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Airphil Express gets ready for its first new Airbus A320

Airphil Express (airphilexpress.com) (formerly Air Philippines) (Manila) is getting ready to take delivery of its third Airbus A320, but the first new example direct from Airbus. Air Philippines ceased operations on August 31, 2009 but the company reorganized and relaunched low-fare operations under the current name on March 28, 2010 with two leased 177-seat A320s. The A320s began flying from Manila to Iloilo, Bacolod, Puerto Princesa and Cagayan de Oro.

Airphil Express is acquiring a total of 20 new airplanes over the next four years, in addition to the current fleet of two A320s, eight Bombardier DHC-8-400 (Q400) and DHC-8-300 (Q300) turboprop aircraft.

Aside from the two leased A320s, four brand-new A320s will also be delivered from the Airbus manufacturing facility in Toulouse, France between September and November 2010. Four more aircraft will join the fleet next year, five aircraft in 2012 and another five in 2013.

Copyright Photo: Brand new Airbus A320-214 with the test registration of F-WWIZ (msn 4415) taxies at Toulouse in the 2010 livery. The airliner will become RP-C8388.

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Air Philippines to acquire 20 Airbus A320s, relaunches as Airphil Express

Air Philippines (airphilexpress.com) (subsidiary of Philippines) (Manila) relaunched operations and changed its name to Airphil Express on March 28, 2010 with the acquisition of two Airbus A320-200 aircraft on lease from its parent Philippines (Philippine Airlines).

The two A320s, sporting the new Airphil Express livery and configured to 177 seats, started operations on March 28 from Manila to Iloilo, Bacolod, Puerto Princesa and Cagayan de Oro, signaling the resumption of jet service to these domestic points.

The first A320, ex-Philippines A320-214 registered RP-C3227 (msn 2183), was introduced in a ceremony on March 27 at the airline’s hangar at Nichols, Pasay City.

The redesigned website:

http://www.airphilexpress.com/index.php

Airphil Express is acquiring a total of 20 new A320s over the next four years, to be added to the current fleet of eight Bombardier DHC-8-400 (Q400) and DHC-8-300 (Q300) turbo-prop aircraft.

Aside from the two leased narrow-body jets, four brand-new A320s will also be delivered from Airbus’ manufacturing facility in Toulouse, France, between September and November 2010. Four more A320 aircraft will join the fleet next year, five aircraft in 2012 and another five in 2013.