Cebu Pacific Takes Delivery Of First Widebody Jet

Filipino low cost carrier Cebu Pacific took another step towards becoming a long-haul player this week with the acceptance of its first widebody jet, to be used to launch Manila – Dubai flights later this year. The first of 4 Airbus A330-300 aircraft was handed over to the airline at the Airbus Delivery Centre in Toulouse, joining an existing fleet of single-aisle Airbus A319s and A320s.


Cebu Pacific has configured the jet in a high-density, all-economy class configuration with 436 seats and will initially fly it on medium-haul regional routes to Seoul (Incheon) and Singapore from 1 July 2013. The jets will then be deployed on its first long-haul services in October 2013.


Flight 5J 7944 will depart Ninoy Aquino International Airport at 1640 hrs daily, arriving at Dubai International Airport at 2140 hrs. The return flight, 5J 7945, will take off from Dubai at 2310 hrs for a 1140 hrs arrival the next day back in Manila.


The low cost carrier will be targeting the migrant labour market for traffic on the route, of which it is the only Filipino airline operating and established low cost connectivity between Dubai and the rest of the Gulf region should provide good feed for the flights. The move also positions Cebu Pacific for competition with rivals AirAsia X and Scoot.


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