A Look At Cebu Pacific’s Fleet In 2022

Widebody aircraft are typically associated with multi-class seating configurations featuring business class flatbeds. However, certain carriers have taken a single-class approach, such as the way that Cebu Pacific has fitted out its Airbus A330s. Let’s take a closer look at these densely-packed twinjets, as well as the various other aircraft types that they serve alongside at Cebu Pacific.

High-density widebody planes

The aircraft at Cebu Pacific that grab most of the headlines are the Philippine low-cost carrier’s Airbus A330s. According to data from ch-aviation.com, of the airline’s 53 total aircraft, eight are examples of this European widebody family. The dominant variant is the A330-300, with these aged seven years old on average.

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What sets these aircraft apart from other A330-300s is their high-density configuration. Cebu Pacific favors a nine-abreast (3-3-3) layout, as opposed to the eight-abreast setup that you see at other A330 operators. This, along with the lack of a premium cabin, allows these aircraft to have an impressive 436 seats.

This lowers per-seat operating costs, which was evident when the airline launched special $0.27 fares for nine-hour flights to Dubai. Interestingly, Cebu Pacific’s high-density Airbus A330neo (A330-900) aircraft carry even more passengers. Aged just 0.7 years old on average, these three twinjets each have 459 seats.


Cebu Pacific’s A330neos have a tight seat pitch of just 28 inches. Photo: Airbus

In terms of where Cebu Pacific has been sending its A330neos, Sydney is typically the destination choice for these tightly-packed widebodies. The airline announced its intentions to deploy the type on flights from Manila to Australia in May, with these flights beginning on July 1st. At present, they operate three times a week.

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Newer narrowbody aircraft

Cebu Pacific’s remaining 45 aircraft are narrowbody jets that belong to the Airbus A320 family. At the newer end of the spectrum are two variants of the next-generation A320neo series. Cebu Pacific currently flies seven examples of the A320neo itself, with an average age of just 1.9 years old. It also has a further 14 examples of the modern European single-aisle twinjet on order.

Meanwhile, the larger A321neo also plays a key role at the Philippine budget airline, as 10 of these densely-configured 236-seaters currently have a presence in Cebu Pacific’s fleet. They are slightly older than the A320neo, clocking in at 2.2 years old on average. This youth will be retained with the arrival of 11 more examples of the A321neo, as well as 10 A321XLRs.

Cebu Pacific also favors denser configurations on its narrowbodies. Photo: Airbus

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Older A320 family jets

Just under 40% of Cebu Pacific’s fleet consists of examples of the original A320ceo series, specifically the A320-200. The airline flies 21 of these, and they have an average age of 8.6 years old. While this is fairly young in the grand scheme of things, it is comparatively old in the context of the Philippine low-cost carrier’s fleet.

Historically speaking, Cebu Pacific has also flown a further 21 examples of the A320-200. It fits these aircraft with a single-class 180-seat configuration, offering a standard seat pitch of just 28 inches. As recently as last year, barely more than half of these twinjets were active. However, the situation has now improved, with 18 being listed as active, while two are in maintenance and one is stored.

What do you make of Cebu Pacific’s fleet? Have you flown on one of its all-economy Airbus A330s? Let us know your thoughts and experience in the comments!

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