AirAsia Philippines resumes Davao flights

Aviation Updates Philippines - Low-cost carrier, AirAsia Philippines, resumed its Manila-Davao service. The first flight, AirAsia Philippines flight Z2 611, was manned by an all-female flight crew. These new flights will provide more options to travelers who wished to visit the city of Davao especially the Mt. Apo.

"The flight was flown by an all-female crew of AllStars in line with the celebration of Women's Month led by Captain Giselle Bendong and 1st Officer Iya Halaguena. The flight was also graced by AirAsia Philippines CEO, Atty. Joy Caneba. Now that's girl power!" AirAsia said.

The cabin crew was also led by senior flight attendant Blanche Garcia with Anjeline Garchitorena, Jana Trajano, Christine Shane Dinong, Marah Gaa and Mayumi Arima. According to AirAsia, their women crew makes up with almost 40% of the airline's staff with 7 pilots and co-pilots, 253 cabin crew and the rest are in ground services working as technicians, mechanics, ramp officers, and in key operational and support areas.

"At AirAsia, women work shoulder-to-shoulder with their male counterparts from the office of the CEO, flight operations, engineering, cargo, ramp, ground services to key operational and support departments. We are very proud of their achievements and contributions in ensuring that we give only the best, quality service to our passengers," AirAsia Philippines’ Chief Executive Officer, Joy CaƱeba said.

The guests were welcomed by Davao's Department of Tourism and the officials of the Francisco Bangoy International Airport. AirAsia currently flies 2 times daily flights between Cebu and Davao using its Airbus A320-200 aircraft.

In 2013, Zest Air ceased operating its Manila-Davao route due to low demand of passengers. “Manila-Davao was operated by Zest Air then and when AirAsia partnered with Zest in 2013 via strategic alliance, it was suspended in June 2013 as part of realignment of our network,” AirAsia Communications Chief, Jenny Bugarin-Tan said.