Cebu Pacific, the leading carrier in the Philippines has taken delivery of its first ATR 72-500 cargo aircraft. Converted from a passenger configuration by Sabena Technics DNR SAS at their facility in Dinard, France.
The freighter is the first of its type in the region and allows Cebu Pacific the capability to bring cargo in and out of destinations served by airports with limited length runways, where only turboprops can operate.
The ATR is equipped with a large cargo door, which allow up to seven Ld3 air cargo containers, or five PBJ pallets. The freighter has the capacity to carry as much as eight tons of cargo.
A second freighter is due to be delivered and will be operated by Cebu Pacific’s subsidiary Cebgo. This example is expected to be delivered later this year.