Coverage by Chris Sloan


PARIS – At the Paris Air Show 2019, low-cost Carrier (LCC) Cebu Pacific has placed another order with Airbus.

This time, the Philippines-based airline has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for 31 aircraft, including 16 A330-900s, 10 of the recently launched A321XLR and five A320neos.

Cebu Pacific’s A330-900s will be configured in a high-density seating arrangement for 460 passengers in a single-class configuration.

The airline is the second customer to commit to the extra long-range variant of the A321neo since its launch yesterday.

The airline plans to configure its A321XLRs with 240 seats.

Andy Huang, Head of finance of Cebu Pacific commented that the airline expects the delivery of the A330-900s from 2021 onwards, while the first A321XLRs will arrive in 2024.

This latest order adds to Cebu Pacific’s all-Airbus fleet and sets the basis for a transition to an all-neo fleet.

Currently, the airline operates its A330-300s configured with 440 seats. This high-density arrangement is unique, even for a low-cost carrier.

Cebu Pacific already has two A321neos in its fleet and 30 more on order, as well as one A320neo, with four more on order.

Cebu Pacific says they plan to use the A330-900s to grow on existing routes from Manila to Japan, particularly to Tokyo Narita and Kansai, as well as deploy them on long-haul flights to Sydney and Dubai.