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Cebu Pacific gets its 1st cargo-dedicated aircraft.

BUDGET carrier Cebu Pacific received late Tuesday its first cargo-dedicated aircraft, a 'significant move' that, according to the manufacturer of the plane, would help bring efficiencies to the operations of the airline.

The freighter, an ATR 72-500 aircraft, gives Cebu Pacific the 'ability to bring cargo in and out of destinations served by airports with short runways where only turboprops can take off and land.'

It is the first of its type in the Philippines.

The cargo plane is equipped with a large cargo door that allows for a load of up to seven LD3 (unit load device measurement) air cargo containers. It has a capacity of eight tons of cargo.

'Cebu Pacific's move into dedicated freighter operations is significant. The Philippine carrier was already carrying cargo in the belly-hold of its passenger aircraft, but the ATR 72-500 is its first dedicated freighter,' ATR, the manufacturer of the plane, said in a media advisory.

It added: 'Interestingly, the ATR freighter can carry LD3 containers, as can Cebu Pacific's A330 passenger aircraft. So it means domestic freight can fly into Manila on the ATR and then be transferred to the A330 aircraft for export.'

The conversion of the freighter was done at a Sabena Technics facility in Dinard, France, with the help of IPR Conversions, which has 'supplemental type certificates for ATR passenger-to-freighter conversions.'

Cebu Pacific decided last year to convert two of its ATR planes to dedicated cargo aircraft. The second converted plane will be delivered late this year.

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Publication:Business Mirror (Makati City, Philippines)
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Date:Aug 8, 2019
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