Decarbonizing the skies: Cebu Pacific welcomes 13th aircraft amid high demand

Cebu Pacific, the airline unit of the Gokongwei family’s JG Summit Holdings, took delivery of its 13th aircraft for the year, as part of its commitment to meeting the surging demand for air travel while bolstering operational resilience.

“This aircraft delivery supports our goal to make our operations more reliable while continuing to provide safe, reliable, and affordable air travel to our passengers,” said Alex Reyes, Cebu Pacific hief strategy officer.

He further emphasized the airline’s dedication to sustainability, saying, “Our ongoing investment in sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) is also a crucial step for our decarbonization efforts, paving the way for a more sustainable future in air travel.”

The newly acquired aircraft, which used SAF on its delivery flight, arrived at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila on October 25 and officially entered into service on November 1.

For this year, Cebu Pacific anticipates the delivery of a total of 19 aircraft, with six more expected to join the fleet by year-end.

Boasting a fleet comprising 74 aircraft, including six Airbus 330s, 33 Airbus 320s, 19 Airbus 321s, and 16 ATR turboprop aircraft, Cebu Pacific maintains one of the world’s youngest fleets, facilitating extensive network coverage throughout the Philippines.

The airline has set its sights on achieving an all-NEO fleet by 2028 and has committed to incorporating SAF across its entire commercial network by 2030.

To expedite this transition, Cebu Pacific signed a memorandum of understanding with Neste, a leading SAF producer, on October 18. A mere week later, the airline successfully executed its first commercial flight powered by SAF departing from Japan.

SAF, characterized as a drop-in fuel closely resembling conventional jet fuels, necessitates no modifications to aircraft or engines and significantly curtails carbon emissions throughout its lifecycle, by up to 80%.

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