Cebu Pacific finalizes order for 16 A330neo
Cebu Pacific (CEB), a carrier based in the Philippines, signed a firm order with Airbus for 16 long-range A330neo aircraft. The order firms up the wide-body portion of a previously announced Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), which also includes commitments for 10 A321XLR and five A320neo single-aisle aircraft.
Airbus explains the A330neo ordered by Cebu Pacific is a higher-capacity version of the A330-900, with up to 460 seats in a single-class configuration. Cebu Pacific plans to operate the aircraft on trunk routes within the Philippines and the rest of Asia, as well as on longer range services to Australia and the Middle East.
“The A330neo is integral to our fleet modernisation program,” said Lance Gokongwei, CEO, Cebu Pacific. “With this purchase, we aim to reduce our fuel emission and build a more sustainable operation. This will also give us the lowest cost per seat, at the same time enabling CEB to increase seat capacity and maximize valuable airport slots in Manila and other Asian megacities.”
The A330neo Family, building on the existing A330 Family, incorporates the latest-generation Trent 7000 engines from Rolls-Royce and a new wing. Airbus states the aircraft offers a reduction in fuel consumption of 25 per cent when compared with older generation competing products, as well as an extended range capability of up to 8,000 nautical miles (15,000 kilometre).