Posted on: 17 June 2011 by Ross McSweeny
Cebu Pacific Air has ordered 30 Airbus A321neos (with 10 options) and seven A320s in the largest single aircraft order ever made by a Philippine carrier.
CEB turned into firm orders its existing options for seven Airbus A320s while the A321neos will be a first of the type to operate in the Philippines.
These new orders will be delivered between 2015 and 2021 and come on top of firm orders for 18 Airbus A320 aircraft to be delivered from the second half of 2011 until 2014.
“Cebu Pacific has made the largest firm order for the Airbus A321neo in the world. These 220-seater aircraft will be a real ‘game changer’ for Cebu Pacific because the A321neo will have a much longer range. We will be able to serve cities in Australia, India and Northern Japan, places the A320 cannot reach,” said Cebu CEO and president Lance Gokongwei.
“The aircraft will reduce our unit cost per seat to a level that cannot be achieved flying A320s. This means that Cebu Pacific will be able to offer even lower fares and be much more competitive with anyone flying less cost efficient aircraft. This will allow us to create highly skilled, highly paid airline jobs for Filipino pilots, cabin crew and airline staff,” added Gokongwei.