Cebu Pacific has taken delivery of its first A330neo as it begins its widebody fleet modernisation programme.
The aircraft is configured with 459 seats in single-class layout and will be operated by the airline on trunk routes within the Philippines and the rest of Asia, as well as on longer range services to Australia and the Middle East.
The A330neo offers versatility for a wide range of routes from shorter regional services to medium and long haul operations.
Altogether Cebu Pacific has ordered 16 A330neo, and also has 16 A320neo and 22 A321neo outstanding to be delivered. The low-cost carrier currently operates 50 Airbus aircraft, comprising 43 A320 Family and 7 A330ceo.
The aircraft is powered by Rolls-Royce’s latest-generation Trent 7000 engines and features a new composite wing with increased span for enhanced aerodynamics.
Simon Hanson, Avolon Head of APAC, commented: “We are delighted to deliver our first A330neo aircraft to Cebu Pacific, which continues our long standing and deep partnership with the Cebu Pacific management team.
“The high-performance and fuel efficiency of the A330neo aircraft will help position Cebu Pacific to successfully scale up its operations and meet the capacity demands in its markets, further consolidating its position as one of Asia Pacific’s leading low-cost carriers.
“With the aviation recovery well underway, we are seeing strong demand for aircraft in all key markets.
“We have an attractive forward orderbook of over 240 new technology and fuel efficient single and twin-aisle aircraft.
“These aircraft can help support airlines as they exit the pandemic and begin to position themselves for a robust recovery.”
Alex Reyes, Cebu Pacific Chief Strategy Officer, said: “We are delighted to partner once again with Avolon on the first of 8 A330neo deliveries.
“Cebu Pacific’s first A330neo brings us closer to our target of having an all-Neo fleet by 2027, and shows our commitment to making air travel accessible, while ensuring environmental and social sustainability.”