Cebu Pacific Air has confirmed the Philippine LCC has begun the process for deciding on a new widebody aircraft order, a move it has often discussed in recent years.

Cebu sent out a request for information (RFI) late last year, an airline spokeswoman told ATW. While it is still studying all options, Cebu’s RFI is focused on the Airbus A330neo or Boeing 787.

Cebu has regularly said it was considering another widebody order and now appears to be acting on that intention. A Cebu executive told ATW last year the carrier must start planning to replace its existing A330ceos, and noted that a new widebody type could allow longer-range routes.

The next stage in the process would involve a formal request for proposals (RFP), and the “rough timeline” would see the RFP issued in the middle of this year, the Cebu spokeswoman said. The airline envisages an initial investment in up to 16 aircraft.

Cebu Pacific currently operates eight A330s in addition to its main fleet of about 50 A320-family aircraft. The airline intended to mainly use the A330s for long-haul routes, but has cut back on many long-haul routes in recent years and uses most of its A330s on the short- and medium-haul network.

Adrian Schofield, adrian.schofield@informa.com