Filipino low-cost airline Cebu Pacific Air has acquired five Airbus A320neo aircraft from aircraft lessor Avolon. All of the planes will be delivered during the second half of 2019.

“These aircraft will help open new route possibilities for Cebu Pacific, affording them the ability to carry more passengers and further expand their customer base,” says Simon Hanson, Avolon’s Head of Asia Pacific.

At the time of writing, Cebu Pacific hasn’t selected an engine for its leased aircraft. However, the carrier has selected Pratt & Whitney PW1100G engines on a separate direct order of A321neos. Cebu Pacific currently has 32 A321neos on order from Airbus in addition to two A321ceos and six ATR72-600s. All of these orders are scheduled for delivery between 2018 and 2022.

“We see expansion opportunities in new markets, as well as pent-up demand in areas where we currently operate,” Alexander Lao, Vice President for Commercial Planning of Cebu Pacific, said. “The introduction of the first new generation, fuel-efficient A320neo aircraft to the Philippine market will help us to further strengthen our position in the Philippines and allow us to further pursue expansion of our international route network. From this year until 2022, we are adding an average of nine new aircraft per year to our fleet.”

Cebu Pacific already has three A330-300s on lease from Avolon. The carrier’s fleet includes a total of 49 aircraft at the time of writing, including 36 A320-200s; five A321-200s; and eight A330-300s.

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