A brand-new A321NEO aircraft, the eighth of 47 narrow-body orders from Airbus, has been delivered to Cebu Pacific
The A321NEO has 31% more seating capacity, delivers 20% fuel cost savings and cuts by nearly half its carbon footprint compared to older aircraft
The aircraft will be deployed on April 9 on various domestic routes
Seven more aircraft are to be delivered this year
Low-cost carrier Cebu Pacific has received a brand-new A321NEO (New Engine Option) aircraft, the eighth of 47 narrow-body orders from Airbus as the airline pursues its fleet expansion plans.
With a capacity of 236 seats, the A321NEO has 31% more capacity to allow for more seats, which are ergonomically designed to provide more legroom between rows, Cebu Pacific said in a statement.
All seats are also equipped with a USB port to enable passengers to charge their mobile devices in flight.
The Airbus A321NEO also delivers 20% fuel cost savings while offering significant environmental benefits, with nearly 50% reduction in carbon footprint compared to previous generation aircraft.
Cebu Pacific said it is expecting delivery of seven more aircraft, which consist of a mix of Airbus and ATR fleet, this year.
“Pre-pandemic, we have already started embarking on our long-term vision and fleet strategy, which includes an orderly exit of older aircraft. We envision the total (Cebu Pacific) fleet to be composed of new-generation aircraft in the next few years,” Cebu Pacific deputy chief finance officer Mark Cezar said.
The newest aircraft is set to enter service on April 9, serving various domestic routes.
To date, the Cebu Pacific fleet comprises 74 aircraft including eight A321NEO, 25 Airbus A320, seven Airbus A321CEO, five Airbus A320NEO, seven Airbus A330, six ATR 72-500, and 13 ATR 72-600. Its fleet also has two ATR freighters and one A330 freighter.