Cebu Pacific is gearing up for an expansion of its international operations, with the placement of an order for two more long-haul aircraft and the announcement of a new service to Seoul.
The Philippine low-cost carrier has agreed to purchase two more Airbus A330-300s, taking its total fleet of twin-aisle jets to eight. This will enable it to add more flights to destinations in the Middle East and Australia and launch its first flights to the US.
And the LCC has also unveiled plans to commence direct flights between Seoul’s Incheon International Airport and Kalibo, the gateway to the resort island of Boracay. Daily scheduled flights are due to get underway on 1 October 2016.
Speaking on the aircraft order, Cebu Pacific’s president & CEO, Lance Gokongwei said; “The A330 has proven to be the right choice for our long haul low fare product. The newly-ordered aircraft will enable us to add more long-haul routes, including the launch of our first flights to the US. We are excited to be expanding our wide-body fleet, offering more low fare options for our customers to fly further than ever before.”
The new Kalibo-Seoul service will expand Cebu Pacific’s Korean network, which currently includes daily flights to Seoul from Manila and Cebu, and four weekly flights to Busan from Manila.
Cebu Pacific currently flies to 36 domestic and 30 international destinations using a fleet of 57 aircraft, including six long-haul A330s.