Cebu Pacific (PSE: CEB), the Philippines’ leading carrier, received its 10th Airbus 320neo (New Engine Option) aircraft on April 16, 2023, as part of the airline’s goal to transition to a more fuel-efficient NEO fleet by 2028.
The aircraft used sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) to fly from the Airbus Delivery Center in Toulouse, France to the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) in Manila. It is the second of CEB’s 10 expected Airbus NEO deliveries for 2023.
“The delivery of our 10th A320neo aircraft, powered by sustainable aviation fuel, highlights Cebu Pacific’s commitment to become one of the greenest airline in Asia. We continue to invest on these fuel-efficient NEO aircraft and incorporate SAF in our operations.” said Alex Reyes, Cebu Pacific Chief Strategy Officer.
SAF is a drop-in fuel, with similar characteristics as conventional jet fuels. It does not require any adaptations to the aircraft or engines and does not have any negative impact on performance. The use of SAF results in up to 80% reduction in carbon emissions across the fuel’s lifecycle.
CEB is the first low-cost carrier in Southeast Asia to incorporate SAF into its operations when it delivered its third A330neo in May 2022. For this year, the airline is expecting to take delivery of eight more Airbus NEO aircraft: one A320neo, three A321neo, and four A330neo.
CEB’s sustainability goal is in line with global aviation’s commitment to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050. The airline has made various investments that enable it to become fuel-efficient in its operations to keep fares affordable for the passengers.
Apart from fleet modernization, the airline’s major pillars on its sustainable journey are resource optimization, which includes pushing for fuel efficiency best practices, and incorporating SAF in its operations.
To date, CEB’s fleet comprises of 30 A320s, 17 A321s, 5 A330s and 16 ATRs.