Cebu Pacific Lease New Aircraft amid Disruptions

The addition of the leased Airbus aircraft is expected to give the airline ‘additional reliability’ as engine-related problems and ‘strange incidents’ rock its operating fleet.

The new Airbus A320neo aircraft of Cebu Pacific assembled in Tianjin, China.

The new Airbus A320neo aircraft of Cebu Pacific assembled in Tianjin, China.

MANILA, Philippines — Cebu Pacific Air, said that it is adding to its fleet of aircraft with the delivery of a new Airbus A320neo aircraft.

In a statement, Cebu Pacific said the A320neo flew on sustainable aviation fuel from Tianjin in China to the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila.

The A320neo, which consumes 20 percent less fuel, was acquired through a 12-year leasing agreement. 

“This aircraft delivery...demonstrates our commitment to providing safe, convenient, and reliable travel for our customers, while building a greener and more sustainable future,” said the company's Chief Strategy Officer Alex Reyes.

The company said it is accepting 15 aircraft deliveries for 2023. This includes 10 brand new Airbus NEO aircraft, to support its transition to a more fuel-efficient, all-NEO fleet by 2028. The airline is also receiving five additional aircraft via long-term lease. 

The A320neo has 188 seats made by seat manufacturer Recaro, which makes them more comfortable for passengers with their "slim and ergonomic design," according to Cebu Pacific.

The timely addition of the aircraft comes as the airline faces complaints over "flight delays" and cancellations that have led to calls to suspend its franchise.

Cagayan de Oro's Rufus B. Rodriguez filed House Resolution 1101 seeking the suspension of the franchise granted to Cebu Pacific due to its "history of unsatisfactory services to the public."