Cebu Pacific to get 3 more brand-new planes

July 16, 2010


— The Philippines’ largest airline, Cebu Pacific (CEB) expects delivery of three more brand-new Airbus A320 aircraft during the last quarter of this year as part of its expansion plan. As a result, it will increase frequencies to several domestic and international flights. Because of this, CEB offered a 50 percent off system-wide seat sale to any of its 33 domestic and 16 international destinations for travel from Sept. 1 to Oct. 31, 2010.

This includes flights to Brunei, Beijing, Osaka, Seoul (Incheon), Busan, Guangzhou, Shanghai, Taipei, Macau, HongKong, Singapore, Jakarta, Ho Chi Minh, Kota Kinabalu, Kuala Lumpur and Bangkok. Domestic flights on 50 percent off sale include flights from Manila to Boracay (Caticlan), Cauayan, Tuguegarao, Laoag, Coron (Busuanga), Dumaguete, Cebu, Surigao and Pagadian, as well as flights from Cebu to Dipolog, Bacolod, Iloilo and Butuan. CEB also has direct flights from Davao to Zamboanga, Cagayan de Oro and Cebu. This seat sale is meant to push the airline’s additional domestic and international flights. Starting Oct. 27, 2010, CEB will increase frequencies from Manila to Cagayan de Oro (six times daily), Zamboanga (thrice daily), Pagadian (five times weekly), Davao (six times daily), Tagbilaran (twice daily), Coron (12 times weekly) and Kalibo (16 times weekly). On Nov. 24, 2010, the following flights will also have increased frequencies: Manila-Boracay (79 times weekly), Manila-Cebu (13 times daily), Cebu-Boracay (twice daily), Cebu-General Santos (daily), Cebu-Puerto Princesa (daily), and Cebu-Bacolod (twice daily). The Cebu- Zamboanga and Davao-Zamboanga routes will also be upgraded from an ATR72-500 to an Airbus A319, increasing capacity for its daily flights.
Meanwhile, Taipei flights will become daily starting Oct. 31, 2010, and Jakarta flights will be four times weekly starting Dec. 19, 2010. Seoul (Incheon) flights will be twice daily starting Jan.24, 2011.

“We encourage every Juan to take advantage of our additional flights and 50 percent off systemwide seat sale to explore different local and international destinations,” said CEB vice president for Marketing and Distribution Candice Iyog. “The frequency increases are part of our expansion plan, as we expect delivery of three brand-new Airbus A320 during the last quarter of this year. We are very excited and look forward to offering more high quality travel products to our guests,” she said. Based on Civil Aeronautics Board data, CEB overtook Philippine Airline in terms of volume of passengers in the first quarter of 2010, making it the largest airline in the Philippines. CEB flies to the most ASEAN destinations and routes from the Philippines, and is the only low-cost carrier to fly to all the major North Asian countries of Japan, South Korea and China.

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