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Cebu Pacific's A330neo to enter service on Dec. 8

Aviation Updates Philippines – Aviation enthusiasts and planespotters will now have the opportunity not only to spot but fly Cebu Pacific’s newest Airbus A330neo aircraft as the airline schedules its first commercial flight next week.

Photo from Cebu Pacific

The low-cost airline announced Friday that the A330neo would enter into service on December 8, 2021, plying the Manila-Cebu route.

Over the past few days, Cebu Pacific hinted at the possible routes the A330neo will operate. Aside from Cebu, the airline plans to fly the new jet to Davao and General Santos in the Philippines, and Dubai in the United Arab Emirates.

READ: Cebu Pacific receives first A330neo, targets all-neo fleet by 2027

The Airbus A330neo is configured with 459 of RECARO’s slimline economy seats, featuring cabin interiors inspired by its hometown Cebu and reflecting the colors of the Philippine islands. The seats are made “sleek and sporty” and have a carbon fiber texture reminiscent of Cebu’s famous puso or hanging rice.

“We hope this new customer cabin experience contributes to more smiles ahead for everyJuan, as travel plans resume. Designed with our passengers’ comfort and experience in mind, our new cabin interiors reflect how proud we are to hail from Cebu, and to represent the Philippine islands wherever we fly,” said Candice Iyog, CEB Vice President for Marketing & Customer Experience.

Moreover, the new aircraft is equipped with USB type A and C charging ports for charging electronic devices in-flight, a feature first introduced in the airline’s A321neo fleet.

LIFT Aero Design, an aviation design company based in Tokyo and Singapore, designed Cebu Pacific’s new cabin experience.

“This project was all about infusing the cabin with the Cebu Pacific brand,” said Daniel Baron, LIFT’s managing director. “We focused on translating the airline’s distinct yellow and blue palette into a calm inflight environment that reflects their youthful and dynamic identity and Cebu roots.”

Editor's Note: Cebu Pacific has postponed the inaugural Airbus A330neo flight originally scheduled on December 8, 2021.

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