Manila - The low-cost Cebu Pacific has just taken delivery of the first of its seven Airbus A321ceo, which will allow the Philippino airline operator strengthen its network in Asia-Pacific.
On March 22, The A321 registered RP-C4111 landed at the Manila-Ninoy Aquino airport. The company will receive the other six copies by the fall.
Cebu Pacific chose a single-class configuration of 230 seats for its A321ceo. It can carry 50 passengers more than the A320s in the fleet.
The additional capacity will further reduce unit costs, and our customers will benefit the lower ticket prices,promises the low-cost in a statement.
The new A321 is also supposed to improve the comfort of the passengers thanks to the ergonomic seats of the German equipment supplier Recaro. Passengers will also have access to USB ports to charge their electronic devices.
Cebu Pacific had ordered seven A321ceo in June 2017 to meet its growth needs. At the same time, the operator postponed the delivery of 32 A321neo for a year, due to the problems of the Pratt & Whitney PW1100G engine.
The A321neos will be delivered from the end of 2018 until 2022. Cebu Pacific's fleet has now 62 aircraft including one A321ceo, 36 Airbus A320, 8 Airbus A330-300, 8 ATR 72-500 and 9 ATR 72-600.
The network covers around 100 routes to 37 destinations in
Philippines and 26 abroad. The A321 is already presented in the Philippines with 17 copies in the Philippine Airlines'fleet.