Airbus lands Cebu order

Cebu Pacific, the Philippines’ second largest carrier, has signed a contract for the purchase of 12 Airbus A319s and the lease of two Airbus A320s.

Cebu Pacific, the Philippines’ second largest carrier, has signed a contract for the purchase of 12 Airbus A319s and will additionally lease two Airbus A320s to replace its existing fleet of DC-9 and B757 aircraft. Financial details were not disclosed.

The A319s, which will be configured in a 150-seater all-economy configuration, are scheduled for delivery from September 2005 until 2007 and will be deployed on the airlines’ domestic network.

“After several months of careful and prudent study, we finally decided to re-fleet using the Airbus A319 and A320 because of the long term benefits to Cebu Pacific in terms of economy and operations,” said Cebu Pacific president and CEO Lance Gokongwei.

Separately, Airbus recently announced that Thai Airways International is to acquire six A380 double decker aircraft, which will be delivered in 2008/09. Airbus said in a statement that the airline is also committed to expanding its new fleet of A340-500s and A340-600s and will acquire one additional aircraft of each type.

The airline previously placed an order for three A340-500s and five A340-600s in August 2003, with all eight of these aircraft due for delivery in 2005. The additional A340-500 and A340-600 will be delivered in 2007 and 2008 respectively.

Thai Airways International’s A380s will operate on major trunk routes from Bangkok’s new Suvarnabhumi airport to destinations in Europe, whilst the A340-500s will be operated on a completely new network of ultra long-haul services from Bangkok to North America.