Manila-based Cebu Pacific Air has unveiled the cabins of its new 459-seat Airbus A330neo, designed by LIFT Aero Design. “This project was all about infusing into the cabin the DNA of the Cebu Pacific brand and its origin, the beautiful island of Cebu”, said Daniel Baron, LIFT’s managing director.
Upon entering the aircraft, passengers will be greeted with a lighting panel emitting a fresh and inviting shade of teal, chosen to echo the clear waters of the Philippines. The front and rear walls of the cabin feature a vibrant blue-on-blue mango pattern, as Cebu is well-known for producing mango fruit. A raised Cebu Pacific logo in white ties the cabin together.
The design team focused on translating the airline’s distinct yellow and blue palette into an environment that Baron says reflects the airline’s “youthful and dynamic identity and Cebu roots.” The team worked with the baseline Airspace by Airbus cabin architecture.
The dynamic aspect is reflected in the Recaro seats, which have been given a ”sporty” look, with the blue-grey leather contrasting with a carbon fibre texture (reminiscent of Cebu’s famous puso or hanging rice) and colourful stitching in the airline’s signature yellow and blue (for premium and standard seats, respectively). Each seat is equipped with USB Type A and Type C ports for charging mobile devices inflight.
The mango motif appears again on one internal wall of the lavatories, in two shades of yellow. “With a single, carefully considered colour, we achieved our goal of a lavatory environment that doesn’t shy away from bold statements while maintaining a clean, professional look,” said Baron.
Bucher is supplying fully customised galleys, stowages, doghouses and partition walls to Airbus Toulouse for integration into Cebu Pacific’s A330-900neo. Bucher’s focus for this project was to enable Cebu to provide a high-density cabin, using the available space in the best way possible. In response Bucher developed a highly compressed galley design for the restricted space conditions, to allow Cebu to maximise seating capacity.