MIAMI — Manila-based budget carrier Cebu Pacific has placed a firm order for two additional Airbus A330-300s, taking to eight the total number of the type in its wide-body fleet.

The Philippine carrier plans to incorporate these new aircraft to fuel the expansion of its long-haul operations to new destinations in the Middle East, Australia and the United States, while providing additional capacity to feed high-demand domestic trunk routes.

Cebu Pacific has configured its A330-300s in a single-class, high-density arrangement with 436 seats.

“The newly ordered aircraft will enable us to add more long haul routes, including the launch of our first flights to the U.S. We are excited to be expanding our widebody fleet, offering more low fare options for our customers to fly further than ever before” said Lance Gokongwei, Cebu Pacific President and Chief Executive Officer.

Cebu Pacific currently operates a fleet of 57 aircraft, mostly comprised by Airbus A320 family types (seven A319s and 36 A320s). Plans are to phase out all of its A319s, which have been sold to Allegiant, while taking delivery of 32 A321neo aircraft from 2017 to 2021.

To date, it is the third largest low-cost carrier in Southeast Asia, just behind AirAsia and Lion Air,and serves 36 domestic and 30 international destinations.