Cebu Pacific has signed a firm order with Airbus for 16 long-range A330neo, firming up part of a previously–announced Memorandum of Understanding.

The A330neo ordered by the airline will be a higher-capacity version of the A330-900 and feature up to 460 seats in a single-class configuration and is set to be operated on trunk routes within the Philippines and the rest of Asia, as well as on longer range services to Australia and the Middle East.

Lance Gokongwei, Cebu Pacific president and CEO called the A330neo “Integral to our fleet modernisation program” and added: “With this purchase, we aim to reduce our fuel emission and build a more sustainable operation. This will also give us the lowest cost per seat, at the same time enabling CEB to increase seat capacity and maximize valuable airport slots in Manila and other Asian megacities.”

The order firms up the widebody portion of a previously-announced Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) which also includes commitments for 10 A321XLR and five A320neos.

Calling Cebu Pacific a “pace-setter” Christian Scherer, Airbus chief commercial officer commented: “The increased capacity version of the aircraft developed for Cebu Pacific will help achieve even greater efficiencies for high density regional and long range routes.”

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