Cebu Pacific Air of the Philippines has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Airbus for the purchase of 30 A321neos and has exercised existing options for seven more standard A320s, increasing to 41 its total firm orders for the Airbus single-aisle family.
The aircraft will join an existing fleet of A319s and A320s flying on Cebu Pacific’s fast-growing domestic and regional network.
Cebu Pacific Air hasn’t yet announced its engine choice for the A321neos. The new engines types offered on the A320neo family are CFM International’s LEAP-X1A engine and Pratt & Whitney’s PurePower PW1100G. All of Cebu Pacific’s existing A320-family jets are powered by CFM56-5B engines.
“The A320 family has played a key role in enabling us to build an efficient, profitable, value-based business,” says Lance Gokongwei, Cebu Pacific’s president and CEO. “The addition of more A320s and the A321neo allows us to expand further in the Asia-Pacific region, and continue offering our trademark low fares.”
Cebu Pacific’s network covers 33 domestic and 16 international destinations, including Osaka, Seoul Incheon, Beijing, Jakarta, Bangkok and Singapore.
The A321neo is the largest model in the recently launched Airbus A320neo family, which incorporates new engines and large wing tip devices called sharklets. Airbus says the advances will deliver fuel savings of 15 per cent and additional range capability of over 500 nautical miles (950 kilometers), or the ability to carry two tonnes more payload at a given range.
For the environment, the fuel savings translate into some 3,600 tonnes less CO2 per aircraft per year. In addition, the aircraft will provide a double-digit reduction in NOx emissions and reduced engine noise.
Since launching the A320neo family last December, Airbus has already received firm orders and MOU commitments (regarded in the airline industry as the next-most-solid commitment to a firm order itself) for 352 examples of A320neo-family jets.
More than 7,000 A320-family aircraft have already been ordered and more than 4,700 delivered to more than 330 customers and operators worldwide. According to Airbus, the A320neo series will have over 95-per-cent airframe commonality with existing A320-family models, enabling it to fit seamlessly into existing A320 family fleets.