Airbus sells another 31 planes to Cebu Pacific at Paris Air Show

Key Points
  • Cebu Pacific's Chief Financial Officer Andrew Huang told a press conference Tuesday that there was a firm commitment to buy 16 A330neo, 10 of the recently announced long-range single-aisle A321XLR planes and five A320neo.
  • Deliveries of the A320neo and A330neo will begin in 2021, with the A321XLR variant set for delivery in 2024.
A Cebu Pacific jet takes off from Manila airport.
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The European planemaker Airbus announced another deal at the Paris Air Show — this time selling 31 commercial aircraft to Philippines low-cost airline Cebu Pacific.

Cebu Pacific's Chief Financial Officer Andrew Huang told a press conference Tuesday that there was a firm commitment to buy 16 A330neo, 10 of the recently announced long-range single-aisle A321XLR planes and five A320neo.

Deliveries of the A320neo and A330neo will begin in 2021, with the A321XLR variant set for delivery in 2024.

The airline has no intention to put a premium class in its A320neo and said it would be the first plane of its type to have 194 seats in a single class layout.

Cebu Pacific could use the XLR for flights between Philippines and destinations in India and Australia, although Huang refused to be drawn on any new routes.

Air Asia deal

Also on Tuesday Air Asia announced it would convert 253 existing orders for Airbus's A320neo to its larger A321neo version.

In total Air Asia has placed orders for 592 A320 family aircraft. The airline operates out of bases in Malaysia, India, Indonesia, Japan, the Philippines and Thailand.

Airbus has sold more than 6,500 variants of the A320 aircraft.