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Cebu Pacific to buy plane for long-haul flights


TOULOUSE, France—Budget carrier Cebu Pacific is looking into purchasing one of today’s most advanced passenger jet liners, as it expands its fleet by buying new planes capable of longer flights to new markets.

Alex Reyes, head of Cebu Pacific’s newly established long-haul operations division, said the Gokongwei-led firm may add either the Boeing 787 Dreamliner or the brand new Airbus A350 to the list of plane models in its expanding fleet.

Last week, Cebu Pacific took delivery of its first wide-body aircraft, the 436-seater Airbus A330-300.

The new plane will allow the company to mount long-haul flights to points in the Middle East, Australia, Eastern Europe and the United States.

Prior to the A330’s arrival, all of Cebu Pacific’s planes were Airbus A320s, which carry fewer passengers and are capable only of short-haul flights.

“(What) has happened in the aviation industry is there is a next generation of aircraft coming on stream,” Reyes said, referring to the 787 and the A350.

“All of these technologies promise additional fuel savings. We always study what is available out there,” Reyes said, adding that the acquisition of either the 787 or the A350 was “definitely possible.”

The American-made 787 Dreamliner entered into service in September 2011. However, the plane’s reliability was recently put into question following problems with its battery systems that forced US regulators to ground all 787s due to safety concerns.

The grounding was lifted in April.

The newer Airbus A350, which had its first test flight ahead of the annual Paris Air Show last Friday, is expected to compete directly with the 787.

Both planes have a similar range of around 7,000 miles per flight, and can carry between 200 and 300 passengers, depending on how seats are configured.

Both have fuselages built using mostly composite carbon fiber, a material stronger, lighter, and less prone to wear and tear than the metal parts used in older plane models.

Cebu Pacific’s ongoing expansion plans come amid recent calls for the grounding of its entire fleet following incidents this month involving the company’s aircraft at two major airports in the Philippines.

Last June 2, a Cebu Pacific Airbus A320 skid off the runway at the Davao International Airport moments after it landed. The incident was described by Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) officials as a “runway excursion” most likely caused by pilot error.

Meanwhile, last week, another Cebu Pacific A320 skidded shortly after landing at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (Naia) in Manila, taking out some of the airport’s runway lights.

All passengers on both flights were unharmed.

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  • El_Gran_Capitan

    Cut the crap you always buy from airbust because of discount you never buy from Boeing. Comparing the 2 manufacturers boeing is like toyota while airbus is like Nissan resale value wise

  • kabayandinako

    Ayusin nyo muna ang kawawang kalagayan ng mga matatagal na factory workers nyo sa URC at huwag nyong masyadong alagaan ang Presidente ng Unyon at bigyan ng katakot takot na biyaya (Meron na syang PHP10M+ na bahay) para masunod lamang ang inyong gusto na di mabigyan benepisyong dapat mapapunta sa kanila, bago kayo magbigay ng damage control statements sa palpak na pagpapapalakad nyo sa Cebu Pacific. Gokongwei family, maging makatao sana kayo.

  • kismaytami

    More planes to skid, more runway lights to break.

  • delpillar

    【 Last week, Cebu Pacific took delivery of its first wide-body aircraft, the 436-seater Airbus A330-300. 】

    Usual for Phil. airline companies to reconfigure the seats and make it as a 600-seat configuration instead.

    • El_Gran_Capitan

      Obsolefe planes

  • Sam

    Kahit magdagdag ng bagong eroplano, kung yung management at staff ay bulok at walang pakialam sa mga passenger… bulok pa rin. Never take Cebu Pacific. Service is bulok. Kita lang ang habol ng mga intsik na to.

  • sigena

    dapat ma improve din and training program ng airline.

  • Friendly_Skies

    The airplanes are capable…..its their crew skills and training that should be addressed

  • disqus_ZrxaGjUzMQ



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