Cebu Pacific to take the game a notch higher with the launch of new CEB Cargo Aircrafts before the year ends
(Cebu City, Philippines) – For the first time ever, Cebu Pacific will be the only passenger airline company in the Philippines with dedicated cargo planes.
During a press briefing earlier today, Candice Iyog, Cebu Pacific’s Vice President for Marketing and Distribution confirmed that IPR Conversions Ltd will have their two (2) ATR72-500 passenger planes converted to CEB cargo planes.
IPR Conversions is a reputable company in Luusane, Switzerland. They’re considered to be one of the best in their country. The 2 ATR 72-500 aircraft which will be turned into freighter planes will undergo large cargo door installation. After the passenger planes are converted, they can now load standard containers and pallets used in the aviation industry. The finish products will have space for 7 AKE Unit Load Device (ULD) containers and have the capacity to carry more than 7 tons of cargo. The process will take place in the facility in Sabena Technics DNR S.A.S in Dinard, France which is a top player in maintenance and modifications services (MRO) industry for both civilian and military aircraft.
The first of the 2 CEB Cargo planes is expected to arrive in the 4th quarter of 2018. CEB’s subsidiary, CEB Cargo will be in charge of the two cargo planes.
President and CEO of Cebu Pacific Lance Gokongwei stated that the company can now address the demands of the logistics industry, in particular, e-commerce businesses looking for smooth delivery options. This move is for the growth of their cargo services which increased by 29% in 2017 to Php4.6B and 26% in the 1st quarter of 2018 to Php1.3B.
Currently, Cebu Pacific’s cargo shipments are placed at the belly of their passenger aircrafts but with this recent endeavor, their freight capacity will multiply with their planes having longer bodies to maximize space, increased in wingspan and robust turboprop engines. This type of aircraft is compatible with products of high-value, marine products, heavy machineries and computing equipment. This type of plane is ideal to do landing and take-off in airports with shorter runways (1.2 kilometers) which make up for about 2/3 of the runways in the Philippines.
Cebu Pacific is not only the largest carrier in the Philippines; it’s also the airline company which offers low-cost services and more routes with higher flight frequency in the country than any other airlines. The company also offers numerous flights to other Asian countries, Australia, Middle East and the U.S.
Cebu Pacific also makes sure that their fleets are up to date with an average of below five years old for all their planes. Their 67 airplanes consist of 5 Airbus, A321ceo, 36 Airbus A320, 8 Airbus A330, 8 ATR72-500 and 10 ATR 72-600. The company is expecting 2 A321ceo, 32 Airbus A321neo and 6 ATR 72-600 aircrafts from 2018-2022.
To know more about CEB Cargo, you can visit their website www.cebupacificair.com or call their reservations office +632-7020-888.