Posted on: 22 September 2016 by Mark Howells
Cebu Pacific Air (CEB) has taken delivery of the first ATR 72-600 High Capacity aircraft configured with 78 seats, ten more than the standard configuration of the aircraft.
CEB will progressively replace its current fleet of eight ATR 72-500s – which are configured with 72 seats – with a fleet of 16 new ATR 72-600s in the High Capacity configuration.
The carrier signed an agreement for 16 ATR 72-600s plus options for 10 additional aircraft, which will be operated by Cebgo, its wholly owned subsidiary. Deliveries of the ATR 72-600s will run until 2020.
ATR obtained certification for the 78-seat configuration of the ATR 72 from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) in December 2015. To achieve this number, the OEM added an additional row of four seats by optimising the pitch and replacing the galley compartment with a new aft foldable galley, enabling airlines to choose between full cargo capacity or a combination of cargo capacity and galley space. The 78-seat option is also available as a retrofit.
Lance Gokongwei, president and CEO of Cebu Pacific Air, declared, “We are honoured to be able to provide the most modern standards of comfort and even more competitive fares to our guests. Overall, our new fleet will help us expand our inter-island network, strengthen links between local communities and encourage more business and tourism opportunities, thus support the growing Philippine economy.”
“We are convinced that the new high capacity option of the ATR 72-600 will play a significant role in the expansion of regional air connectivity across South-East Asia,” commented Patrick de Castelbajac, ATR’s CEO. “This new maximum capacity configuration, using new optimized seats, is providing the best possible answer to the continuous increase of traffic on regional routes in Asia.”