Spirit of Manila Airlines unveils new aircraft

August 14, 2009 10:09 am 

CLARK FREEPORT, Aug. 14 — Spirit of Manila Airlines unveiled on Friday its new MD-83 aircraft at the Diosdado Macapagal International Airport (DMIA).

Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC) President and CEO Victor Jose I. Luciano said that more aircraft which includes an MD-83, Boeing 747-300 and 747-400 will be arriving sometime by September and November to complete its fleet in time for their operations this December. The MD-83 aircraft arrived at the DMIA last August 1.

The air carrier is expected to fly via, Taiwan, and Macau and in the Middle East via Qatar, Dubai, Bahrain, and Kuwait to serve the bulk of the Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) mostly coming from Central and Northern Luzon.

“This will benefit our OFWs working in the Middle East most of which are from the Central and Northern Luzon and attract more tourists to visit our country using DMIA,” Luciano added.

Luciano led other officials that include Transportation and Communication Secretary Leandro Mendoza, Spirit of Manila Chairman Basilio Reyes, President and CEO Jimmy Matibag and Vice President Rene Ocampo, and their foreign partner Vice Chairman Hamad Altani

“Spirit of Manila Airlines is the first large local carrier that will based their operations in Clark, and from here they will start flying out of DMIA very soon,” he said. According to Luciano the MD-83 aircraft would be used for the Clark-Taiwan flights.

“There are no flights between Taiwan and Clark, and this is the right time that we will now have flights via Taiwan,” he said.

“This is the first time, and even former President Fidel Ramos has been advocating for a Clark-Taiwan flights. The Taiwan flights would bring more Taiwanese businessmen to Clark,” Luciano stressed.

Luciano said the airline will also fly domestic operations in the future aside from the international operations at DMIA. <P>For his part, Mendoza hailed the entry of Spirit of Manila Airlines at DMIA, saying that it will boost the tourism and serve the OFWs in the Middle East and South East Asia.

“Sixty percent of our overseas workers are from the North Philippines, so Clark is a strategic place for Spirit of Manila Airlines and I expect the airline will have a cheaper air fare that will compete to other air carriers,” Mendoza added. <P>“They (Spirit of Manila) have chosen the best airport in the country for their operations in Clark,” he said. He said that this is one of the government’s effort in bringing more flights and new players at DMIA as envisioned by President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.(PNA) Amroxas/V3/hrs/ps/

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