How many seats can you cram aboard an Airbus A330neo? More than you think if the latest aircraft for Cebu Pacific is to be seen.
The airline has taken delivery of its first A330-900neo as it begins its widebody fleet modernisation programme, as it replaces its older Airbus A330ceo
As for the seat count? It’s 459 seats – all in a single-class layout.
Cebu Pacific will utilise this on routes within the Philippines and the rest of Asia, as well as on longer-range services to Australia and the Middle East.
Altogether Cebu Pacific has ordered 16 A330neo and also has 16 A320neo and 22 A321neo outstanding to be delivered. The low-cost carrier currently operates 50 Airbus aircraft, comprising 43 A320 Family and 7 A330ceo.
That’s still a lot of seats to fill
The previous largest aircraft Cebu Pacific flew was the Airbus A330-300. This held a total of 436 seats. Their new A330-900neo seems to have allowed them to add an extra 23 seats.
This surpasses even Lion Air who operated Airbus A330-900neo with 436 seats.
Cebu Pacific thinks there is still a market for their people mover aircraft, with high-density seating, getting people from A to B at a low cost.
We’ll have to see how the next few months work out to see if that demand still exists and if passengers are happy with that sort of experience.
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