LONDON – Philippines’ carrier Cebu Pacific has upgraded its flights to Tacloban, Dumaguete, and Butuan to bigger aircraft. Now carrier uses Airbus A320neo to satisfy higher demand brought about by relaxed restrictions and pent-up desire to travel.
The new Airbus A320neo is an environmentally friendly aircraft with less fuel emission and reduced noise. It features all economy 188 seats which are equipped e.g. with USB ports that allow passengers to charge their devices.
Cebu currently flies up to six times daily between Manila and Tacloban. For the Cebu-Tacloban route, the airline flies twice daily every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday, and three times daily every Monday and Friday.
Carrier has also started utilizing the A320neo aircraft for Dumaguete and Butuan. At present, CEB flies four times daily between Manila and Dumaguete. The airline flies daily between Cebu and Dumaguete every Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday, and twice daily every Monday, Thursday and Friday.
Now CEB flies six times daily between Manila and Butuan. For the Cebu-Butuan route, CEB operates twice daily every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday; and three times daily every Wednesday and Sunday.
“We recently added more seats using our new A320neo as we see increasing demand. This upgrade will accommodate more passengers and carry more cargo,” said Xander Lao, Chief Commercial Officer at Cebu Pacific. “We are the airline that serves these three destinations the most, which encourages trade and tourism in the Visayas and Mindanao,” adds Lao.
Cebu welcomes A320neo powered by sustainable aviation fuel
Cebu Pacific received in July its fourth aircraft delivery for 2022. It was a brand-new A320neo that used sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) on its delivery flight from Hamburg to the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) in Manila.
CEB became the first low-cost carrier in Southeast Asia to incorporate the use of SAF into its operations when it took delivery of its third A330neo in May this year.
“We are happy to welcome another aircraft that used sustainable aviation fuel on its delivery flight from Hamburg. This is a testament to how committed we are to our sustainable journey, which involves moving forward with our fleet modernization plans,” said Alex Reyes, Chief Strategy Officer at Cebu Pacific.
Cebu intends to use SAF for the delivery of three more aircraft later this year.
SAF is a drop-in fuel, which means it is a completely interchangeable replacement for fossil fuels. The use of SAF results in an up to 80% reduction in carbon emissions across the SAF lifecycle. SAF does not require any adaptations to the aircraft or engines and does not have any negative impact on performance or maintenance.
Cebu Pacific’s sustainability goal is in line with global aviation’s commitment to achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2050. The airline has made various investments that enable it to become fuel-efficient in its operations to keep fares affordable for the passengers.
The airline’s three major pillars on its sustainable journey are fleet modernization which aims, among others, to have an all-Neo fleet by 2027; resource optimization, which includes pushing for fuel efficiency best practices; and utilizing SAF by launching green routes by 2025 and using SAF for its entire network by 2030.
Cebu Pacific operates the widest domestic network in the Philippines covering 34 destinations, on top of its 18 international destinations. Cebu fleet consists now of 69 aircraft: 16 ATRs 72-600, 20 airbus A320-200s, eight A320neos, seven A321s, 10 A321neos, five A330-300s and three A330-900neo. Airline waiting for delivery of 47 aircraft: 13 A320neos, 11 A321neo, 10 A321XLRs and 13 A330-900neo.