlines


Cebu Pacific Air (5J, Manila) President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Lance Gokongwei, has outlined the airline’s longterm plans which will see all jet operations eventually being consolidated under Cebu Pacific while all turboprop operations will be placed under its Cebgo (DG, Manila) subsidiary.

Speaking at Cebu’s annual stockholders meeting in Manila this week, Gokongwei said that between now and 2022, the Filipino carrier would retire a total of twenty-one aircraft including six A319-100s (to be sold to Allegiant Air (G4, Las Vegas McCarran) this year), seven A320-200s whose leases will expire from 2016 to 2019, and eight ATR72-500s to be retired between 2017/18.

The CEO said Cebu’s recent order for sixteen ATR72-600s (with options for an additional ten of the type) would allow the carrier to establish new bases around the country thus alleviating pressure on its Manila hub.

“Our main opportunity is that only 29 or 30 of the 90 airports in the Philippines are jet capable. There are a lot of islands and communities that cannot be reached by jet,” Gokongwei said. “And second, there’s a limitation of slots in Manila. I think the big market is really connecting these communities or secondary cities directly with the turboprop aircraft which is a prudent aircraft.”

Among the cities mentioned as possible candidates for bases include Cebu, Davao, Iloilo, and Caticlan.

Eine ATR72-600 in den Farben der Cebu Pacific

To cope with its growth plans, Gokongkwei said Cebu has increased its capital expenditure to USD280 million this year to fund the airline’s fleet acquisition.

Source: http://www.ch-aviation.com

Tigerair is now Cebgo


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THE airline formerly known as Tigerair Philippines is signalling a change in fortunes and direction through its rebrand to Cebgo, the budget carrier announced yesterday.

Acquired in its entirety by Cebu Pacific Air (CEB) in March 2014, Tigerair Philippines will now operate as Cebgo and continue to fly from Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 4 and Clark International Airport to its 16 destinations.

Cebgo’s new identity includes a new logo in CEB colours to reflect its ties to parent company CEB, and flight and ground crew will don Cebgo uniforms in the near future.

“The new Cebgo brand clearly identifies us as part of the CEB group, and streamlines our operations further. Cebgo will continue to leverage on CEB’s distribution channels and network, and work together to serve more guests,” said Michael Ivan Shau, Cebgo president and CEO, in a press release.

Following CEB’s acquisition of the LCC in March last year, Cebgo has trimmed its financial losses and introduced 10 new services.

The airline has 55 aircraft in its fleet and is scheduled to take delivery of seven more Airbus A320s and 30 Airbus A321neo aircraft by 2021.