Cebu Pacific also has an order with Airbus for 21 A320s and 30 A321NEOs, which should be added to the fleet starting this year and ending 2021.
“The importance of the A321NEOs in years to come, with slot constraints, cannot be under-estimated,” Kingshott says. “It has been our plan to grow capacity in slot constrained markets.”
Even though Cebu Pacific is moving towards larger narrowbodies, there appears to be little hope of convincing Kingshott of the merits of larger turboprops.
When asked if Cebu Pacific may be interested in the new 90-seat turboprop that ATR is developing, Kingshott says there is “no interest from where I am sitting.”
Cebu Pacific mostly uses its ATR 72s to serve Caticlan, a small airport that can only handle turboprops and is the gateway to Boracay, the Philippines’ most popular resort area.