Thursday, December 8, 2016

Cebu Pacific Considering Long Haul Aircraft and Network Expansion

The CAPA Centre for Aviation reports that low-cost carrier Cebu Pacific is eyeing more orders for long-haul, wide-body aircraft in order to facilitate expansion into the United States and other long haul destinations.  Among the options Cebu Pacific is considering are the Airbus A350, Boeing 787, and upcoming Airbus A330neo.

Copyright photo: Angelo Agcamaran/PPSG

Cebu Pacific already has a presence in the United States with a flight to Guam.  However, it hopes to mount flights to the US mainland, particularly the state of California, one of the largest Filipino markets that is yet to be served by the low-cost carrier.  These plans have been put in the spotlight after the Federal Aviation Administration restored Category 1 status on the Philippines.  This status allows the addition of new flights into the United States and expansion of existing services.

The low-cost carrier now has seven Airbus A330-300s in its fleet with one more expected to arrive in the first half of 2017.  The aircraft seats up to 436 passengers in an all-economy class configuration.  

It also began its foray into long-haul flights in 2013 when it flew to Dubai's International Airport.  It has also made inroads into the Australian market with flights to Sydney, Australia.  There have also been plans to make Rome as its first European destination, although it is unclear how much of a priority this is even as the carrier has been removed from a European Union blacklist of carriers deemed unsafe to fly into the 27-member bloc.  

An increasing number of low-cost carriers have initiated long-haul flights or operated wide-body aircraft in recent years.  One of the most prominent examples is AirAsia through its brand Air Asia X, which operates Airbus A330s to Japan, China, India, and Australia.  

Source: CAPA


62 comments :

  1. VIP for mr.hong kong manila los angelis launching flight of cebu pacific

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    1. Who's the f*** is Mr. Hong Kong by the way?

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    2. Search up any Cebu Pacific article on this website. You are bound to find the stupid Mr. Hong Kong :D

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  2. Buhay pa yan si Mr. Hong Kong? Hahaha.

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  3. Would this make Cebu Pacific the first LCC to have long-haul flights?

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    1. Norwegian, Jetstar Airways, Air Asia X, Scoot and Wow Air are LCCs with long haul flights.

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  4. Hoping that they consider first San Diego in California since kapag sa LA, kalaban nila ang PAL.

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  5. a350 Cebu Pacific to New York and London!

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  6. Inflight Entertainment, IPAD charging, cellphone charging, meals, newspapers must be provided for a fee. to avoid boring the passengers on the long haul flight and to add more revenues for Cebu Pacific.

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    1. Cebu Pacific would have to shift their business model for that. IFEs cost a lot of money for the plane (weight) and license fees. This is why you don't have inflight entertainment with most LCCs.

      There is a video on YouTube explaining the LCC model. You should watch that.

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    2. Cebu Pacific should have business class.

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    3. I flew from Los Angeles to Stockholm on Norwegian. It was a pleasant 10 hour flight on their B787. Comfortable seats and they had IFE. They did charge for baggage of course as well as for food and drinks. I was expecting to pay for food but paying for drinks kinda surprised me but I just dealt with it.

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  9. cebu pacific you should have flight to new york

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  10. Cebu Pacific should have IFE and have fligths to US west coast where may filipinos are. And they shoul have long range planes

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  11. CP will not put IFE on their airplanes because of the low rate of return for such service. Also, airline service from Phil to US is offered by the established carriers that do offer IFE, meals, drinks and reasonable legroom for about the same price that CP would charge (withing a couple of hundred dollars difference). Passengers will pay a little more to be comfortable.

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  12. there is a new news:

    https://www.ausbt.com.au/philippine-airlines-launches-new-business-class-premium-economy

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  13. It's good to see Cebu Pacific is enhancing its network and launching long haul aircraft. Six months back, I travelled on Cebu Pacific's business class. All the amenities are excellent. Your hard earned bucks are worthy while your traveling on Cebu Pacific. Highly recommended!

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  14. Any latest news? This news is almost 3 months. I am waiting for good news such as new Manila airport. But until now after almost 3 months, no latest news.

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