New Philippine airline plans BAe 146 operations

Skyjet BAe 146 RP-C5525

Skyjet’s BAe 146 RP-C5525 at Manila (Richard Vandervord)

A new Philippine airline, SkyJet, is planning to begin operating a BAe 146 from Manila to Batanes, an island province north of the Philippines’ main island of Luzon. SkyJet is being established with the support of the Batanes Cultural Travel Agency (BCTA), whose director, Mr Joel Mendoza, is also the director of Magnum Corporate Jet. Lionair Subic Philippines will operate BAe 146-200 RP-C5525 (msn E2031) on SkyJet’s behalf. RP-C5525 was to have been used by Malaysian start-up Heritage Air, but that airline only ever operated a single flight – a charter from its Melaka base to Dili, in Timor Leste. She then sat idle at Melaka for several months, before eventually returning to the Philippines. SkyJet operated a route proving flight on 11 February. Full services are expected to begin on 8 April. SkyJet will fly three times a week to Batanes. The airline will offer a full service on the flights, eschewing the currently popular low-fare, bare-bones service model.

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