SkyJet resumes operations with new BAe 146

SkyJet resumed operations on 31 January using newly delivered BAe 146-100 RP-C8538 (msn E1015). The airline was forced to suspend operations after its previous 146-200, RP-C5525 (msn E2031), was damaged beyond repair when she over-ran the runway at Balesin on 19 October. To replace her, the airline acquired 79-seat RP-C8538 from Indonesia. She arrived in Manila on 30 December, but it took some time for SkyJet to secure the approvals necessary to resume operations. In mid-January, SkyJet announced that Dino Reyes-Chua had been named the new President of Magnum Air Inc, SkyJet’s parent company, replacing Dr. Joel Mendoza, the airline’s founder. Chua and a group of investors have infused additional capital into the airline. Despite the change at the top, SkyJet’s strategy remains the same: offering business-class flights to niche tourist destinations. It currently flies to Batanes and Coron.

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