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.
Lance Y. Gokongwei, Cebu Pacific president and chief executive officer, said the company is looking at using the new aircraft to fly from its hubs in the Visayas and Mindanao to destinations in North Asia, Australia and Brunei.
“If we get the A321XLRs in 2023, 2024, that gives us possibilities to fly more thinner and longer routes, particularly the tourists spots in VisMin connecting to North Asia and Australia and Brunei,” he told reporters in Pasay City.
“You can do easily the kinds of Cebu to Beijing, Cebu to Seoul. Those kinds of routes,” he added.
On top of the A321XLRs, Cebu Pacific also ordered 16 Airbus A330-900NEO and 5 Airbus A320NEO. The upcoming A321XLR will have 240 seats as compared to its present A321NEOs which have 236 seats.