AirPhil adds new Airbus jet to fleet


Budget carrier Air Philippines, operator of the AirPhil Express brand, has added another plane to its growing fleet as the company looks to expand its regional operations and become a major contender in the local air travel sector.

In a statement, Air Philippines said it recently took delivery of its 20th plane, a brand-new Airbus A320 leased from Germany.

This brings the number of Air Philippines jets to 12. The company also operates eight turbo-propeller engine aircraft.

The new plane was the second addition to the company’s fleet since the start of 2012.

“The new acquisition is part of the company’s ongoing expansion this year and is seen to help enhance servicing of the budget airline’s continuously expanding routes,” the company said in a statement.

“The budget airline is also aiming to increase its fleet size further to be able to ensure convenient flights daily to more local destinations throughout the country,” it added.

Air Philippines is an affiliate of flag carrier Philippine Airlines. Both carriers are now under the control of conglomerate San Miguel Corp., led by president Ramon S. Ang.

Ang recently announced a plan to have the budget carrier assume all short-haul flights from PAL as part of the airline’s restructuring.

“The additional aircraft could surely help back our growing operations in the country,” said Mayette Siasoco, vice president of the company’s consumer marketing division. “Flyers can look forward to a more enjoyable yet budget-friendly travels in the comforts of our brand-new aircraft.”

The company said it recently added daily flights to Kalibo, Puerto Princesa, Tacloban and Cebu, all coming from Manila. It also increased flights to Cagayan de Oro, Zamboanga and Tawi-Tawi out of the company’s hub in Cebu.

Aside from Manila and Cebu, Air Philippines also operates a major hub in Clark Freeport, Pampanga, which is being groomed to replace Metro Manila as home of the country’s premier Ninoy Aquino International Airport.

Air Philippines is currently the second-largest budget airline in the country, behind Cebu Pacific.

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  • Jao Romero

    they really need to upgrade their planes and add more planes. we just endured a 2 and a half hour delay in our flight because the plane we were supposed to board was non-serviceable. we were transferred to a smaller plane and as a result, not all of the passengers were able to board the flight. only the first 56 passengers who checked in were allowed to board the flight. late comers were unable to board the flight. good thing it’s always our habit to check in hours early for a flight. idk what they did with those passengers. all of them were pretty irate as we were boarding the plane.

    because our flight missed the scheduled takeoff given by the tower, we had to wait for an hour to get permission from the tower to take off. that’s another problem of our airport. too much congestion. di na kinakaya ang napakaraming eroplano. kelangan na talagang lakihan.

    i’ll never book AirPhil again. i’ve had a chance to fly CebuPac and so far, Cebu Pac is better. in fact, we only took this flight with AirPhil because this was a complimentary ticket given by AirPhil for the time we missed our flight to Manila last November. for our troubles, we were given free round trip tickets anywhere in the Philippines plus the original round trip ticket from Naga to Manila.

    I hope they improve their service because at this rate, even Cebu Pac will be unable to accommodate all the passengers switching from AirPhil to Cebu Pac. If Cebu Pac has any foresight, they should already be upgrading their fleet to accommodate the expected increase in passengers.

  • kismaytami

    How is that news today on TV that AirPhil just used bus for their Naga passengers?

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