Asian Spirit

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Asian Spirit
Asian Spirit
Founded 1995
Hubs Ninoy Aquino International Airport
Focus cities Mactan-Cebu International Airport
Fleet size 14
Destinations 26
Parent company Asian Spirit, Inc.
Headquarters Manila, Philippines
Key people Antonio G. Buendia, Jr. (President), Joaquin Ernesto L. Po (Executive Vice-President)

Asian Spirit is an airline headquartered in Pasay City, Philippines that operates both domestic and international flights. Its main operation is to provide scheduled domestic services to tourist destinations and routes not serviced by the major airlines in the Philippines. The airline started its operations on April 4, 1995<ref>Asian Spirit. Filipino Travel Center. Accessed on 10 April 2008</ref> and is now based at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila, with hubs at the Mactan-Cebu International Airport and the Diosdado Macapagal International Airport, Manila



The airline was established in 1995 by the Airline Employees Cooperative, which is composed of 36 Filipino nationals, mostly former Philippine Airlines employees. It started operations in April 1996 and its first routes were from Manila to the present-day towns of San Jose, Malay (serving Boracay), Virac, Daet, Tablas, and the cities of Cauayan and Masbate. Towns and cities serviced by the airline are usually regarded as secondary and tertiary routes, which are usually not serviced by major airlines.

Asian Spirit has the distinction of being the first airline to serve Boracay. It became the Philippines' fourth flag carrier (after Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific and Air Philippines) in 2003.

Today, Asian Spirit operates from its hubs in Manila, Cebu, and Davao to towns and cities throughout the Philippines. The airline remains wholly employee owned. Since April 2, 2006, Asian Spirit flies to Palau three times weekly from Davao.

Incident and Accidents

On December 7 1999, the company suffered a fatal accident when one of its aircraft crashed between Bayombong in Nueva Ecija and Cabarroguis in Quirino. The plane was headed for Cauayan Airport in Cauayan City, killing all 15 passengers on board and 2 crew. The accident forced the closure of the Manila-Cauayan route, which remains closed to this day.<ref>ASN Aviation Safety Database. Accessed on April 4, 2007.</ref><ref>Philippines crash claims 17 lives. BBC News (8 December 1999). Accessed on April 7, 2007.</ref>


The Asian Spirit fleet includes the following aircraft (in November 2006)<ref>"Directory: World Airlines", Flight International. 27 March 2007</ref>

  • 2 BAe 146-100
  • 1 BAe 146-200
  • 1 BAe ATP
  • 6 De Havilland Canada Dash 7
  • 2 Indonesian Aerospace|Indonesian Aerospace CN-235 100
  • 1 NAMC YS-11|NAMC YS-11A-200
  • 1 NAMC YS-11|NAMC YS-11A-500
  • 1 NAMC YS-11A-200
  • 1 NAMC YS-11A-500


East Asia

Southeast Asia


Former Destinations






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