Cebu Pacific has signed a Memorandum of
Understanding with Airbus for the purchase of 30 A321neo aircraft.
The carrier has also exercised existing options
for seven more standard A320s, increasing to 41 its total firm
orders for the Airbus single aisle product line.
"The A320 Family has played a key role in
enabling us to build an efficient, profitable, value-based
business," said Lance Gokongwei, Cebu Pacific President and CEO.
"The addition of more A320s and the A321neo allows us to expand
further in the Asia Pacific region, and continue offering our
trademark low fares."
Cebu Pacific's extensive network
currently covers 33 domestic and 16 international destinations, including
Osaka, Seoul (Incheon), Beijing, Jakarta, Bangkok and Singapore.
The A321neo is the largest model in the
recently launched A320neo series, which incorporates new engines
and large wing tip devices called
sharklets. The advances will
deliver fuel savings of 15% and additional range capability
of over 500 nautical miles (950 kilometers), or the ability to
carry two tonnes more payload at a given range. For the
environment, the fuel savings translate into some 3,600 tonnes
less CO2 per aircraft per year. In addition, the aircraft will
provide a double-digit reduction in NOx emissions and reduced
engines types offered on the A320neo Family are CFM
International’s LEAP-X and Pratt & Whitney’s PurePower PW1100G.
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