CEBU CITY, PHILIPPINES — On January 1, Cebu Pacific received the first of 10 brand new Airbus NEO planes that are expected to be delivered to the airline this year.

The planes include three A320neos, four A321neos, and four A330neos, and this is the airline's ninth Airbus 320neo. The aircraft flew from Airbus's facility in Hamburg, Germany, to the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila using sustainable aviation fuel (SAF).

"This SAF-powered aircraft delivery supports our sustainability strategy in shifting to a more fuel-efficient NEO fleet by 2028. We will continue prioritizing our sustainability journey as we maintain our position as the greenest airline in Asia," said Alex Reyes, chief strategy officer at Cebu Pacific.

Sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) is a type of fuel that can be used as a replacement for fossil fuels without any modifications to the aircraft or engines. It does not negatively affect performance or maintenance, and it can lead to a reduction of up to 80% in carbon emissions over its lifecycle. SAF is often referred to as a "drop-in fuel" because it can be easily used in place of conventional fossil fuels.

Cebu Pacific is the first low-cost airline in Southeast Asia to use sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) in its operations. The airline received its third A330neo in May 2022 and began using SAF at that time. CEB's goal of incorporating SAF into its operations aligns with the global aviation industry's commitment to achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2050. In order to become more fuel-efficient and keep fares affordable for passengers, the carrier has made various investments in its operations.

The operator is working on modernizing its fleet as part of its sustainable journey. The airline's other major pillars for sustainability include resource optimization, such as implementing fuel efficiency best practices, and using sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) on green routes by 2025.

Currently, CEBU Pacific's fleet consists of 21 A320ceo planes, nine A320neo planes, seven A321ceo planes, 10 A321neo planes, four A330ceo planes, four A330neo planes, 14 ATR 72-600 planes, six ATR 72-500 planes, and two ATR freighters.