The Philippines’ leading carrier, Cebu Pacific Air (PSE: CEB) took delivery of a brand-new ATR 72-600 aircraft, bringing its total fleet size to 62 planes. This new ATR 72-600 is the eighth of the 16 firm orders CEB made with the Franco-Italian aircraft manufacturer in 2016.

The ATR fleet, used primarily by CEB subsidiary Cebgo, supports the expansion of the carrier’s footprint across the Philippines, bringing air connectivity to smaller cities and communities. Fuel-efficient and cost-effective, the ATR 72-600 is the most popular choice among the below-90-seat regional aircraft, carrying up to 78 passengers and a maximum load capacity of 7,800 kg. At full load, it can fly up to 900 nautical miles (1,665 km) at trip costs that are 20% lower than those of other in-production turboprops.

The ATR 72-600s also feature the most modern cabin interiors, specifically designed for ATR by the Italian firm Giugiaro, with thinner seats, larger overhead bins and LED lighting for optimal passenger experience.

The 62-strong Cebu Pacific fleet is now comprised of two (2) Airbus A319, 36 Airbus A320, eight (8) Airbus A330, eight (8) ATR 72-500, and eight (8) ATR 72-600. Between 2017 and 2022, CEB expects delivery of 47 brand-new aircraft, comprised of seven (7) Airbus A321ceo, 32 Airbus A321neo, and eight (8) ATR 72-600.