BUDGET carrier Cebu Pacific has said that it has recently taken delivery of its second freighter, as it aims to take advantage of the growing demand for freight from and to the Philippines in the midst of the ongoing pandemic crisis, a senior official said.

“We see this pandemic as an opportunity to recalibrate our company and simplify processes to satisfy the demands of our consumers. There is a growing demand for freight to and from the Philippines, and our fleet of dedicated cargo aircraft allows us to deal with this in a more efficient manner,” Cebgo, Inc. President and Chief Executive Officer Alex Reyes said in a statement sent to Cebu Pacific by e-mail on Wednesday.

The budget carrier, operated by Cebu Air, Inc., had its ATR 72-500 tail-numbered aircraft RP-C7253 converted at a facility in Dinard, France, where it also had its first freighter modified.

These two freighters are operated by Cebgo, a subsidiary of Cebu Air.

They are equipped with a “large cargo door, allowing a capacity of up to eight tons of palletized cargo,” Cebu Pacific said, adding that it has also recently modified the A330 passenger aircraft to a full-cargo configuration.

The budget carrier expects its freight business to continue to “flower” in the midst of a pandemic crisis.

Cebu Air had a net loss of P14.69 billion in the period January to September 2020 from the P6.77 billion profit generated in the same period in 2019.

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