" Does compromising comfort for value, really worth it? "
During last week's Paris Air Show at Le Bourget, France, low-cost carrier, Cebu Pacific solidified their 31-aircraft deal with European aircraft manufacturer, Airbus. The memorandum of understanding is comprised of 16 A330-900neos, 10 A321XLRs, and 5 A320neos, allowing the airline to operate on a completely modern and fuel-efficient fleet by 2024.
The airline also announced plans of installing 460, no-recline, 9 abreast seating, in the A330-900neos, and will be the first ever Airbus customer to install 194 seats in an A320neo. To give you a better perspective, Singapore Airlines has 379-471 seats installed in their A380 double-decker, while Australian flag-carrier, Qantas has 484.
The long-winded story between airline companies and their constant need to increase seat numbers has been a controversy for years now. If Cebu Pacific decides to push through with their plan, does compromising comfort for value, really worth it? Some passengers might agree, some might beg to differ. In the end, the challenge is up to Cebu Pacific, and how they can keep their loyal customers, and at the same time, attract potential passengers.