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MARCH 2018

Week 13


Cebu Pacific accepts first A321 and launches to Basco

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March 29th 2018

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Cebu Pacific Air has taken delivery of the first of 39 on-order A321 jets. Read More » The first seven A321 deliveries to the airline will be A321ceo and the remaining 32 the A321neo. The low-cost carrier’s new planes will have an all economy layout of 230 seats in the A321s.

The Manila-headquartered airline hopes to receive all seven A321ceo by this September and the first Pratt & Whitney GTF-powered A321neo in November.

Citing unprofitability, Cebu Pacific terminated its routes to Doha, Kuwait and Riyadh in summer 2017 now only has Dubai and Sydney in its long-haul network.

The route revision freed up significant A330 capacity and the aircraft are now serving the trunk routes of Hong Kong, Taipei, South Korea and Japan. From August 14, the airline will fly A330s from Manila to Melbourne three times a week.

On Tuesday, the LCC commenced daily flights between Manila and Basco, one of two airports in the Batanes Islands that is an up and coming holiday destination halfway between the Philippines and Taiwan. Basco Airport (BSO) has a single, 1,250m runway.

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