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New PH cargo airline receives Boeing 737 freighter

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Skyway Airlines' first Boeing 737-400F cargo plane arriving in Clark. (Photo: Skyway Airlines)

Skyway Airlines Inc., a new cargo airline based at Clark International Airport in Pampanga, has taken delivery of a Boeing 737-4M0(BDSF), registered RP-C4777 (MSN 29208), on lease from AerCap on June 5, 2024.

The airline was established in October 2022 and has since obtained the necessary permits from the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) to operate domestically.

Skyway Airlines is in the process of securing its Air Operator Certificate with the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP).

The cargo airline expects to commence domestic operations in July 2024.

“Historically, the Philippines, which is an archipelago of more than 7,000 islands, has been heavily reliant on utilising the belly cargo space of passenger aircraft for air cargo transportation,” said Vedant Bhardwaj of Skyway Airlines’ Business Development.

Skyway Airlines’ first Boeing 737-400F cargo plane arriving in Clark. (Photo: Skyway Airlines)

“Skyway believes this 18-tonne dedicated cargo aircraft will greatly benefit the country, particularly with the increasing demand for e-commerce and the growing adoption of online shopping platforms, sparked by the pandemic.”

In an interview via email, the airline told AUP that its primary routes will be Clark-Cebu, Cebu-Davao, and Clark-Davao.

Skyway Airlines currently owns a Piper PA-32R and a Let L-410 Turbolet aircraft, in addition to the leased Boeing 737-400 freighter.

The airline plans to expand with another Boeing 737 freighter by the end of 2024 or the first quarter of 2025, depending on its performance.

International operations are expected to commence in the first quarter of 2025.

Skyway Airlines is led by its Founder, President, and CEO, Jose Angelo Peralta, a Filipino entrepreneur with a background in finance and banking.

Written by
Dirk Andrei Salcedo

An aviation enthusiast turned creator of the top aviation news portal in the Philippines, Dirk has a deep passion for everything that flies. When he's not keeping his finger on the pulse of the industry, he also volunteers with a major humanitarian organization, impacting people on the ground and in the sky.

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