Cebu Pacific Air to deploy additional A330s on regional routes, delaying long haul network expansion

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Cebu Pacific Air has delayed plans to launch Honolulu and Melbourne or other new long haul routes. The Philippine LCC will instead use two recently acquired additional A330-300s on regional routes, enabling it to utilise slots better at its congested Manila hub.

Cebu Pacific is already using the equivalent of two of its six A330s on domestic and regional international routes. The decision to allocate another two widebody aircraft to short haul routes supplements a similar strategy to transition its narrowbody fleet to larger-gauge aircraft.

The group has 32 A321neos on order - to be delivered from 2017 and used to replace smaller A320s. Cebu Pacific is also now in the process of phasing out its A319 fleet and aims to shift some of its Manila-based ATR 72 turboprops to secondary bases.

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