Range Issues Hound CEB

As Balikbayan Boxes Left in DXB

23 December 2017

Cebu Pacific was forced to unload passenger cargo in Dubai just to reach Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Thursday when the airline discovered more Balikayan boxes than usual were being carried back home at this time of the year.

Cebu Pacific Corporate Communications director Charo Logarta Lagamon has made apologies to affected passengers who said they will deliver the luggage of the OFWs on the next flight.

The airline did not notify the passengers of the off-loading but was quick to make apology informing their passengers immediately upon arrival of the complication.

CEB said the off-loading has more to do with the operational requirements of the Airbus A330-300 as they were overweight carrying 440 passengers with excess luggage.

"Humihingi kami ng paumanhin sa mga pasaherong hindi naisakay 'yung bagahe. Sana nakapag-iwan sila ng kanilang contact details para maihatid sa kanila 'yung bagahe," Lagamon said.

A fully loaded Airbus A330-300 is capable of reaching 4,000 nautical miles or within the range to fly Dubai-Manila but because of the operational safety requirements imposed on airlines has to carry less than the structural payload of around 50,000 kilograms.

1 comment:

  1. See? What would you get if you force 436 pax plus their cargo/baggage into the A330?
    Payload Restrictions! Thus struggling with their Middle Eastern and Australian routes specially on peak season like this.

    CEB's management only thinks about making profit and not how to make flights efficient. I know that they are a Low-cost carrier but that doesn't mean making your aircraft a flying can of sardines.

    A320 in 180 might be acceptable, A321 in 230 is pretty decent though it must be at 220 but A330 at almost exit limit capacity is a no no. They should consider a wider legroom as this aicrafts are deployed in middle East and Australia as well as considering an "economy plus" cabin just like AirAsiaX. In this way, it can lessen the number of seats and making the aircraft "capable" even in peak season.