Cebu Pacific is the Philippines' largest low-cost carrier that operates an all-Airbus fleet. Its primary workhorse will soon be the Airbus A321neo. Out of the 32 frames ordered, 9 have already been delivered to the airline as of this writing.
The A321neo is set to be a champion in fuel efficiency. It’ll be able to carry up to 236 passengers to Cebu Pacific’s most frequently traveled destinations, now consuming less fuel than ever.
Two of the biggest contributing features to the A321neo’s “EcoPlane” status are the Pratt & Whitney PurePower PW1100G-JM engines and the winglets also known as 'Sharklet' which act like sky-high spoilers for the planes. The new engines deliver more power per liter of fuel than ever before, while the Sharklets use the air around the plane’s wings to decrease vortex drag. This all means it takes less fuel burn to send the A321 to all of the same cities in the same amount of time.
About the Airbus A321neo
The A321neo is the longest-fuselage member of Airbus’ best-selling, single-aisle A320 Family, comfortably seating 180 to 220 passengers in a typical two-class interior layout, and as many as 244 in a higher-density arrangement.
The NEO (New Engine Option) is available for the A320 Family’s three largest versions: the A319neo, A320neo, and A321neo. There is a choice of two advanced turbofan engines: the PurePower PW1100G-JM from Pratt & Whitney; and the LEAP-1A from CFM International. The NEO versions also feature Airbus’ large, fuel-saving wingtip devices known as Sharklet.
Together, they bring per-seat fuel improvements of 20%, along with an additional range of up to 500nm or two tons of extra payload.
Airbus expanded the A321neo’s seating capacity with the optimized use of cabin space, increased exit limits, and a new cabin door configuration. Called the “Cabin-Flex,” it increases the jetliner’s maximum certified capacity to 244 seats, while still accommodating Airbus’ modern comfort standard of seats that are at least 18 inches wide.
Like every member of the A320 Family, the A321’s widest cross-section in the single-aisle jetliner category enables airlines to utilize the Airbus standard of 18-inch-wide seats – giving passengers an even more comfortable flight.
The cabin width also offers the possibility for a wider aisle and plenty of overhead storage space to help passengers board and disembark with minimum fuss, as well as giving cabin crew more space in which to work.
- Gerard Belvis / Planespotters.net