Established in 1996, Cebu Pacific Air operates out of the Philippines as a Low-Cost carrier with a fleet of 66 aircraft that serves 63 destinations covering Asia, the Middle East, United States and Australia.

It was reported back in May that Cebu Pacific Air was looking into their long-term fleet plans this was after the travel industry saw dampened demand due to the COVID-19 Pandemic that impacted airlines finances and operations. The airline is also the largest carrier by Capacity that serves the Philippines.

Cebu Pacific Air Is The Largest Carrier serving the Philippines

LARGEST AIRLINES BY CAPACITY in the Philippines (w/c 30-Sep-2019)

Source: Blue Swan Daily

As part of their fleet plan and cost-cutting efforts, the airline had decided to send 9 aircraft for long term storage in Australia, 7 Airbus 321s and 2 Airbus 333s. The aircraft would be parked at the Asia Pacific Aircraft Storage (APAS) facility in Alice Springs. Other measures the airline had taken include retrenchment of roughly 800 personnel by August.

Like many other Asian carriers that experience high humidity conditions at their hubs, Australia offers ideal conditions for storage of these aircraft especially in Alice Springs that experiences low humidity which reduces the risk of moisture corrosion.

Initial delivery schedule of Cebu Pacific's aircraft order book

Source: Cirium

It wouldn’t be surprising to see the timeline for deliveries of their 58 aircraft order book to be changed from the initial schedule.

Cathay Pacific was reported to also be looking at storing their aircraft abroad, while Cebu Pacific Air’s aircraft would be sharing the facility at APAS with the fleet of Singapore Airlines, Scoot, Fiji Airways & Silk Air.

Source: Aviation Updates Philippines, Cebu Pacific Air & Cirium