Cebu Pacific receives 8th A321neo aircraft

Aviation Updates Philippines – On Friday last week, budget carrier Cebu Pacific Air welcomed the arrival of its eight Airbus A321-271N (neo) aircraft as part of the airline's continued re-fleeting program amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

ON THE WAY HOME | Cebu Pacific's newest Airbus A321neo, registered as RP-C4125, is on the way to Manila from Hamburg;...

Posted by Aviation Updates Philippines on Thursday, April 1, 2021

The newest aircraft, registered in the Philippines as RP-C4125, arrived at the airline's hub at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport on April 2, 2021, just an hour from sunrise. The ferry flight flew from Airbus' delivery facility in Hamburg, Germany, with a stop-over in Muscat, Oman.

Cebu Pacific opted the configure its Airbus A321neo fleet with 236 seats in an all-economy configuration. As a low-cost carrier, it is not unusual to maximize seats offered, "without" compromising cabin comfort, to keep prices down. The Recaro-designed seats are engineered slim and ergonomic to offer as much legroom as possible and are fitted with USB ports for charging in-flight.

"Pre-pandemic, we have already started embarking on our long-term vision and fleet strategy, which includes an orderly exit of older aircraft. We envision the total CEB fleet to be composed of new-generation aircraft in the next few years," said Mark Cezar, Cebu Pacific Deputy Chief Finance Officer.

Fitted with newer, more fuel-efficient engines, the Airbus A321neo fleet is an upgraded variant of the original Airbus A321 classics built since 1993. The state-of-the-art aircraft boasts 20 percent fuel cost savings while offering significant environmental benefits with a nearly 50 percent reduction in carbon footprint compared to previous generation aircraft.

With the first eight already delivered, Cebu Pacific expects to receive 24 more Airbus A321neo. That number is exclusive of 10 brand-new Airbus A321XLR (extra long-range variant) and five additional Airbus A320neo aircraft. The airline also expects 16 new Airbus A330-900neo aircraft to be delivered from 2023.

Cebu Pacific embarked on a re-fleeting program even before the pandemic began. The program aims to replace older aircraft with newer generation aircraft that are designed to lower fuel costs and increase efficiency.