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Cebu Pacific to double widebody fleet; issues RFI

January 31, 2019 / MAVIS TOH

Cebu Pacific is looking to order up to 16 new widebody aircraft, and has requested for Airbus and Boeing to provide more information about its A330neo and 787.The low-cost airline’s chief executive adviser Mike Szucs tells FlightGlobal that the RFI was sent out in late 2018, and that discussions with the manufacturers will take place this quarter. Thereafter, it expects to launch a request for proposal for the widebody jets in the middle of the year.The aircraft are expected to be delivered from the end of 2020 or in 2021. They will support growth in slot-constrained markets rather than the expansion of the airline's long-haul network.We are not doubling our widebody fleet to go and fly lots of places long-haul. Yes we will want to do long-haul, yes we may do the [US] west coast, but that is not our priority,” says Szucs.