Monday, August 15, 2011

AirAsia Philippines welcomes first aircraft with fanfare (Must see- Video clip attached)

Neelam Mathews
Aug 15, 2011

Click to see- some great images-

AirAsia Philippines received its first aircraft, a 180-seater brand new Airbus A320 at at the Diosdado Macapagal International Airport in Clark, Philippines.

The aircraft that flew in from the Airbus factory in Toulouse, France, is the first among four aircraft that will be delivered to AirAsia Philippines in its first year of operation. The second one is slated to arrive later this year and another two will be delivered in 2012.
 “As an archipelagic country, air travel is necessary for Filipinos and we are here to serve and help them stay or be better connected with their families and friends,” said Marianne Hontiveros, CEO, AirAsia Philippines.

 “The Philippines has great potential in tourism, as our country has so much to offer.  With AirAsia Philippines, we hope to increase the number of tourist arrivals.  This is good for the community in Clark as well as Northern and Central Luzon as they can benefit in various areas including hospitality, retail and entertainment,” she added.

 AirAsia Philippines is awaiting official approval to start flying commercially. The airline plans to use the first aircraft to fly to Singapore, Macau and Hong Kong, and the second one to ply routes to Bangkok (Thailand), Incheon (South Korea), Kalibo (near Boracay, Philippines) and Puerto Princesa (Palawan, Philippines). 

The establishment of AirAsia Inc. (AirAsia Philippines) was announced in December 2010.  It is 60% owned in equal partnership by Filipino entrepreneurs Marianne Hontiveros, Antonio Cojuangco Jr. and Michael Romero, and 40% owned by AirAsia Berhad through its wholly-owned subsidiary AirAsia International Inc.

 AirAsia Philippines is the fourth member of AirAsia Group, which now includes AirAsia Berhad (also known as AirAsia Malaysia), AirAsia Thailand and AirAsia Indonesia.  

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