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AirAsia Zest Airbus A320 overshoots the runway at Kalibo, Philippines

AirAsia Zest A320-200 RP-C8972 overshoots the runway at Kalibo

AirAsia Zest (AirAsia Philippines) (formerly Zest Air) (Manila), another associated airline of the AirAsia Group (Malaysia) (Kuala Lumpur), today (December 30) was involved in an incident in the Philippines while the world attention focuses on the crash of an AirAsia Indonesia Airbus A320. An AirAsia Zest Airbus A320-216, registered as RP-C8972 (msn 2826), today overshot the runway on landing at Kalibo on the island of Panay in the Philippines. Flight Z2 272 was operating from Manila to Kalibo with 159 passengers and crew members on board. There were no reported injuries.

Twitter photo by Jet Damazo-Santos.

Grounded Zest Air is now AirAsia Zest following an investment by AirAsia

AirAsia Zest A320 logo

Zest Air (Zest Airways) (Manila) has rebranded as AirAsia Zest (AirAsia Zest Airways, Inc., formerly Asian Spirit) following the investment of AirAsia (Malaysia) (Kuala Lumpur) through AirAsia Philippines (Clark).

In other related news, AirAsia Philippines will be temporarily suspending flights to Davao, Kalibo, Taipei and Hong Kong from Clark International Airport effective on October 9, 2013.

Flights between Clark and Hong Kong, however, will continue to operate from December 20, 2013 until January 6, 2014 to cater to the strong holiday demand.

Maan Hontiveros, Chief Executive Officer of AirAsia Philippines said, “The temporary suspension is primarily to manage costs following the recent grounding of Zest Air by the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP). This has affected many factors and allocating necessary resources such as aircraft and crew is critical to ensure its recovery.”

“Right now we need to focus our resources to support Zest Air where we have significant economic interest, and we believe in Zest Air’s potential with their Manila based operations,” added Hontiveros.

AirAsia Philippines holds a 49 percent share in Zest Air, a low-cost carrier operating in Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), Manila; and Zest Air will be carrying the AirAsia brand once it is approved by the CAAP.

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Zest Air: AG Slide Show

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AirAsia Zest A320 Cabin

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AirAsia Philippines acquires 40% of the stock of Zest Air in a stock trade

AirAsia Philippines (Angeles City, Pampanga-Clark International Airport) has agreed to acquire all of the shares Zest’s affiliate Asiawide Airways from Alfredo Yao, vice chairman of Export and Industry Bank Inc. and the Zest-O Corporation. This acquisition will give AirAsia 40 percent of the shares of Zest Air (Zest Airways) (Manila). In return, Yao will get a 15 percent share in closely held AirAsia (Kuala Lumpur) according to this report by Bloomberg.Each airline, both former competitors, will now operate separately but will be aligned with each other.

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Top Copyright Photo: Terry Wade. AirAsia’s (AirAsia.com) (Philippines) Airbus A320-216 RP-C8191 (msn 4989) is seen at London (Gatwick) prior to the delivery.

AirAsia: AG Slide Show

Zest Air: AG Slide Show

Middle Copyright Photo Below: AirAsia. AirAsia and Zest Air officials celebrate the new association.

AirAsia-Zest Air Celebration (AirAsia)(LR)

Bottom Copyright Photo: Manuel Negrerie. Zest Air’s (Zest Airways) Airbus A320-232 RP-C8994 (msn 743) climbs away from Taipei (TPE).

AirAsia Philippines to start operations on March 28

AirAsia Philippines (Manila-Clark) received its AOC on February 8, 2015 and will now start operations on March 26, 2012 on the Clark-Davao domestic route along with service to Kalibo (near Boracay). The initial fleet will be two Airbus A320s.

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Copyright Photo: Terry Wade.

AirAsia Philippines receives its AOC, plans to start operations next month

AirAsia Philippines (Manila-Clark) received its AOC on February 8, 2015 and intends to start operations on March 15, 2012 on the Clark-Davao domestic route along with service to Kalibo (near Boracay) and Puerto Princesa (Palawan) also starting in March 2012. International destinations of Singapore, Hong Kong and Macau are planned. The second group of international destinations is expected to be Bangkok, Seoul (Incheon). The carrier expects to lease around 14-16 Airbus A320s.

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AirAsia Philippines awaits its AOC in order to start operations

AirAsia Philippines (Manila-Clark-Diosdado Macapagal International Airport) is taking delivery of its new Airbus A320s. The new AirAsia carrier is currently going through the Air Operators Certificate (AOC) process. The carrier intends to start low-fare operations shortly from Clark (near Manila) once the AOC is received.

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AirAsia currently only has two routes to Clark:

AirAsia Philippines takes delivery of its first Airbus A320

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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AirAsia (Philippines) selects Clark as its hub

AirAsia Incorporated, the Philippine-based affiliate of AirAsia Group, has chosen Clark as its hub in the country.

The airline, which was established in December 2010, will be basing its operations at Clark’s Diosdado Macapagal International Airport.  The airline plans to start operating international flights from the airport in the fourth quarter of this year.

Clark is strategically located just north of Manila and is easily accessible to 23 million people from the National Capital Region and Central and Northern Luzon.  It is also where the airline’s sister company, Malaysia-based AirAsia Berhad, has been flying to from Kuala Lumpur and Kota Kinabalu since 2005.

Hontiveros, Antonio O. Cojuangco Jr. and Michael L. Romero own 60% of AirAsia, Inc. in equal partnership.  The remaining 40% is owned by AirAsia Berhad.

With the announcement, Clark will become the 13th regional hub of the ASEAN-based AirAsia Group, which currently includes AirAsia, Inc., AirAsia Berhad, AirAsia Thailand and AirAsia Indonesia.  The group’s 12 current hubs are Kuala Lumpur, Kota Kinabalu, Kuching and Penang in Malaysia; Bangkok, Phuket and Chiang Mai in Thailand; and Jakarta, Bandung, Surabaya, Medan and Bali in Indonesia.

The opening of AirAsia, Inc. is seen as a vote of confidence in the country’s growing economy and as a big boost to the archipelago’s airline and tourism industries.  It will leverage on the strength of AirAsia Group, which leads the low-cost airline industry in Asia.  The group has over 60 destinations in all 10 ASEAN countries, China, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Australia.  Through the group’s low-cost long-haul affiliate AirAsia X, its guests are able to fly to more destinations in Australia, New Zealand, China, Taiwan, India, Iran, Korea, Japan, France and the UK.   AirAsia Group has a young fleet of approximately 90 Airbus A320 aircraft, while AirAsia X has a fleet of 11 Airbus A330 and A340 aircraft.



AirAsia Philippines targets September 1 as its launch date

AirAsia (Philippines) (Diosdado Macapagal International Airport) is now targeting September 1 as its launch date according to this article by U.S. News Las Vegas.

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Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing. Please click on the photo for the full background on the new airline.

AirAsia is moving ahead with a joint venture in the Philippines

AirAsia (AirAsia.com) (Malaysia) (Kuala Limpur) is moving ahead with its planned new joint venture in the Philippines. AirAsia Philippines is expected to be launched in August 2011.

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