Cebu Pacific last August 9 opened three new flights from Clark International Airport (CRK) in Angeles, Pampanga. The budget airline launched flights to Bacolod, Iloilo, and Narita, Japan from the former American airbase. Flights from Narita will run four times a week on Mondays, Wednesday, Fridays, and Sundays. Department of Transportation (DOTr) Secretary Arthur Tugade congratulated Cebu Pacific for the new direct flights.
Cebu Pacific took delivery of its first dedicated cargo aircraft, an ATR 72-500F. The aircraft was a passenger version ATR 72-500 also used by Cebu Pacific before being converted into a cargo aircraft. This is the first of two dedicated cargo ATRs. The two ATR 72s were converted into cargo aircraft by IPR Conversions. Cebu Pacific's subsidiary CebGo will be operating the aircraft.
The Philippines's largest budget carrier Cebu Pacific looks to fly its 300 millionth passenger by 2022 as it increases capacity with the addition of new aircraft and as it invests of more digital tools to drive in demand. Cebu Pacific Vice President for marketing and distribution Candice Iyog says that the 300 millionth passenger target can be reached four times faster than its 150 millionth passenger in 1996.
Cebu Pacific is suspending its Manila to Guam route beginning December 7, 2019 due to the route not being as viable to maintain. Guam is the only United States route of the budget carrier. Due to the limited slots, Cebu Pacific would rather concentrate on using the limited slots and aircraft for routes with higher passenger demand. After the pullout, only Philippine Airlines and United Airlines will be servicing the Manila to Guam route.
Philippine Airlines and Cebu Pacific's on-time performance (OTP) significantly improved 2 weeks after signing a Pledge of Commitment to the Department of Transportation (DOTr) Aviation and Airports Sector, based on a report from the Philippine transportation agency. PAL's OTP improved from 60% in April 2019 to nearly 80% of June according to PAL Vice President for Flight Operations Captain Stanley Ng.
The Visayas and Mindanao areas may get access to longer routes as Cebu Pacific is planning to fly their newly ordered Airbus A321XLR to areas like North Asia and Australia from its other hubs aside from Manila. Cebu Pacific placed an order for 10 A321XLR during the recent Paris Air Show just last June. The newest version of the A321 can fly 4,600nm non-stop due to two additional center fuel tanks.
The Philippines's leading low-cost airline Cebu Pacific signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) order of up to 31 different Airbus NEO aircraft. This order consists of 16 Airbus A330-900NEO, 10 Airbus A321XLR, and 5 Airbus A320NEO. This is on top of their pending order of 28 Airbus A321NEO where 2 have been delivered already, and 9 A320NEO where 1 has been delivered just recently.