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Cebu Pacific lands first Airbus A321neo

Richmond Mercurio - The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines — Budget carrier Cebu Pacific has taken delivery of its first Airbus A321neo in Germany which will boost its current fleet and allow it to expand further its Asia Pacific network.

The addition of the new A321neo complement Cebu Pacific’s current Airbus fleet which includes 43 A320 family aircraft and eight A330-300 widebodies.

Cebu Pacific has ordered 32 A321neo air­craft directly from Airbus, and will receive another five A320neo leased from Dublin-based Avolon to support the carrier’s ongoing fleet renewal program.

Airbus said the A321neo aircraft for Cebu Pacific features 236 seats in a single class configuration, with engines powered by Pratt and Whitney.

“Selected for their outstanding operational efficiency, comfort and range, these new generation single-aisle aircraft will allow the fast growing carrier to expand its Asia Pacific network,” aerospace manufacturing giant Airbus said.

Meanwhile, Cebu Pacific said it posted a new record for most number of passengers flown in a single day last Dec. 21 when a total of 68,284 passengers flew on 414 domestic and international flights of the carrier.

Cebu Pacific said the figure surpassed the previous record of 65,298 passengers flown on May 7, 2018.

“We are pleased to have enabled hundreds of thousands of passengers to make memories and moments during the yuletide season. We thank the airport authorities, our partners, stakeholders, and most of all, our staff for the effort to help serve the traveling public during the peak travel period. As passenger traffic continues to grow, we are committed to improving our service to make flying with Cebu Pacific more pleasant, safer and more efficient,” Cebu Pacific chief operating officer Michael Ivan Shau said.

On any given day, Cebu Pacific and Cebgo operate over 400 flights out of seven hubs in the Philippines – Manila, Clark, Iloilo, Kalibo, Cebu, Cagayan de Oro (Laguindingan) and Davao--to 37 domestic and 26 international destinations across Asia, Australia, the Middle East, and the US.

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