(14 Dec 2020)
Cebu Pacific has taken delivery of its second
signed an agreement with
Switzerland-based IPR Conversions in July 2018, to convert two of
its ATR 72-500 passenger aircraft into freighter planes.
Cebu Pacific also recently modified one of its
Airbus A330-300 into an all-cargo configuration, removing seats so that
cargo can be carried in the main deck.
During the first few months of Philippines’
community quarantine to battle COVID19, only cargo flights were allowed to operate.
In Q3 2020, cargo accounted for 66 per cent of Cebu Pacific’s revenue compared to just 8 per cent during the same period last
To date, the airline has carried over 43,600 tonnes of
goods to and from domestic and international
cargo destinations since March. Hong
Kong, Dubai, Japan, Thailand, Shanghai and Guangzhou are amongst the carrier’s top destinations for cargo
operations with top commodities being semiconductors, automotive parts, aquaculture products,
medical goods, fruits and flowers.
“Amidst this pandemic, we have been evaluating our
business and were able to identify opportunities to innovate and
remain agile in the face of uncertainty,” said Alex Reyes, Vice
President for Commercial, Cebu Pacific Air. “We expect cargo
operations to continue growing as we reprioritize and utilise our existing aircraft fleet to
respond to the increased demand. Besides pivoting to focus more on
cargo operations, we are also mobilising our aircraft to give back
to the community by working closely with government agencies, organisations,
and partners to ensure logistics support is fully covered.”
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