AIRASIA Zest has flown in aboard its PQ-7489 flight the first batch of relief goods from Manila on October 24, 2013 at the Mactan Cebu International Airport as part of its relief operations for earthquake victims in Central Visayas.
With the relief operation called “Bangon Cebu ug Bohol,” the AirAsia Zest offers free airlift services of relief goods and volunteer personnel from Luzon to Cebu and Bohol.
Officials of the Philippine Red Cross and AirAsia Philippines CEO Maan Hontiveros and AirAsia Zest COO Joy Caneba arrived with the relief goods and some volunteers.
Hontiveros and Caneba met with Cebu Gov. Hilario Davide III and linked up with #bangonsugbohol to coordinate their relief efforts for the quake-stricken areas.
AirAsia Zest is scheduled to airlift more relief goods and volunteers directly to Tagbilaran City in Bohol on October 29.
Zest Air has recently been rebranded as AirAsia Zest to reflect its strategic partnership with AirAsia, the leading budget carrier in Asia voted as the World’s Best Low-Cost Airline for five consecutive years since 2009 in the World Airline Survey by Skytrax.
AirAsia Philippines, which has 49% stake in AirAsia Zest, is a joint venture of Filipino investors Maan Hontiveros, Antonio Cojuangco, and Michael Romero and AirAsia Investments Ltd., a subsidiary of AirAsia Malaysia Berhad.
AirAsia Zest is expecting the arrival of three Airbus A320s next year to augment its fleet of 13 aircraft, which currently services nine domestic and four international routes from the Ninoy Aquino International Airport.
Todate, AirAsia Zest is the leading Philippine carrier with most flights to and from Kalibo – the gateway to the world’s best island of Boracay. It also flies to Puerto Princesa in Palawan, Cebu, Davao, Tagbilaran, and Cagayan de Oro.
The airline likewise has four direct flights to Kuala Lumpur and other international destinations in Asia, including China and South Korea.
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