|Commenced operations||December 14, 2012|
|Parent company||Magnum Air SkyJet, Inc.|
Magnum Air (SkyJet), Inc., operating as SKYJET Airlines, is Manila's First Boutique Airline in the Philippines that launched the Manila-Basco route for its initial operation. The airline started regular commercial flights on 14 December 2012.
The airline started as an air charter company for group travelers and tourists wanted to visit Batanes. In 2012, The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) granted its air operator's certificate (AOC) to operate commercial scheduled domestic and international routes. On 14 December 2012, it started regular flights to Basco, the capital of the province of Batanes. At the time, SkyJet was the only airline flying to this far-northern area of the Philippines. After few months, SkyJet also launched its inaugural flights to Coron, Palawan, Virac, Catanduanes and Boracay (Caticlan). SkyJet also started charter flights for the guests of Balesin Island, a high-end exclusive-membership island club. In December 2013, Businessman-Politician Hon. Dino Reyes Chua led a group of investors and took over the company and relaunched the airline company as Manila's First Boutique Airline. In 2014, Hon. Dino Reyes Chua was named as the new president of the SkyJet Airlines.
On 15 August 2014, SkyJet launched its first international flight to Taiwan, but during its inaugural chartered flight between Kalibo, Aklan, Philippines and Taiwan, its aircraft experienced mechanical malfunction causing delays to Taiwanese tourists. The airline was forced to halt the route.
In May 2015[update], the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines suspended SkyJet operations after a team of experts from the European Commission and the European Aviation Safety Agency observed eight safety shortcomings in its operations, from flight data monitoring and quality assurance to airworthiness and maintenance control. On 22 May, the Pasay City Regional Trial Court (RTC) issued a temporary restraining order (TRO) enjoining the CAAP from enforcing the suspension or 20 days, saying that the suspension order issued against Skyjet, dated May 15, was clearly "irregular, not valid, and issued without due process of law." Skyjet said they asked the court to clarify the matter because they believed CAAP did not give them due process before it decided to suspend their operations. Skyjet also filed a civil case against CAAP officials included a P20-million ($448,687.55) damage claim because of the losses incurred by the airline, and that the "irregular suspension order caused delays that affected around 2,900 passengers". Before the expiration of the TRO, the CAAP lifted the suspension and Skyjet withdrew the civil suit.
SkyJet operates to the following destinations:
|*Manila||Ninoy Aquino International Airport|
|Coron||Francisco B. Reyes Airport||3x Daily|
|Boracay||Caticlan Airport||3x Daily|
As of February 2017, SkyJet's fleet includes the following aircraft:
|British Aerospace 146-100||4||80Y||4 BAe 146-100 was used for more than destinations in Manila, Coron, Basco, Batanes and Caticlan (now Boracay). The first flight to its new destination, Siargao will be on February 24, 2017.|
|British Aerospace 146-200||4||TBA||1 BAe 146-200 was written off due to overshot the runway at Balesin Islands in Quezon Province. 1 arrived in Manila on January 2017.|
Incidents and accidents
- On 19 October 2013, a chartered SkyJet flight with 68 passengers and seven crew on board from Manila, overshot the runway on the island resort of Balesin in Quezon. No one was injured in the incident but the plane was damaged beyond repair.
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