Cebu Pacific Adds Flights

Beginning April 1, Cebu Pacific (CEB) will add a daily flight from Manila to Tagbilaran for a total of 28 weekly flights.


CEB will be operating 51 weekly flights between Cebu and Davao, a gateway to the country’s southern islands, starting May 1.

Throughout the summer season, the airline will also increase weekly frequencies from Cebu to the following domestic destinations: Bacolod (up to 17 flights), General Santos City (up to 10), Kalibo (up to 17), Puerto Princesa (up to 22) and Zamboanga (up to 12).

“Those flying between Cebu and Iloilo can choose among 16 weekly flights, with some flights upgraded from ATR to Airbus A320 aircraft to increase the number of available seats. Within the first week of April, CEB also aims to meet robust passenger traffic in Visayas and Mindanao,” the company said.

Starting May 1, the carrier will add three weekly frequencies between Iloilo and Davao, two weekly frequencies between Davao and Zamboanga, and four weekly frequencies between Zamboanga and Tawi-Tawi.

Cebu Pacific is also beefing up its flights from Iloilo and Davao to Singapore. Starting today, the airline will add one flight per week from Iloilo to Singapore, and another flight per week from Davao to Singapore starting April 2. This means the airline’s Iloilo and Davao hubs will be operating three weekly flights each to Singapore.

Cebu Pacific Flies to Guam

Cebu Pacific’s inaugural Manila-Guam flight arrived Tuesday, giving travelers three airlines to choose from on the route.

Cebu Pacific Airlines' service between Manila and Guam
Image Source: Mark Scott/PDN

And with increased competition, Gov. Eddie Calvo said, Guam residents could see more affordable cost of travel, not just for vacations, but also for Guamanians to receive health-care services offered in the Philippines.

Philippines-based Cebu Pacific is scheduled to fly four flights a week between Guam and Manila.

Guam is the budget airline’s 30th international destination, and its first U.S. destination, said Candice Iyog, vice president of marketing and distribution for Cebu Pacific.

Tuesday’s welcome ceremonies for Cebu Pacific’s entry into the Guam market led some officials to reflect on Guam and the Philippines’ shared past.

Spain ruled the Philippines and Guam until the signing of the Treaty of Paris in 1898.

In that treaty, which the U.S. Senate ratified by a margin of one vote, Spain sold Guam and the Philippines to the United States for $20 million, according to the U.S. State Department’s Office of the Historian.

“It feels like home; it feels familiar,” Iyog said of some of her first impressions of Guam.

“We have a shared culture and history … we have similarities in culture,” she said at a ceremony welcoming Cebu Pacific at the A.B. Won Pat International Airport Guam terminal.

Philippine Consul General Marciano R. de Borja remarked that before airlines, Spanish galleons plied trade routes across the Pacific, including Guam and the Philippines.

Source: Gaynor Dumat-ol Daleno,

CAB Grants Additional Entitlement to Cebu Pacific

The Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) granted additional entitlements to Cebu Pacific to fly to United Arab Emirates, Taiwan and Russia.

These international flights include:

Caticlan, Clark, Davao, Puerto Princesa, Tagbilaran to Taipei.

Caticlan, Cebu to Kaohshiung

MNL to Taipei (10 weekly flights)

Cebu to Taipei (3x week)

Cebu Pacific was also designated as Philippine carrier to Russia, allowing 5J to fly from MNL to Moscow and Vladivostok (3x week).

The CAB approved Cebu Pacific’s request to be designated as the official carrier under the ASEAN Multilateral Agreement on Air Services (MAAS). As soon as the Philippines completes the ratification of the relevant protocols of MAAS, the airline can operate unlimited flights between capital cities within the ASEAN region.

Cebu Pacific’s Top 3 Routes: Mideast, Australia, Japan

Australia, the Middle East and Japan are Cebu Pacific Air (CEB)’s fastest growing, low-cost, long-haul routes for the first nine months of 2015, the flag carrier announced yesterday.

According to Australia’s Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics September 2014 to September 2015 data, CEB garnered a 38% market share on the Manila-Sydney route.


Since CEB entered the market in September 2014, overall traffic between MNL-SYD grew by 67%.

CEB’s Middle East growth was driven by the launch of Kuwait, Riyadh and Doha in recent months, as part of the airline’s expansion in the region.

To cater to the growing interest of Filipinos traveling to Japan, CEB expanded its network there via a direct Cebu-Narita (Tokyo) route beginning March this year. It will launch its Manila-Fukuoka route today (December 17, 2015).

In the Philippines, CEB was able to stimulate more travel between Manila and Tagbilaran (Bohol) with additional twice daily flight frequencies. It also stimulated travel between Cebu and Tandag, after the airline launched flights to this Surigao del Sur city in June, 2014.

Passengers for both routes grew by over 100% from January to September 2015, compared to the same period last year, making them the fastest growing domestic routes.

“As we take delivery of more aircraft in 2016, including brand-new ATR 72-600s for Cebgo, we look forward to serving more guests, creating more tourism and business opportunities to benefit the destinations we fly to,” according to CEB VP for Marketing and Distribution Candice Iyog.

The airline offers flights to a network of over 90 routes on 60 destinations, spanning Guam, Sydney, Dubai, Bali and Seoul. It operates flights from six Philippine hubs: Manila, Cebu, Davao, Iloilo, Clark and Kalibo.

CEB’s 55-strong fleet is comprised of 8 Airbus A319, 33 Airbus A320, 6 Airbus A330 and 8 ATR-72 500 aircraft. It is one of the most modern aircraft fleets in the world. Between 2016 and 2021, Cebu Pacific will take delivery of 5 more brand-new Airbus A320, 30 Airbus A321neo, and 16 ATR 72-600 aircraft.

Source: Emmie Abadilla,

Cebu Pacific Flies To Guam on 15 March 2016

Guam – Two new airlines are coming to Guam and they’re from two different countries: Philippines and South Korea.

Guam International Airport Authority Spokesperson Rolenda Faasuamalie says Cebu Pacific will soon be offering flights to and from Manila beginning March next year.

The inaugural flight from Manila to Guam has been scheduled for March 15 and the airline will be offering flights four times a week.

The airline had initial plans of offering flights to Guam before the end of this year, but it was delayed to next year.

Faasuamalie says a Cebu Pacific team is headed out to Guam to inspect facilities and scope office spaces.

Meanwhile, another Korean airline has its eyes set for Guam as well. Eastar Jet Airlines, according to Faasuamalie, has filed an application with the US Department of Transportation for scheduled or chartered services to Guam to begin offering flights in the summer of 2016.

If approved, Eastar Jet will be the sixth airline to offer flights to and from Guam and Korea.

Source: Janela Carrera,

Cebu Pacific Launches MNL-Fukuoka, CEB-Taipei, DVO-Singapore


Cebu Pacific Air is set to launch direct flights from Manila to Fukuoka, from Cebu to Taipei and from Davao to Singapore in one day, opening up new markets for tourism and business.

“We look forward to seeing the ‘Cebu Pacific effect’ in the new routes we will operate. We’ve seen time and again how connectivity and Cebu Pacific’s trademark low fares stimulated travel,” said Cebu Pacific Air VP for Marketing and Distribution Candice Iyog.

“It has always been our commitment to contribute to the country’s economic and tourism agenda. We will continue to develop our Philippine hubs to offer fast, affordable flights to more travelers across our network,” she said.

On December 17, first to be launched is Cebu Pacific’s direct Manila-Fukuoka thrice weekly service. The maiden flight departs Manila at 2:15pm and arrives in Fukuoka at 6:55pm. The return flight departs at 8pm and arrives at 10:40pm. Fukuoka is Cebu Pacific’s 4th destination in Japan after Osaka, Tokyo (Narita) and Nagoya.

The next launch is direct Davao-Singapore twice weekly service. The maiden flight departs Davao at 5:35pm and arrives in Singapore at 9:10pm. The return flight departs at 9:55pm and arrives at 1:40am. This is the airline’s first international route from Davao.

The last launch for the day is Cebu Pacific’s direct Cebu-Taipei thrice weekly service. The maiden flight departs Cebu at 9:45pm and arrives in Taipei at 12:25am. The return flight departs at 1:05am and arrives at 3:45am. This is Cebu Pacific’s 6th international route from Cebu. It also offers direct flights from Cebu to Hong Kong, Singapore, Incheon, Busan and Tokyo (Narita).

All three new routes will be operated with Airbus A320 aircraft. Cebu Pacific’s network now spans 63 destinations on 97 routes.


Cebu Pacific Seeks More Flights To Taiwan

MANILA – Cebu Pacific plans to mount flights to Taiwan from airports outside Manila.


Cebu Air Inc (CEB) has written the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) seeking 5,850 more weekly seats. These will be divided into 1,260 seats each for Clark, Cebu, Davao, Puerto Princesa and Tagbilaran.

At present, Cebu Pacific already enjoys 450 weekly seat entitlements.

The request comes after the Manila Economic and Cultural Office in Taipei and the Taiwan Economic and Cultural Office in Manila agreed to lift the cap on flights between any point in Taiwan and any point in the Philippines.

“We are confident that with our signature low fares will grow the Taiwan market and bring tourists and our fellow overseas Filipinos straight to our prime tourist destinations through our secondary gateways,” CEB external affairs manager Mary Rose Grace Donato-Lim said.

Source: Cassandra Lee,

Cebu Pacific Flies To Doha, Qatar

MANILA – Budget carrier Cebu Pacific launched on Thursday its twice a week non-stop flights between Manila and Doha, Qatar, becoming the only Philippine carrier flying between the two cities.

The non-stop service departs Manila every Monday and Thursday at 9:35 p.m., arriving in Doha at 2:45 a.m. the next day. The return flight departs Doha every Tuesday and Friday at 4:15 a.m., arriving in Manila at 6:35 p.m.

The lowest year-round fares between Manila and Doha start at P9,488, which Cebu Pacific said is approximately 60 percent lower than other airlines.

“We look forward to offering Cebu Pacific’s trademark low fares to travelers in Doha, especially since we are the only low-cost carrier operating this route. With our expanding network, Qatar becomes more accessible from the Philippines, and the Filipino community can reunite with their families more often,” said Alex Reyes, general manager for long-haul division at Cebu Pacific.

The new route utilizes the airline’s brand-new Airbus A330-300 aircraft, with a configuration of 436 all-economy class seats.

Wilfredo Santos, the Philippine Ambassador to Qatar, said Cebu Pacific’s presence in Qatar will not only benefit the more than 200,000 Filipinos, but also both Qataris and the country’s flourishing expat population.

Aside from Qatar, which has the third-largest Filipino community in the Middle East, Cebu Pacific is also serving United Arab Emirates via direct flights to Dubai, and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia via Riyadh.

CAPA: Cebu Pacific’s Long-Haul Operation. Part 1 The Middle East

Cebu Pacific Air is planning further expansion of its long-haul network in 2015 but, at least for now, has shelved plans for growing its widebody fleet beyond six aircraft. The Philippine LCC is wisely waiting to see how its long-haul operation, which had a load factor of only 53% in 4Q2014, matures before committing to more A330s or new-generation widebody aircraft.

Cebu Pacific took delivery of its sixth A330-300 in Mar-2015. The airline is currently using its widebody fleet to operate only four long-haul routesDubai, Kuwait, Riyadh and Sydney – but the type is also currently being used on three short-haul routes.

Manila-Doha is being launched as Cebu’s fifth long-haul route – and fourth to the Middle East – in Jun-2015. Cebu Pacific is also seeking additional traffic rights to the UAE which would be used to launch services to Sharjah. While the Middle East remains the main focus of Cebu’s long-haul unit, the LCC also aims to begin serving Honolulu by the end of 2015 and is keen to secure more Australia rights to enable the launch of services to Melbourne.

Cebu Pacific’s long-haul operation struggled in 4Q2014 as new routes were launched

Cebu Pacific launched its long-haul unit in 2013, when it took delivery of its first two 436-seat A330-300s and began services services to Dubai. Cebu Pacific did not launch its second long-haul route until Sep-2014, at which point it had a fleet of five A330-300s.

The airline initially focused primarily on using the A330 to increase capacity on domestic and regional international routes. This was a sensible approach given the initial performance on the Manila-Dubai route and the opportunities Cebu Pacific had to up-gauge short-haul flights from A320s to A330s.

Cebu Pacific’s long-haul division began a new chapter in early Sep-2014 as it launched four routes within a span of only five weeks – Dammam, Kuwait, Riyadh and Sydney. Not surprisingly the rapid network expansion proved to be challenging as new long-haul routes typically have a longer spool-up period than short-haul routes. Cebu Pacific also quickly realised Manila-Dammam was a particularly challenging route and decided to suspend Dammam from 30-Mar-2015.

Cebu Pacific reported in its 4Q2014 results presentation an average load factor across its five long-haul routes (including Dubai and the four new routes) of only 53% for 4Q2014. Cebu Pacific had a similar initial experience with the Dubai route after its Oct-2013 launch. Cebu Pacific recorded an initial load factor of only 36% in its first month of operating Manila-Dubai.

Performance on the Dubai route has gradually improved over time. For the full year in 2014 Cebu Pacific’s average load factor on long-haul routes was 61%. This mostly reflects its performance in the Dubai market as the UAE (Dubai or Sharjah, which was served temporarily during runway works at Dubai) accounted for more than 60% of total Cebu Pacific long-haul ASKs for the year.

Cebu Pacific’s long-haul operation incurred over USD20 million in losses in 2014

Cebu Pacific executives said during the carrier’s 4Q2014 results briefing that its long-haul operation incurred a loss of about PHP1 billion (USD23 million) in 2014. This includes continued losses on Manila-Dubai as well as start-up costs for Dammam, Kuwait, Riyadh and Sydney. The profits the A330s generated on short-haul routes, which Cebu Pacific stated were substantial, are not included in the PHP1 billion figure.

Cebu Pacific should continue to see improvements in Dubai and is confident it will also see gradual improvements in 2015 across the three new long-haul routes it has maintained. In the Manila-Dubai market Cebu Pacific should benefit from Emirates‘ reduction at the end of Jan-2015 from three to two daily flights.

Cebu Pacific currently operates one daily flight to Dubai, a schedule it plans to maintain although for some of 2014 it cut back to a less than daily schedule. Sydney, which was launched on 9-Sep-2015 with four weekly frequencies, is currently served with five weekly flights. Kuwait, which was launched on 2-Sep-2015 with three weekly flights, is currently served with four frequencies. Riyadh, which was launched on 1-Oct-2015, is served with three weekly flights. Dammam was also served with three weekly flights during the six months it operated (5-Oct-2014 to 30-Mar-2015).

According to Cebu Pacific’s online booking engine Sydney is being reduced back to four weekly frequencies in Jun-2015 as Cebu Pacific launches Doha, which will be served with two weekly flights from 4-Jun-2015.

Cebu Pacific’s A330 schedule on short-haul routes – which currently includes 17 weekly flights to Davao, four weekly flights to Cebu and one daily flight to Singapore – will remain unchanged in Jun-2015 (based on schedules in OAG).

But Cebu Pacific is planning to start using the A330 on more short-haul routes in 2H2015, which should enable the carrier to boost average aircraft utilization levels. CAPA will examine these plans and the overall use of the A330 fleet in the next installment in this series of reports.

Cebu Pacific sees opportunity in Qatar market

Competing in the Manila-Doha market could be challenging as Qatar has a much smaller community of Filipinos than Saudi Arabia or the UAE and a slightly smaller community than Kuwait. But Cebu Pacific is taking a low risk approach as it is launching Doha with only two weekly flights (all its other long-haul routes have launched with at least three weekly flights).

Cebu Pacific believes Doha is a relatively predictable market that could prove to be more easy to manage in the spool-up phase than its other Middle Eastern routes. Cebu Pacific is offering initial one-way fares including taxes on the Manila-Doha route from PHP3,558 (USD82), which should help stimulate demand among the Filipino expatriate population living in Qatar. Fares on its other three Middle East routes currently start at PHP5,558 (USD126) including taxes. (Checked bags, food and drinks are sold separately as Cebu Pacific follows a pure LCC model.)

PAL’s withdrawal from the Manila-Doha route, which it operated for about six months in late 2013 and early 2014, leaves a potential opening for Cebu Pacific. Qatar Airways also reduced capacity in late 2013 on the Manila-Doha route from two to one daily frequency. Qatar has since operated one daily flight to alternative airport Clark but Manila is generally considered a much more convenient airport for most Filipinos.

The shift of second frequency to Clark was necessary after Qatar ended an unusual codeshare arrangement with PAL, which enabled Qatar to use PAL’s traffic rights for its second Manila frequency although the flight was Qatar-operated. Emirates more recently was similarly forced to cut its third frequency to Manila after the same type of codeshare partnership with PAL ended. Cebu Pacific was a staunch opponent of these arrangements as Gulf rivals were able to use traffic rights intended for Philippine carriers.

Cebu Pacific is targeting a different sector of the Philippines-Middle East market from those of its Gulf competitors although there is obviously some overlap. Cebu Pacific is focusing almost entirely on migrant worker and visiting friends and relatives (VFR) traffic. In deciding in 2012 to establish a long-haul unit Cebu Pacific determined most of this traffic was flying between Manila and the Middle East on one-stop carriers. While Emirates, Etihad and Qatar carry a relatively large volume of Filipino workers based in the Gulf, they focus more on markets beyond their hubs, particularly the Philippines-Europe market.

Kuwait Airways, Oman Air and Saudia also serve Manila. Cebu Pacific competes against Kuwait Airways on the Manila-Kuwait route but Cebu Pacific is the only non-stop operator as Kuwait’s six times per week Manila service operates via Bangkok.

Oman Air launched services to Manila in late 2014, resulting in a new one-stop competitor in the Manila-Middle East markets served by Cebu Pacific. The new route from Oman has been successful but Oman Air is mainly focusing on the local Manila-Oman market and connections to Europe.

Cebu Pacific’s share of capacity in the Philippines-Saudi Arabia market drops to 13%

Saudia serves Manila from Jeddah, Riyadh and Dammam with a total of 12 weekly frequencies, according to current schedules in OAG. Saudia is a tough competitor as it focuses mainly on the local Philippines-Saudi Arabia market. PAL also competes in the Manila-Riyadh market, which it entered in late 2013 and currently serves five times per week.

Cebu Pacific currently accounts for only about 13% of non-stop seat capacity in the Philippines-Saudi Arabia market compared to about 38% for PAL and 49% for Saudia, according to CAPA and OAG data. Cebu Pacific briefly captured over 20% of capacity in this market while it operated to Dammam. Even with Cebu pulling out of Dammam total seat capacity in the Philippines-Saudi Arabia market has more than doubled since late 2013.

Cebu Pacific could bolster its position in the Philippines-Saudi Arabia market if it is able to implement a potential partnership with flynas. The Saudi Arabia-based LCC would give Cebu Pacific an opportunity to sell domestic connections beyond Riyadh, including Dammam.

Short-haul international connections are also possible beyond Riyadh. By using Riyadh to serve offline markets in the Middle East as well as parts of Eastern Europe Cebu Pacific could potentially increase capacity on Riyadh beyond the current three weekly flights.

Cebu Pacific seeks additional traffic rights for the UAE

A potential partnership with flynas as well as UAE-based LCC Air Arabia would enable Cebu Pacific to not rely entirely on the point to point market. While the business case for the Cebu Pacific long-haul unit was always based purely on local traffic the opportunity to provide connections beyond its Middle Eastern gateways should boost load factors and the overall performance of its long-haul operation, particularly during off-peak periods.

Cebu Pacific had a marketing tie-up with Air Arabia during its time serving Sharjah in mid-2014 while there was runway works in Dubai. As CAPA previously outlined, Cebu Pacific has since been keen to launch regular services to Sharjah, which would enable it to forge a more comprehensive and permanent partnership with Air Arabia.

The Sharjah flight would complement and not replace Dubai as Cebu Pacific sees Sharjah as a separate market with strong local demand from Filipinos working in that part of the UAE plus connections on Air Arabia.

Cebu Pacific is now in the process of applying for additional Philippines-UAE traffic rights, which it would use to launch services to Sharjah. The rights should be available as Filipino carriers are currently only using 18 of their 28 available weekly entitlements. This includes 11 weekly flights from the PAL Group and seven for Cebu Pacific. The PAL Group currently operates five weekly flights to Abu Dhabi and six weekly flights to Dubai, according to OAG. The Dubai flight was recently handed from PAL Express to PAL mainline, which already operated the Abu Dhabi route.

But there is no guarantee Cebu Pacific will receive additional traffic rights for the UAE. The PAL Group also is interested in increasing its capacity to the UAE. More flights to Abu Dhabi are likely for PAL given the flag carrier’s recently expanded codeshare partnership with Etihad. Currently Etihad operates two daily flights to Manila and is unable to expand on the route on its own as the UAE carriers are now fully utilising their 28 weekly entitlements (the restrictions are imposed from the Philippine side).

The PAL Group, which launched both Abu Dhabi and Dubai in 2H2013, currently has about a 24% share of non-stop seat capacity between the Philippines and the UAE. Cebu Pacific has a 17% share while Emirates has seen its share of the market drop to about 30%. Etihad also has nearly a 30% share of capacity in the Philippines-UAE market.

Total seat capacity in the Philippines-UAE market is currently up by about 33% compared to Apr-2013 but is down about 23% compared to Apr-2014. The reduction, which was driven mainly by the cut at Emirates, should leave an opening for further expansion by Cebu Pacific and/or PAL.

The Philippines-UAE market could potentially support more capacity, particularly during peak periods. Naturally it took time for the sudden surge in capacity by Filipino carriers from 2H2013 to be absorbed.

Cebu Pacific quickly gains a foothold in the Philippines-Middle East market; but challenges remain

In the broader Philippines-Middle East market, total non-stop seat capacity has increased by about 60% over the past two years. Cebu Pacific will account for about a 19% share of non-stop capacity in this market in Jun-2015, at which point it will be operating four routes to four countries in the region, compared to zero Jun-2013.

Cebu Pacific has a much larger share of the actual market as a majority of passengers carried by the three main Gulf carriers, which still account for about 40% of total capacity, are connecting to flights beyond the Middle East.

Cebu Pacific has been successful at securing a significant share of the Philippines-Middle East market in a relatively short period and has stimulated demand with its low fares. But Cebu Pacific’s operation in the Middle East, which was always the main target for its long-haul unit, has faced challenges and has so far been highly unprofitable.

Cebu Pacific is confident its long-haul operation will broadly break even in 2015. The airline expects an average load factor across its long-haul network in 2015 of more than 70%. Higher yields and lower fuel prices will also help drive the hoped for turnaround.

Cebu Pacific has already noticed a significant improvement on Dubai, Kuwait and Riyadh in 1Q2015. “My sense is we are over the hump with the long-haul operation,” says Cebu Pacific CEO Advisor Garry Kingshott.

The anticipated improved performance of the long-haul operation hinges on a significantly better performance in the Middle East market, which will account for approximately 75% of its long-haul capacity in 2015.

Cebu Pacific could potentially increase capacity to Australia (its only current long-haul destination outside the Middle East) and is planning to launch services to Hawaii, but not until late 2015.

Cebu Pacific is banking on the Middle East as it tries to prove it made the right decision in 2012 in taking the long-haul low-cost plunge. Given the reduction in fuel prices and the fact Cebu Pacific has now had plenty of time to iron out the initial kinks and get accustomed to the intricacies of the Middle East market, 2015 is likely to be a make or break year for the long-haul operation.

Source: CAPA,

Cebu Pacific Says Aloha Honolulu Very Soon


PHILIPPINE aviation regulators have allowed Cebu Pacific Air to fly longer than usual from the nearest airport, boosting prospects the budget carrier will mount new long haul flights including the US.

In a statement released yesterday, the Gokongwei-led airline said it has received certification for Extended Diversion Time Operations (EDTO) of up to 120 minutes.

EDTO, according to Cebu Pacific, refers to a set of rules introduced by the International Civil Aviation Organization for airlines operating twin-engine aircraft on routes beyond 60 minutes flying time from the nearest airport.

“The time refers to flight times between diversion airfields,” the airline said.

Cebu Pacific’s EDTO 120 certification “allows us to serve new long haul markets with a more direct route between airports,” Alejandro B. Reyes, Cebu Air, Inc. long-haul division head, said in the statement.

“This means considerable fuel savings, and the most optimal flight times for our passengers.”

Asked what long-haul routes Cebu Pacific plans to fly next, Mr. Reyes said in a mobile phone reply: “We are planning to operate flights within the US by yearend.”

To secure the certification, the budget carrier said it underwent a series of reviews by the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP).

“CAAP checked CEB’s compliance with additional special engineering and flight crew procedures in addition to the normal engineering and flight procedures. CEB pilots and engineering staff are now qualified and trained for EDTO,” Cebu Pacific said in the statement.

Last month, the budget carrier took delivery of its 6th new Airbus A330. The wide-body aircraft is third of five brand-new Airbus aircraft the airline is set to receive this year.

The budget airline now has a 55-strong fleet consists of 10 Airbus A319, 31 Airbus A320, 6 Airbus A330 and 8 ATR 72-500 aircraft.

Between 2015 and 2021, Cebu Pacific will take delivery of seven more brand-new Airbus A320 and 30 Airbus A321neo aircraft.

Shares of its operator Cebu Air, Inc. closed at P85.20 apiece, down 30 centavos or 0.35% on Tuesday.
Source: Chrisee Jalyssa V. Dela Paz,