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28 March 2010

Air Philippines relaunched as Airphil Express

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Low-cost carrier Air Philippines re-launched itself yesterday under the brand name Airphil Express, boosting its fleet with the acquisition of two A320-200 aircraft.

The two A320s, sporting the new Airphil Express livery and configured mono-class with 177 seats, will fly starting today (March 28) from Manila to Iloilo, Bacolod, Puerto Princesa and Cagayan de Oro, signaling the resumption of jet service to these domestic routes.

Tycoon Lucio Tan, chairman of Airphil’s parent Philippine Airlines, said Airphil Express is acquiring a total of 20 new airplanes over the next 4 years, to be added to the current fleet of eight Bombadier Q400 and Q300 turbo-prop aircrafts.

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 aircraft will join the fleet next year, five aircraft in 2012 and another five in 2013. Tan added.

“We want to position Airphil Express as a low-cost carrier offering quality service,” David Lim, president of Airphil, said.

“The modernisation of our fleet will hopefully enable us to increase market share while the industry braces for the eventual rebound,” he added.


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