Asian Spirit to focus on BAe 146-100s

Philippines airline Asian Spirit has indicated that it plans to add two more BAe 146-100s to its fleet, one to provide increased capacity and one to replace a series 200. Asian Spirit currently operates two BAe 146-100s (RP-C2994 msn E1005 and RP-C2999 msn E1009) and one -200 (RP-C2997 msn E2178). The additional 146 would allow the airline to defend its share of the lucrative route from Manila to Caticlan, gateway to top resort island Boracay, against increased competition from Seair, Cebu Pacific, and Air Philippines. Because of Caticlan’s short runway, only the 146-100 can be used there, and even then with only 60 passengers. Replacing the airline’s current series 200 with a series 100 would give it a more homogeneous fleet that could more easily be redeployed if needed. At one point Asian Spirit was negotiating with Druk Air to acquire that company’s two parked 146-100s. The airline’s series 200 has been advertized for sale by PRISMA Aviation since the beginning of September.

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