AirAsia, voted the World’s Best Low Cost Carrier for nine years running by Skytrax flew its maiden flight from Manila to Ho Chi Minh City last night at Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3.
The inaugural ceremony was led by AirAsia Philippines CEO Captain Dexter Comendador and the Ambassador of Viet Nam to the Philippines, His Excellency Ly Quoc Tuan as the keynote speaker.
During the launch, Capt. Dexter Comendador presented an “I Love Asean” aircraft livery to Ambassador Ly Quoc Tuan.
The aircraft livery was unveiled last week at the Villamor Air Base in Pasay, City showcasing designs inspired by textiles, architecture, art and nature from all 10 Asean nations – batik cetak from Malaysia, poom khao bin from Thailand, ulos Batak from Indonesia, tapis from the Philippines, trống đồng from Vietnam, kbach pka Chan from Cambodia, Lao phouthai from Laos, chate from Myanmar, jongsarat Brunei from Brunei, and Vanda Miss Joaquim from Singapore.
AirAsia Philippines’ Airbus A320 plane is wrapped with designs inspired by textiles, architecture, art and nature from all 10 Asean nations. “I love Asean” plane carries the official ASEAN flag on both sides and soon all AirAsia aircraft based in the region will now feature the Asean flag, in addition to their national flags.
AirAsia Philippines CEO Dexter Comendador said, “AirAsia is a product of Asean and we are so proud to be part of this region we call home. Three days ago, we formally presented an ASEAN plane bearing ‘I love Asean’ logo or livery in one of our planes to mark the golden jubilee of Asean and to celebrate our commitment as the only carrier that services direct flights to all ten Asean countries. We do love Asean so much that today we are starting Manila – Saigon and early next year we are to fly Manila – Bali and Manila – Jakarta next.”
AirAsia flight Z2 294 with pilot in command Captain Dexter Comendador left Manila at 10:25PM. The iconic red plane arrived at Tan Son Nhat International Airport at 1:05AM.
AirAsia’s Manila – Ho Chi Minh City/Saigon (IATA CODE: SGN) flights are scheduled every Tuesday, Friday, and Sunday.
Flight Schedule for Manila, Philippines (MNL) – Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam (SGN)
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