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From L-R: Manuel Antonio Tamayo, Department of Transportation Undersecretary for Aviation; Lance Gokongwei, President and CEO of Cebu Pacific; Jean Francois Laval, Airbus Executive Vice President for Sales in Asia; His Excellency Nicholas Galey of the Embassy of France to the Philippines and Micronesia. Photo courtesy of Cebu Pacific.

Low-cost carrier Cebu Pacific is set to receive 12 brand-new aircraft in 2019 to support expansion plans for this year.

The aircraft deliveries include six Airbus A321neo; five A320neo; and an ATR 72-600, Cebu Pacific said in a statement. The carrier is allocating US$650 million to $700 million this year in capital expenditure to partly finance aircraft acquisition, Cebu Pacific president and chief executive officer Lance Y. Gokongwei said.

“2019 is the year we accelerate growth. On average, we will be receiving one brand-new aircraft per month which we can use to increase capacity in key markets or even launch new routes. For 2019, we expect capacity to grow from low to mid-teens,” Gokongwei said.

The A321neo boasts of 236 seats, or 56 seats more than the A320, to expand capacity by 31% and enable Cebu Pacific to offer more seats and maximize airport slots. The aircraft is capable of operating routes in excess of 5,000 kilometers or fly for up to seven hours, allowing explorations of new destinations like India, Russia, northern Japan, and more cities in Australia.

The Cebu Pacific fleet is currently comprised of an A321neo, 36 A320, seven A321ceo, eight A330, eight ATR 72-500, and 12 ATR 72-600 aircraft.

The carrier claims to have one of the youngest fleets in the world, with an average fleet age of five years.

“Cebu Pacific is expanding rapidly and plays an important part in the transformation of the Philippines’ aviation sector and has played a key role in supporting tourism, trade and business links between the Philippines, the Asia-Pacific and the Middle East,” Airbus executive vice president for sales in Asia Jean Francois Laval said.

Cebu Pacific is aiming to fly 200 million passengers by 2020 as it expands its route network and upgrades to a bigger, more fuel-efficient aircraft fleet. In late 2017, t he carrier hit the milestone of having flown 150 million passengers since its inception.

Cebu Pacific and subsidiary Cebgo fly to 36 domestic and 26 international destinations, with over 107 routes spanning Asia, Australia, the Middle East, and the U.S.

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