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Cebu Pacific boosts long-haul fleet

Cebu Pacific Air, the country’s largest budget carrier, sealed operating lease agreements for two additional long-range planes as it targets more international destinations, a statement on Wednesday said. AFP FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—Cebu Pacific Air, the country’s largest budget carrier, sealed operating lease agreements for two additional long-range planes as it targets more international destinations, a statement on Wednesday revealed.

The Gokongwei-controlled airline said that, with the deal signed with US-based Intrepid Aviation, it expects to receive its fifth and sixth Airbus A330-300 from 2014 to 2015.

“By 2015, [Cebu Pacific] will operate a total of six brand-new Airbus A330-300 aircraft,” the statement showed.

The airline earlier announced it would launch its long-haul operations with direct daily Manila-Dubai services on Oct. 7, 2013. The Airbus A330 aircraft will allow it to fly to farther destinations, beyond the range of CEB’s existing Airbus A320 fleet.

“With our A330 fleet strengthened by this lease agreement, we will continue exploring other regions we can serve, such as the Middle East, Australia, parts of Europe and the US,” said Cebu Pacific general manager for the long-haul division Alex Reyes.

The airline currently offers 22 international destinations, namely, Bali, Bangkok, Beijing, Brunei, Busan, Dubai, Guangzhou, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh, Hong Kong, Incheon (Seoul), Jakarta, Kota Kinabalu, Kuala Lumpur, Macau, Osaka, Phuket, Shanghai, Siem Reap, Singapore, Taipei and Xiamen.

It also operates the most extensive network in the Philippines with 34 domestic destinations and hubs in Manila, Cebu, Clark, Kalibo, Iloilo and Davao, the statement said.—Miguel R. Camus

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  • stealth ice

    this airline if not delayed, cancelled. and the worst part their staff are not well trained to explain the issues. i can also feel that the staff are very much stressed hence they don’t smile. the management should look into this matter. if staff are treated well for sure they will reciprocate it to their customers.

  • Pinsan_ni_Mang_Kanor

    Sana mag invest din sila para sa extensive training ng mga FAs nila like safety, first aid, hand combat, sea survival, customer service and most important anti discrimination. When i say extensive is regular and FAs should put that to their hearts. I prefer a not so pretty FAs with good values and right skills.

  • sigena

    yan expansion pero pilot training walang improvement

  • manks

    OYYYY ang iba jan, magkano bayad sa inyo ng palpak…. hehehehehe

  • 2loving

    Yes Cebu.Pac. may have their operational glitches to scrutinize with but for an OFW abroad, they have done a great help lessening the fare going back to the PH.

    …i salute Cebu Pac. . . and never will i blame the instances of schedule delays on their flights as this has nothing to do with the airline, but instead the poor service of our airports which has been obsolete and cramped.

    Anyway, proof to my trust to them, i have had 3 international flights with them last 2012, and 1 this year. . .and will again be flying Cebu Pac this September. . .with the new A330.

    On the other hand, hope their services will improve more and more and i hope PH airports will also improve their services, as instead of complements, what we only hear in the news are the nasty comments from passengers having bad experience / dissatisfaction.

  • dequis

    bagong bago pa lang ang cebu pacific sa airline industry di ba nakaranas agad ng disgrasia, iyong sa mount sumigaya ba iyon sa cagayan de oro. iyong sa asiania sa sf mas malala naman iyon keysa cebu pacific sa davao. hayaan na kaya nating umunlad ang cebu pacific. karangalan din nating lahat na may isa pang filipino airline na kasali sa serbisyo ng airline industry.

  • macobex

    Cebu Pacific Davao, June 2, 2013 — NEVER FORGET!

  • blue_lights

    Happy to hear that they are expanding! Can Cebu Pacific now please use some of their new revenue to improving safety and customer service?

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