MANILA, Philippines (UPDATE) - Budget carrier Cebu Pacific is set to fly to Dubai, its first long-haul destination, in October.
The Gokongwei-led airline will start its daily flights to Dubai on October 7, 2013.
Cebu Pacific will be holding a seat sale for the Manila to Dubai route for only P888 one-way. The sale will run from today to January 20, and for travel from October 7 to January 15, 2014.
No Philippine carriers are currently plying the Middle East routes.
Cebu Pacific will be up against Emirates Airlines, which is the only airline with direct flights from Dubai to Manila. Emirates is adding an additional flight from Dubai to Manila in January 2013. It currently flies twice daily non-stop between Manila and Dubai.
Cebu Pacific is planning to lease up to 8 Airbus A330-300 aircraft to serve new markets beyond the range of its current fleet of Airbus A320 aircraft. The A330-300 planes have a range of up to 11 hours, which means the airline can embark on long-haul flights that are within 11 hours of the Philippines. - With report from Kathleen A. Martin, ABS-CBNnews.com