BUDGET carrier Cebu Pacific (CEB) announced on Tuesday that it had taken delivery of its 10th A321neo (new engine option) from Airbus, as part of its strategy to boost operations by adding more environmentally friendly aircraft.

The newest A321neo is the airline’s 18th eco-plane, it said in an e-mailed statement.

The eco-plane “is known for its 20% increase in fuel-efficiency, on top of nearly 50% reduction in noise footprint compared to previous generation aircraft,” it added.

Cebu Pacific Chief Strategy Officer Alex B. Reyes said the airline’s shift to the more fuel-efficient neo engine aircraft “not only supports our sustainability strategy, but also enables us to continue offering our trademark low fares.”

“The arrival is timely because we see positive developments indicating recovery. We are continuously ramping up our domestic network and are preparing for more international destinations to ease restrictions for leisure travelers,” he added.

The airline aims to restore more than 100% of its pre-pandemic domestic capacity this month.

It recently renewed its partnership with the Singapore Tourism Board “to inspire Filipinos to travel again.”

“We believe this partnership is very timely as it’ll surely contribute to the recovery of both the industry, as well as our respective countries,” said Candice A. Iyog, vice-president for marketing and customer experience at Cebu Pacific.

The airline noted that Singapore recently reopened its borders to all fully vaccinated Filipinos. — Arjay L. Balinbin