Cebu Pacific aircraft deliveries hit record 21

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Cebu Pacific aircraft deliveries hit record 21
Cebu Pacific recently accepted its ninth aircraft delivery this year, a brand new A321neo aircraft. Photo from Cebu Pacific.
  • Aircraft deliveries to Cebu Pacific in 2023 have climbed to a record high of 21 from 15, as the airline further improves its operational resilience amid growing demand for air travel
  • On July 27, the carrier took delivery of its ninth new aircraft this year, an Airbus A321neo (new engine option) that arrived in Manila from Airbus’ Delivery Centre in Hamburg
  • Of the 21 Airbus deliveries this year, 17 are NEOs and four are CEOs on short-term lease
  • Cebu Pacific says it aims to shift to a more fuel-efficient, all-NEO fleet by 2028

Cebu Pacific aircraft deliveries hit a record high of 21 for 2023 from 15 previously.

The carrier took delivery on July 27 of its ninth aircraft for 2023, a brand-new Airbus A321neo (new engine option), which arrived at Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila from Airbus’ Delivery Centre in Hamburg, Germany. The plane used blended sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) on its flight.

“This aircraft delivery allows us to increase our operational resilience while continuing to provide safe, reliable, and affordable air travel to our passengers,” Cebu Pacific chief strategy officer Alex Reyes said in a statement.

“Our ongoing refleeting with new-generation, fuel-efficient aircraft and our continued use of sustainable aviation fuel will also help our decarbonization efforts in making the aviation industry more sustainable,” Reyes added.

Of Cebu Pacific’s 21 expected aircraft deliveries this year, 17 are NEOs while four are CEOs (current engine option) on a short-term lease. The airline said it aims to shift to a more fuel-efficient, all-NEO fleet by 2028.

The airline received on June 30 a brand-new A320neo from Airbus’ final assembly line in Tianjin, China. The plane was powered by SAF with a blend of 41%, which Cebu Pacific said marks a major milestone for its sustainable aviation initiatives.

SAF is a drop-in fuel with similar characteristics as conventional jet fuel. It does not require any adaptations to the aircraft or engines and does not have any negative impact on performance. The use of SAF reduces carbon emissions by as much as 80% across the fuel’s lifecycle.

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