Tuesday, March 22, 2005

Malaysian airline is set to start twice-a-day flights at Clark

CLARK ZONE, Pampanga — Malaysia’s second largest commercial airline will commence two flights a day daily at the Diosdado Macapagal International Airport (DMIA) starting on April 5.

Clark Development Corp. (CDC) Executive Vice President Victor Jose I. Luciano said the regular flights to be mounted by Air Asia here is a manifestation of the much-improved tourist and investment potentials of economic zone.

The scheduled regular flights of Air Asia came as an offshoot of the success of Asiana Airlines of South Korea since it mounted regular flights between Incheon and Clark in October 2003. Asiana is the second Korean flag carrier.

Luciano said the Air Asia flights would have two routes — from Malaysia via Kuala Lumpur to Macau to Clark, and Kota Kinabalu to Clark.

Kuala Lumpur and Kota Kinabalu are the two of the most frequented tourist destinations in Malaysia.

Air Asia, which provides the lowest airline fares, operates a fleet of modern Boeing 373-300 jets. The airline said that it will concentrate on just one type of aircraft in order to focus on and maintain efficient operations.

Air Asia airplanes are maintained by international world-class partners such as GE Engine Services for engine maintenance; Volvo-Aero for aircraft engine and aircraft frame parts; and ST Aero for heavy maintenance and engineering components.

The airlines fleet fully meets the conditions of international aviation safety standards and is regulated by the international reputed Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) Malaysia and is overseen by the Department of Civil Aviation.

Joyce Lai, regional director for Marketing and Communications of Air Asia, assured Filipinos who will visit Malaysia that the airline will provide the lowest airline fare so that more would be enticed to fly aboard Air Asia.

Lai said that although Air Asia is the second largest Malaysian airlines, but it’s very aggressive with its fares that’s why Air Asia was branded as the Ryan Air or Easy Jet of Malaysia

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