LONDON – Earlier this week saw Cebu Pacific announce the delivery of its fourth Airbus A330neo aircraft, which was welcomed in Manila, Philippines.
According to the airline, Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) was used on the delivery flight from Toulouse, France, which is becoming a more regular occurrence with Airbus’ deliveries.
Push For Sustainability…
Cebu Pacific said the following on its sustainability commitments:
“CEB’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 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 2028; 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.”
Adding onto this was Alex Reyes, Cebu Pacific’s Chief Strategy Officer:
“We are happy to take delivery of another aircraft powered by sustainable aviation fuel. We remain committed to our sustainability journey, and we will continuously push these eco-friendly initiatives to be the greenest airline in Asia”.
The Delivery Flight…
Data from RadarBox.com shows that RP-C3903 was the A330neo in question that was delivered to the Filipino carrier.
It departed Toulouse on November 5, 2022, at 1416 local time, before arriving in Manila on Sunday, November 6, 2022, at 1104 local time.
The 13-hour and 47-minute flight covered 6,006 nautical miles in total, showing off the range of the A330neo, even if it was empty.
There has been a quick turnaround in getting the aircraft ready for commercial services, as it has already operated its first rotation this week as well.
Cebu Pacific Needs The Aircraft
It’s clear that Cebu Pacific is in need of as many aircraft as it can get its hands on, especially through the expansion of its flights to Malaysia and other international regions.
Back in September, the carrier resumed its flights to Kota Kinabalu, bringing the number of its international destinations to 19.
Apart from Kota Kinabalu, Cebu Pacific also flies to the following international destinations:
Bali, Bangkok, Brunei, Dubai, Japan (Fukuoka, Narita, Nagoya, Osaka), Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, Seoul, Singapore, Sydney, Taipei, and Vietnam (Ho Chi Minh and Hanoi).
The Philippines carrier is currently operating at 88% of its pre-pandemic systemwide capacity. The airline flies to a total of 34 domestic and 19 international destinations.
It continues to implement a multi-layered approach to safety while it operates with a 100% fully vaccinated crew, 95% of whom have been boosted – all to ensure every Juan flies safely and conveniently on Cebu Pacific.
The airline recently welcomed the start of the festive ‘Ber Season’ with a range of special low-cost domestic and international flights.
For the region, the ‘Ber months’ – that is, September through to December – hold special cultural value as they mark the period of celebration and festivities.
People will typically want to engage in travel for vacations or to visit family and loved ones across the Ber Season. The resumption of return services to Malaysia’s Kota Kinabalu sits nicely with the ramp-up in demand as we enter the Ber Season, with its increased demand for travel.