Cebu Pacific Air of the Philippines has taken delivery of its first Airbus A330-300 in a ceremony in Toulouse.
The aircraft is the first of four new Airbus A330-300 widebodies being leased by Cebu Pacific from New York-based lessor CIT Group Inc. and will be used to launch the carrier’s new long-haul, low-fare operations.
Cebu Pacific has specified a single-class, high-density seat layout for its A330 fleet, with each aircraft seating 436 passengers. The airline will initially operate the first aircraft on medium-haul regional routes, before launching its first long-haul service to Dubai in October.
“The delivery of our first widebody aircraft marks a milestone for Cebu Pacific,” said Lance Gokongwei, Cebu Pacific’s president and chief executive officer. “The addition of the highly efficient A330 to our fleet ultimately translates to unbeatable operating costs, enabling us to offer the lowest possible fares to our guests.”
Gokongwei added: “In addition, we will be the only Filipino carrier flying non-stop between Manila and Dubai, eliminating multiple stops or connecting flights.”
The new A330-300 will join an existing fleet of single-aisle Airbus A320-family aircraft flying with Cebu Pacific Air on its extensive domestic and regional network, currently covering 34 domestic and 22 international destinations across Asia.
In addition to its leased A330s, the carrier has 47 A320-family jets on firm order with Airbus for future delivery, including 30 Airbus A321neo aircraft.