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Cebu Pacific Launches Dubai!

Thu Jan 17, 2013 10:38 am

It has been known since last year that Cebu Pacific have intensions of getting eight A330-300s to start up long-haul operations. As of this morning, the airline finally announced the first destination: Dubai.

Flights will be operated on a daily basis using one-class configured A330-300s, seating 436 passengers.

5J7944 MNL1640 – 2140DXB 333 D
5J7945 DXB2310 – 1140+1MNL 333 D

Flights will start on October 7.

A side note is that capacity on the route will be doubled, as Emirates recently added a third daily 77W two weeks ago.


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RE: Cebu Pacific Launches Dubai!

Thu Jan 17, 2013 10:46 am

Nice that they're trying some new routes. Would be nice to see them in Europe sometime.

Quoting CityAirline (Thread starter):
A330-300s, seating 436 passengers

I bet that'll be cozy for the pax and the crew. At least the average Philipino is smaller than the average Westerner, so for the majority of pax it shouldn't be too uncomfortable.
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RE: Cebu Pacific Launches Dubai!

Thu Jan 17, 2013 10:48 am

Quoting CityAirline (Thread starter):
Flights will be operated on a daily basis using one-class configured A330-300s, seating 436 passengers.

That is one crowded A-330, hope there is not one bilakbayan (sp?) box for each passenger or that 333 won't get off the ground.  
Quoting CityAirline (Thread starter):
Emirates recently added a third daily 77W two weeks ago.

I'm going to go out on a limb, and say that EK & 5J are targeting two very different passenger audiences.
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RE: Cebu Pacific Launches Dubai!

Thu Jan 17, 2013 11:37 am

Quoting RWA380 (Reply 2):
I'm going to go out on a limb, and say that EK & 5J are targeting two very different passenger audiences.

Not really. Cebu Pacific are mainly targeting Filipino overseas workers, which is also what the majority of the passengers onboard Emirates flights to Manila are. Sure, there are also business and tourist travelers, but their share is small.
The only difference would be that 5J is targeting more O/D pax to DXB, whereas EK transfer alot more, but either way it's mainly the samy type of passengers.

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RE: Cebu Pacific Launches Dubai!

Thu Jan 17, 2013 11:45 am

Quoting RWA380 (Reply 2):
bilakbayan (sp?) box

It's Balikbayan  
Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 1):
I bet that'll be cozy for the pax and the crew. At least the average Philipino is smaller than the average Westerner, so for the majority of pax it shouldn't be too uncomfortable.
Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 1):
I bet that'll be cozy for the pax and the crew. At least the average Philipino is smaller than the average Westerner, so for the majority of pax it shouldn't be too uncomfortable.

True point well made. I'm half Filipino myself but six feet tall, so it doesn't really sound attempting. Pricelevel on the other hand does.
Funny thing is Thomas Cook Scandinavia flies from its bases to Thailand using A330-300s configured with 408 seats, and Scandinavians are generally tall. But people here in up here don't seem to care...
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RE: Cebu Pacific Launches Dubai!

Thu Jan 17, 2013 11:46 am

Quoting CityAirline (Thread starter):
seating 436 passengers.

Here's the lattest 9 abreast operator of the A330. They are only four seats short of the maximum for the type. It's gonna be quite a henhouse in there.
 
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RE: Cebu Pacific Launches Dubai!

Thu Jan 17, 2013 11:53 am

They're offering a seat sale: P899 base, plus P100 administrative fee, plus taxes until supplies last. Computations online are estimating the total fare at around P11,000 round-trip.

Sounds very good. 
Quoting CityAirline (Reply 4):
True point well made. I'm half Filipino myself but six feet tall, so it doesn't really sound attempting. Pricelevel on the other hand does.

I've seen pretty tall people on 5J's narrow-bodies, so you should be fine if the pitch will be the same on the new A330s.   
 
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RE: Cebu Pacific Launches Dubai!

Thu Jan 17, 2013 11:54 am

How many flight attendants do they need to take care of 436 pass. I thought there is some kind of ratio.
 
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RE: Cebu Pacific Launches Dubai!

Thu Jan 17, 2013 12:19 pm

Quoting legacyins (Reply 7):
How many flight attendants do they need to take care of 436 pass. I thought there is some kind of ratio.

I know that for an A320, they have four flight attendants. If the A330's capacity is any indication, I'm expecting somewhere between 12 and 16.
 
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RE: Cebu Pacific Launches Dubai!

Thu Jan 17, 2013 12:24 pm

Quoting legacyins (Reply 7):
How many flight attendants do they need to take care of 436 pass. I thought there is some kind of ratio.

One flight attendant per 50 passenger seats is required, which would require 9 flight attendants for their A330.

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RE: Cebu Pacific Launches Dubai!

Thu Jan 17, 2013 12:56 pm

Is 436 the highest density found on a A330-300? Not sure how many seats there are on the new A333 of Corsair.
 
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RE: Cebu Pacific Launches Dubai!

Thu Jan 17, 2013 1:25 pm

Quoting EY460 (Reply 10):
Is 436 the highest density found on a A330-300?

Maximum seating capacity in a single class layout is 440, so this is pretty much the highest capacity found on the A333.

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RE: Cebu Pacific Launches Dubai!

Thu Jan 17, 2013 3:17 pm

Quoting EY460 (Reply 10):
Not sure how many seats there are on the new A333 of Corsair.

None. Corsair doesn't fly A330-300s, just -200s.
 
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RE: Cebu Pacific Launches Dubai!

Thu Jan 17, 2013 3:30 pm

Quoting SpaceshipDC10 (Reply 12):
None. Corsair doesn't fly A330-300s, just -200s.

Are you sure about that?

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RE: Cebu Pacific Launches Dubai!

Thu Jan 17, 2013 3:34 pm

Quoting SpaceshipDC10 (Reply 12):
None. Corsair doesn't fly A330-300s, just -200s.

Actually, since recently, they do.
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RE: Cebu Pacific Launches Dubai!

Thu Jan 17, 2013 3:43 pm

Quoting nuckleuz (Reply 13):

   My bad. Completely forgot these. C18Y332 This is what they are craming into the shorter ones, so I guess for the -300s it's gonna be around 400 seats unless they go for a one class config with 440.
 
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RE: Cebu Pacific Launches Dubai!

Thu Jan 17, 2013 3:48 pm

Quoting Akiestar (Reply 6):
estimating the total fare at around P11,000 round-trip.

So around $275 round-trip. Hope they can make it to work.
 
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RE: Cebu Pacific Launches Dubai!

Thu Jan 17, 2013 4:20 pm

EK/5J/GF/EY/QR/SV/KU really all go for the same low yield labour market - there is no other market between these places. Last time I flew EK in J there were 6 paid pax but the cabin went out full and that's a daily occurrence.
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RE: Cebu Pacific Launches Dubai!

Sat Jan 19, 2013 12:50 pm

Quoting Akiestar (Reply 6):
I've seen pretty tall people on 5J's narrow-bodies, so you should be fine if the pitch will be the same on the new A330s.

I'm sure I would, was a bit sarcastic. I've been on flights with 5J before and was quite saticfied.

Quoting prflyer (Reply 16):
So around $275 round-trip. Hope they can make it to work.

One needs to remember that these are the Promo fares. I believe the average fare on these flights will be around double.

Quoting Lufthansa747 (Reply 17):
EK/5J/GF/EY/QR/SV/KU really all go for the same low yield labour market - there is no other market between these places.

Exactly. Although the thing is, low yield markets can be profitable, you just need to have the right configuration for the aircraft you send (and ofcourse a few other factors). If airlines squeze as many seats as possible and manages to fill them, that's the primary way to success in a low yield market.

Quoting Lufthansa747 (Reply 17):
Last time I flew EK in J there were 6 paid pax but the cabin went out full and that's a daily occurrence.

Agreed. I flew MNL-AUH on EY last July and economy was packed with 384 passenges, while business was filled 11/28. How many of these eleven were paying full fare? That's another question...

That being said, I think this new route by 5J will be highly popular and it will be interesting to see which new routes will follow.

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RE: Cebu Pacific Launches Dubai!

Sat Jan 19, 2013 3:17 pm

Quoting SpaceshipDC10 (Reply 15):
My bad. Completely forgot these. C18Y332 This is what they are craming into the shorter ones, so I guess for the -300s it's gonna be around 400 seats unless they go for a one class config with 440.

Corsair International go for a two class configuration on their A330-300 : C26Y334 = 360 seats.
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That's not as dense as Cebu Pacific...

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 1):
Would be nice to see them in Europe sometime.

The EC imposed in 2010 a flight ban on all air carriers registered in the Philippines. To my knowledge this flight ban has not been lifted yet.
Otherwise I do agree : it would be nice indeed to see 5J in Europe with their attractive fares ! The Philippines are certainly a wonderful destination for vacation !
 
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RE: Cebu Pacific Launches Dubai!

Sat Jan 19, 2013 3:26 pm

Quoting Azure (Reply 19):

The EC imposed in 2010 a flight ban on all air carriers registered in the Philippines. To my knowledge this flight ban has not been lifted yet.

PR, 5J and 2P are very likely candidates for exemption from the blacklist. For one, PR has already asked the EU for an exemption which I presume includes 2P. I'm inclined to believe that 5J will do the same as well.

The UK promised assistance to get Philippine carriers off the blacklist: I wonder how it intends to do that.
 
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RE: Cebu Pacific Launches Dubai!

Sat Jan 19, 2013 3:34 pm

Quoting Azure (Reply 19):
Otherwise I do agree : it would be nice indeed to see 5J in Europe with their attractive fares ! The Philippines are certainly a wonderful destination for vacation !

Would a 436 seat A333 even have the range to fly nonstop to Europe?
 
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RE: Cebu Pacific Launches Dubai!

Sat Jan 19, 2013 7:17 pm

Quoting Akiestar (Reply 20):
The UK promised assistance to get Philippine carriers off the blacklist: I wonder how it intends to do that.

To my knowledge it is not the UK that promised to help Philippine carriers but the EC itself. More info here : http://news.aviation-safety.net/2010...ncludes-sudan-and-the-philippines/
 
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RE: Cebu Pacific Launches Dubai!

Sat Jan 19, 2013 10:09 pm

Quoting Lufthansa747 (Reply 17):
EK/5J/GF/EY/QR/SV/KU really all go for the same low yield labour market - there is no other market between these places.

     

CX carries the highest number of Philippine bound pax out of DXB after EK.

Alex, any idea how this would impact CX's market share?
 
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RE: Cebu Pacific Launches Dubai!

Sat Jan 19, 2013 11:13 pm

Quoting CityAirline (Reply 3):
Not really. Cebu Pacific are mainly targeting Filipino overseas workers, which is also what the majority of the passengers onboard Emirates flights to Manila are. Sure, there are also business and tourist travelers, but their share is small.
Quoting VictorTango (Reply 23):
CX carries the highest number of Philippine bound pax out of DXB after EK.

Well, if Cebu Pacific is much cheaper than Cathay or Emirates, it will easily run with full loads on this route. However there is such a large number of Filipinos in the UAE and surrounding middle eastern countries that all three airlines will probably continue flying from Dubai to Manila. (Though I can see Emirates possibly having to reduce their schedule again slightly.) We also have Etihad from Abu Dhabi, Qatar from Doha, Kuwait Airways from Kuwait City, Saudia from Riyadh, Gulf Air from Bahrain etc etc. all to Manila so one extra daily flight from the region is not all that serious.

I have personally flown Qatar from Doha to Cebu and Emirates from Dubai to Manila as well as many times in the far east with Cebu Pacific including international routes such as Hong Kong to Cebu.

Even though the Cebu Pacific A333s will be seated all economy, I wouldn't be surprised if they are well kitted out with advanced IFE for all passengers. The Philippines no longer has the cash shortage it had in the past.

Cebu Pacific also has the advantage of an extensive (and growing) route network out of Manila to most of the cities in the Philippines as well as most major cities in the far east for that matter. However these are run on a low cost model so I'm not sure whether it will be possible to travel from Dubai through to any of these other destinations on one booking. Someone could perhaps enlighten me there. If they do make through bookings possible, they will be onto a good thing here.

Can anyone speculate what other international routes Cebu might annouce using A333?
 
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RE: Cebu Pacific Launches Dubai!

Sun Jan 20, 2013 7:22 am

Quoting CityAirline (Reply 18):
One needs to remember that these are the Promo fares. I believe the average fare on these flights will be around double.

You are not too far off the reality ...
With their "regular promo" fare of 7000,-Peso ow. (plus taxes) you´ll end up paying around 680,-US$ for a round-trip (incl. taxes and add-ons like baggage/food)
The number of those "super dooper promo" seats at 899,-Peso are really very limited (and shouldn´t be considered "realistic") and most OFW´s won´t be able to get one.
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