Cebu Pacific also known as Cebu Pac, is the Philippines leading low-cost airline. The easyJet of the peninsular, they run local flights at a huge rate. But this is no static operation. This year Cebu Pacific new planes will be landing at Ninoy Aquino International Airport ready to go. It’s a major investment, but one most are saying will pay off.
What do you know about Cebu Pac?
For such an important airline, most travellers in the US and Europe have never heard of them or seen a Cebu Pac aircraft. So here’s a quick round up.
They’ve been operating since 1988. Since 2000, they’ve been an international operation flying to Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand, South Korea, Hong Kong, and Guam.
In 2006, Cebu Pacific announced a flight frequency increase for its Cebu-Hong Kong-Cebu route. Essentially offering one a day. This was a game changer as it meant business travellers could go direct to the airline, assured that there was a flight on the day required. The Cebu-Singapore-Cebu route then followed, going from four to six times a week in 2007.
There was the talk of opening up a US long-haul-flight as early as 2009 but the economic crash seems to have put a stop to this. Still, in 2008, Cebu Pacific was named the world’s best performing airline in terms of growth.
So what are they planning with the Cebu Pacific A320neo?
The overall goal is seen as a ramp-up. Cebu Pac have ordered two A321ceo, 32 Airbus A321neo, and six ATR 72-600 aircraft. And now, five new A320neos. Delivery of all the new fleet will begin this year and should be completed by 2022. The A320neo is one of the new look Airbus models and is in the ranks with the A321neo – the wide-bodied, long haul plane bought by easyJet.
The 5 new A320neo Cebu Pacific aircraft
The A320neo is a sleek, single aisle machine. The one waiting for Cebu Pacific will be equipped with the Pratt & Whitney PurePower PW1100G-JM. This geared turbofan engine has a maximum range almost as long as the A321neo. Incidentally, VietJet has also ordered one of these. Essentially, it could easily go long haul or anywhere within its 6,300 kilometres range. In addition, the high seat capacity means there is a 20% less fuel burn per passenger mile.
This range is especially important considering Cebu Pac’s geophysical location. Their long-range aspirations across the Pacific need serious machines to make that happen.
But their mode of acquisition is savvy too.
Cebu Pacific will acquire the 5 new A320neos on lease from Avolon Aerospace Leasing Limited. This Dublin-based firm is one of the largest aircraft leasing companies in the world. And it must be a partnership, which has worked well as the airline has received most of the fleet via the concern.
This fleet is the envy of many low-cost carriers too. The Cebu Pacific fleet is one of the youngest in the world, with an average age of just 4.8 years – practically brand new in aircraft years. All in all, many are seeing the new A320neo as a clear indication of the new long-haul offers about to come. So while you may not know the airline yet – all that seems about to change.