Philippines AirAsia

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Philippines AirAsia
AirAsia New Logo.svg
IATA ICAO Callsign
Founded7 December 2010; 9 years ago (2010-12-07)
Commenced operations28 March 2012
HubsNinoy Aquino International Airport (Manila)
Secondary hubs
Frequent-flyer programBIG[3]
Fleet size24
Destinations30[4][circular reference]
Parent companyAirAsia Inc.
HeadquartersPasay, Metro Manila
Key people

Philippines AirAsia, Inc. is a low-cost airline based at Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Metro Manila in the Philippines.[6] The airline is the Philippine affiliate of AirAsia, a low-cost airline based in Malaysia. The airline started as a joint venture among three Filipino investors and AirAsia Investments Ltd., a subsidiary of AirAsia Berhad.

It is a successor to Zest Airways, Inc.. In 2013, a share swap agreement with Zest Airways added Alfredo Yao of Zest-O Corporation as an additional owner of the company. Zest Airways was rebranded as AirAsia Zest and operated as a separate brand from AirAsia until merged into Philippines AirAsia in January 2016.[7][8]

The original group of Philippine investors included Antonio O. Cojuangco, Jr., former owner of Associated Broadcasting Company and owner of Dream Satellite TV; Michael L. Romero, a real estate developer and port operator; and Marianne Hontiveros, a former music industry executive and TV host.[9]


Since section 10, Article XII of the Philippine Constitution forbids 100% foreign ownership of a Philippine-registered business,[10] Malaysian investor Tony Fernandes entered into a 40-60 joint venture with a group of Filipino business people. The joint venture application was approved on December 7, 2010 by the Board of Investments of the Philippines.

On August 15, 2011, AirAsia Philippines took delivery of its first aircraft,[11] a brand-new Airbus A320 which arrived at Clark International Airport in Clark, Angeles City, Pampanga. On November 8, 2011, AirAsia Philippines took delivery of its second A320.

On February 7, 2012, the airline received its Air Operator Certificate[12] from the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines which gives the airline permission to fly in Philippine airspace.

On April 8, 2012, Philippines AirAsia partnered with Victory Liner, one of the largest provincial bus companies operating in the Philippines, to provide free shuttle service for inbound and outbound passengers of Clark International Airport.[13]

An Airbus A320-200 operated by Philippines AirAsia in Puregold livery, on final approach at Taipei Taoyuan Airport.

On March 11, 2013, an agreement was made between AirAsia Philippines to swap shares with Philippine-based airline Zest Airways. Zest Airways received a mix of $16 million cash and a 13% share in AirAsia Philippines, while AirAsia Philippines now owns 85% of Zest Airways, with 49% of its voting rights. The share swap also gives AirAsia Philippines access to Ninoy Aquino International Airport, allowing further growth of its route network. The deal closed on May 10, 2013, and in 2015, both airlines were formally merged to form Philippines AirAsia.[8][14]

On July 30, 2016, AirAsia Group CEO Tony Fernandes appointed Capt. Dexter Comendador as the new CEO of the company. Comendador joined Philippines AirAsia in 2011 as director of Flight Operations, and was promoted to chief operating officer in 2015 before his appointment.[15] Comendador is also famous in the Philippine aviation community as one of the hero pilots of Philippine Airlines Flight 434 which was bombed by terrorist Ramzi Yousef in 1994.


People’s Republic of China
Hong Kong
South Korea


The Philippines AirAsia fleet consists of the following aircraft (as of January 2020):[18]

Philippines AirAsia fleet
Aircraft In service Orders Passengers Notes
Airbus A320-200 24 180 RP-C8972 in AirAsia All Stars special livery.
RP-C8975 and RP-C8978 in Puregold special livery.
RP-C8974 in ASEAN special livery.
Total 24

Sports teams[edit]


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  2. ^ "The Exciting Centennial of Philippine Aviation: PAA To Make Palawan 4th Hub".
  3. ^ "Join BIG! AirAsia BIG Loyalty Programme". Archived from the original on May 26, 2008.
  4. ^ AirAsia Group destinations
  5. ^ "AirAsia PHL names new CEO | BusinessWorld".
  6. ^ AirAsia launches Philippine joint venture | The Manila Bulletin Newspaper Online
  7. ^ Agcaoili, Lawrence (May 25, 2013). "AirAsia acquires 85% interest in ZestAir". The Philippine Star. Retrieved June 7, 2013.
  8. ^ a b "Philippines AirAsia: 7 Facts You Need To Know About the Name Change". Let's Go Sago. November 4, 2015. Retrieved February 27, 2017.
  9. ^ "AirAsia insider: Marianne Hontiveros". Retrieved June 7, 2013.
  10. ^ [1][dead link]
  11. ^ [2][permanent dead link]
  12. ^ "TTG Asia - Leader in Hotel, Airlines, Tourism and Travel Trade News - AirAsia Philippines gets license to fly". Archived from the original on May 27, 2017.
  13. ^ Navales, Reynaldo G (April 8, 2012). "Victory Liner, AirAsia provide free shuttle for Clark passengers". Sun.Star Pampanga. Sun.Star Publishing, Inc. Archived from the original on January 8, 2014. Retrieved February 11, 2014.
  14. ^ "Philippines AirAsia Organizational Structure". Retrieved February 27, 2017.
  15. ^ "PHL AirAsia names Comendador as interim CEO". GMA News Online.
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  18. ^ "Philippines AirAsia Fleet Details and History". Retrieved 2017-05-17.

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