Cebu Pacific to deploy first A330 on Singapore, Seoul route

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Philippine low-cost carrier Cebu Pacific plans to deploy its first Airbus A330-300 aircraft on services from Manila to Singapore and Seoul Incheon, starting 15 July.

The aircraft will replace the A320s used on the two routes. Frequency on the Manila-Singapore route will be cut from 32 to 25 times weekly, while the Manila-Seoul Incheon frequency will be halved to daily.

"Given the traffic and demand between the Philippines and South Korea, this A330 service allows us to offer an additional 20% seat capacity to the market. We are [also] looking at reintroducing the second daily A320 frequency from Manila to [Seoul] Incheon in the future," says its vice-president for marketing and distribution Candice Iyog.

"Meanwhile, there are no more seat entitlements available on the Manila-Singapore route. We are capped at the current seat capacity, despite Singapore being a high growth market for Cebu Pacific."

Iyog adds that the airline does not have plans to use the aircraft on other short-haul routes, emphasising that the aircraft is designed for optimum performance on longer route sectors.

Cebu Pacific will receive its first A330 in June, followed by the second in October. This aircraft will be used on its long-haul Manila-Dubai route starting 7 October.

The carrier will also receive two more A330s in 2014.