Cebu Pacific receives 6th aircraft delivery this year

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Cebu Pacific receives 6th aircraft delivery this year
Cebu Pacific ATR 72-600 photo from ATR.
  • Cebu Pacific recently received a new ATR 72-600, its sixth aircraft delivery for the year
  • The new aircraft, which arrived in Manila on June 5, brings the low-cost carrier’s turboprop fleet to 15, with the 16th expected to arrive in October
  • It will be used to service inter-island routes
  • The ATR 72-600 is one of the latest generation of twin engine turboprop airliners produced in France and Italy by manufacturer Avions de Transport Regional

Cebu Pacific (CEB) recently received a new ATR 72-600, its sixth aircraft delivery for the year, for use on inter-island routes.

The aircraft, which arrived in Manila on June 5, brings the low-cost carrier’s turboprop fleet to 15, with the 16th expected to arrive in October.

“With this, CEB will be operating the largest turboprop fleet in the Philippines, enabling us to serve more passengers across the country,” Cebu Pacific chief executive Michael Szucs said in a statement.

“With more than 7,100 islands in the Philippines, our commitment to serve passengers traveling between inter-island destinations require us to invest in turboprop aircraft,” Szucs added.

The airline’s fifth aircraft delivery for 2024, an Airbus A320neo, arrived at Ninoy Aquino International Airport on May 21.

READ: Cebu Pacific receives 5th aircraft for 2024

Some of the destinations that can only be accessible by turboprop and smaller aircraft include Camiguin, Calbayog, Siargao, Masbate, Surigao, Busuanga, and Naga.

Cebu Pacific currently operates its turboprop fleet in 25 domestic destinations, servicing almost 2.5 million passengers yearly.

The airline said the ATR 72-600 is one of the latest generation of twin engine turboprop airliners produced in France and Italy by manufacturer Avions de Transport Regional (ATR). It is used by multiple airlines worldwide as a regional aircraft.

The aircraft can access short, narrow and unpaved runways and can handle steep approaches and high- altitude landings and takeoffs. It carries 78 passengers and has a maximum range of 1,300 kilometers depending on payload.