Cebu Pacific confirmed that it has deferred the deliveries of its Airbus A321neos to the fourth quarter of 2018 due to delays with the Pratt & Whitney PW1100G engines.

At the same time, it has ordered seven A321s.

"We have decided to take a conservative approach to the introduction of the A321neo into our operations. We remain confident that Pratt & Whitney will address all issues on the GTF engine," says Cebu chief finance officer Andrew Huang.

"There is, however, the need to increase our current capacity to meet growing domestic and regional network demand, thus the A321ceo order."

Cebu was originally scheduled to take its A321neos from September 2017 through to 2021. This has been pushed to the fourth quarter of 2018, through to 2022. Cebu did not specify the reasons for the engine delay, but other airlines have pointed to problems with the manufacturing of the fan blades in the P&W engine.

Its A321s will meanwhile be delivered from March 2018, to meet its increased capacity requirements pending the delivery of the re-engined jet. It has not specified an engine selection.

Flight Fleets Analyzer shows that Cebu has 32 A321neos on order.

Source: Cirium Dashboard