Cebu Pacific has placed an order for 16 Airbus A330neo aircraft. However, these aren’t any ordinary A330neos. In fact, they’ll be the densest A330neos to take to the sky. Cebu Pacific plans on outfitting their A330neos with a staggering number of seats.
Airbus announced that Cebu Pacific signed a Memorandum of Understanding, or MoU, for 16 A330neo aircraft at the Paris Air Show. This order also included five A320neo aircraft and 10 A321XLR aircraft. For engines, Cebu Pacific has selected the Rolls-Royce Trent 7000.
The most interesting part of the order was the number of seats Cebu Pacific plans to outfit on their A330neos. Cebu Pacific’s A330neos will seat 460 passengers in a single-class configuration. That is one dense A330.
Cebu Pacific is a low-cost carrier based in the Philippines. They fly to various destinations across Asia and even to points in Australia. Cebu Pacific plans on using the A330neo to phase out their A330ceo aircraft. Through this, Cebu Pacific will be able to increase capacity on select routes.
Currently, Cebu Pacific operates eight A330ceo aircraft. Overall, this represents an increase of eight widebodies in Cebu Pacific’s fleet at the conclusion of delivery. Lance Gokongwei, President and CEO of Cebu Pacific, had the following to say about the A330neo in a press release:,
“The A330neo will give us the lowest cost per seat and allow us to continue offering the lowest fares. Moreover, the lower fuel burn matched with higher seat density will allow CEB to address growing demand for leisure and business travel, by upgrading aircraft and maximizing available airport slots in Manila and other megacities we serve”
It seems that Cebu Pacific is going to selectively target routes for a capacity upgrade instead of using the aircraft to launch new routes. This indicates that Cebu Pacific will take a conservative approach instead of growing massively.
Personally, I like the A330 due to its 2-4-2 layout in economy. Cebu Pacific, on the other hand, is going for a tight 3-3-3 to maximize space and fit the maximum number of passengers. Legroom will likely be 30 inches (if not less).
This will make for one interesting long-haul. However, Cebu Pacific will likely use the A330neos on some high-density short-hauls which could be more manageable.
Low-cost carriers are known for high-density configurations (looking at you Ryanair). Cebu Pacific’s A330neos are no exception. These will be the most high-density A330s in the sky.
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