USADreamliner From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (5 years 7 months 4 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 1519 times:
The company is set to acquire two McDonnell Douglas (MD) 83 aircraft under a lease agreement and expects their delivery in three months.
It will also acquire a 100-seater British Aerospace 146 jet before November to add to its fleet - a 40-seater CN235a; 50-seater De Havilland Dash7s of Canada; 19-seater LET410s; 60-seater YS-11s; 70-seater British Aerospace Advanced Turbo Prop and an 83-seater British Aerospace 146 jet from the United Kingdom.
The new aircraft will fly to Palau, Korea, and domestic destinations.
It pretty much has to vary according to the routes they fly into, many of the airports they serve have very short runways which is why they have the Dash 7s and the CN235s. The Lets serve even shorter strips. I'm not sure the ATP is operating any more, but the YS11s are based in a separate network of four destinations in the south of the Philippines which is not actually linked to the rest of the network, so commonality there isn't too much of an issue.
The news article sounds old though, or at least confused; flights to Palau have been operating for a while now as have the services to Korea I believe. What's more likely is that they are adding a 146-300 to replace the -100 series on the Palau route, allowing them to fly the -100 into Caticlan (Borocay) more often, especially once the competition hots up on that route to five carriers!
This is interesting news as one of the Palauan newspapers just put out that Asian Spirit was temporarily suspending services due to costs, I believe. They're using the 146-200s to Palau like three times a week from Davao and try to take on CS directly. Of course, CS lowered their fares to MNL to counter the competition. Hence, Asian Spirit is reshuffling themselves. The news just came out only a week or two ago. Maybe it's a change in strategy?
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