Airbus got a jumpstart on its goal of boosting the backlog for its new A320neo family of airliners to 500 orders by the end of this year’s Paris Air Show by signing a deal with Cebu Pacific earlier this week. The Philippines-based carrier has signed a memorandum of understanding with Airbus for the purchase of 30 A321neos. The carrier has also exercised existing options for seven more standard A320s, increasing to 41 the total number of airplanes it has ordered from the Airbus single-aisle product line. The aircraft will join an existing fleet of A319s and A320s flying on the low-fare carrier’s domestic and regional network.
Cebu Pacific’s network covers 33 domestic and 16 international destinations, including Osaka, Seoul, Beijing, Jakarta, Bangkok and Singapore.
The largest model in the A320neo series, the A321neo claims fuel savings of 15 percent and additional range capability of over 500 nm (950 kilometers), or the ability to carry two tons more payload at a given range. The fuel savings alone translate into some 3,600 fewer metric tons of CO2 per aircraft per year, claims Airbus. The company also maintains the aircraft will provide a double-digit reduction in NOx emissions and reduced engine noise.
Cebu Pacific hasn’t yet announced an engine choice for its A321neos, which are scheduled for certification in 2017. Airbus offers either the CFM Leap X or Pratt & Whitney’s PurePower PW1100G for the Neo family.