Cebu Pacific to grow cargo biz amid pandemic

    Additional aircraft. CEB recently took delivery of a second ATR cargo freighter.

    Cebu Pacific (CEB) has seen an opportunity to grow its cargo operations driven by increasing demand amid the pandemic.

    “We saw this pandemic as an opportunity to recalibrate our business and optimize operations to address the needs of our customers. There is a growing demand for cargo to and from the Philippines and our fleet of dedicated cargo aircraft allows us to address this while doing so in a more efficient manner,” said Alex Reyes, Cebgo president and chief executive officer.

    CEB has ensured transport of essential goods is not hampered, especially during this time. The carrier said it anticipates its cargo business to continue flourishing as well as its investment in dedicated cargo aircraft.

    CEB recently took delivery of its second ATR cargo freighter, further strengthening its cargo operations to and from domestic airports with short runways.

    The ATR 72-500 aircraft was converted at the Sabena Technics DNR S.A.S. facility in Dinard, France. CEB’s first freighter that arrived in August 2019 was likewise converted at the same facility.

    Both ATR freighters, operated by CEB’s subsidiary Cebgo, are equipped with a large cargo door allowing for capacity to be as much as eight tons of palletized cargo.

    Apart from its two ATR freighters, CEB also recently modified one of its A330 aircraft into an all-cargo configuration, removing seats so that cargo can be carried in the main deck.