AirAsia Philippines (Manila-Clark-Diosdado Macapagal International Airport) on August 13 received its first Airbus A320 (A320-216 RP-C8189, msn 4797). The first aircraft arrived at Clark two days later.
The new airline is a joint venture between Filipino investors and AirAsia International Ltd, a subsidiary of AirAsia of Malaysia. The Filipino group includes Antonio Conjuangco, Jr., former owner of Associated Broadcasting Company with flagship television station TV5, Micheal Romero, a real estate developer and port operator, and Marianne Hontiveros.
AirAsia Philippines is the fourth member of AirAsia Group, which now includes AirAsia (Malaysia), AirAsia Thailand and AirAsia Indonesia.
AirAsia Philippines is awaiting its AOC in order to start operating. The airline plans to use the first A320 to fly to Singapore, Macau and Hong Kong. The second A320 is due later this year and will fly to Bangkok, Seoul (Incheon), Kalibo (near Boracay, Philippines) and Puerto Princesa (Palawan, Philippines).
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