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Updated June 27, 2022

  • Joe Breitfeller

Cebu Pacific Takes Delivery of New Airbus A330neo With SAF; Resumes International Flights From Cebu

Cebu Pacific’s new A330neo departed Toulouse powered by a blended mixture of SAF before arriving in Manila on Friday, May 20, 2022 at 09:04 local time. In a separate press release, the carrier also announced the restart of international service from Cebu.


Cebu Pacific (CEB) has used green fuel to power its brand-new Airbus A33NEO on its delivery flight from Airbus facilities in Toulouse, France, to the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) in Manila, becoming the first low-cost carrier in Asia to incorporate sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) into its operations – Courtesy Cebu Pacific

On Friday (May 20, 2022), Cebu Pacific (CEB) announced the arrival of their brand new Airbus A330neo at Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila at 09:04 local time. The historic ferry flight from Toulouse was powered by a SAF blend, making CEB the first LCC in Asia to incorporate sustainable fuel into their operations. The use of SAF results in up to an 85 percent lifecycle reduction in carbon emissions. The new aircraft is the carrier’s third A330neo and has been configured with 459 seats in a single class layout. The fuel-efficient aircraft will deliver a 25 percent reduction in fuel burn versus previous generation aircraft.


In an earlier press release on Thursday (May 19, 2022), Cebu Pacific announced the restart of international operations from Cebu with twice-weekly service to Seoul-Incheon on Thursdays and Sundays from July 3, 2022. The departing flight, 5J 128, will takeoff from Mactan Cebu International Airport at 12:25, arriving in Seoul at 18:10, while the return flight, 5J 129, will depart Seoul at 18:55 and arrive in Cebu at 22:50.


In Thursday’s announcment, Cebu Pacific’s Chief Commercial Officer, Xander Lao, said,


“We are very happy to restart this flight as we know passengers in the Visayas and Mindanao have been looking forward to travel internationally again, without needing to pass by Manila. We hope to expand our international network more in the coming months as we’ve already stabilized operating over 100% of our pre-pandemic domestic capacity.”


Cebu Pacific (CEB) currently operates the widest domestic network in the Philippines with 34 destinations, along with 17 international destinations. CEB operates one of the youngest fleets in the world with 75 aircraft, including 22 Airbus A320ceos, six A320neos, seven A321ceos, 10 A321neos, six A330ceos, two A330neos, 14 ATR 72-600s, six ATR 72-500s and two dedicated ATR freighters.



Source: Cebu Pacific