Cebu to add new points to long-haul flights

Philippine budget carrier also buying 49 Airbuses over 8 years


THE president and chief executive officer of Cebu Pacific, Lance Gokongwei, has a lot on his plate for the coming year.

For one thing, the Philippines' top-ranking budget carrier plans to extend its international long-haul flights to Australia and Saudi Arabia and expand on its services to Japan. Secondly, it has ordered brand-new Airbus 330-300s, he told The Business Times in an interview yesterday.

"This particular period is exciting because we are launching our long-haul services. We've started flying to Dubai, and our plan is to ultimately roll out at least eight new aircraft over the next three or four years," he said.

The current fleet stands at 47 aircraft. If the airline's plans...

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