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Asian Spirit is now ZestAir (Quite Old News Actually)
Last december, Tutubi received a box of goodies from his contacts from Philippine Business Bank that contained mostly juice products from Zest-O, but knowing that the same company is behing ZestAir jokingly looked for a free plane ticket to his choice destination (of course, his business contacts still don't know he's the blogger behind this travel blog)
An Asian Spirit flight to Boracay in 2008
Lately, some of Tutubi's friends asked him about ZestAir, the newest kid on the block of the booming airline industry, and simply told them it's Asian Spirit bought by the juice magnate Alfredo Yao, that's why it was renamed Zest Airways or ZestAir for short.
ZestAir check-in counter at Legazpi Airport
As of posting time, ZestAir services the following routes:
Manila to Caticlan (Boracay) Manila to Bacolod (Negros Occidental) Manila to Busuanga (coron, Northern Palawan) Manila to Calbayog (Samar) Manila to Catarman (Northern Samar) Manila to Cebu Manila to Davao Manila to Iloilo Manila to Kalibo, Aklan Manila to Legaspi City, Albay (Bicol) Manila to Marinduque Manila to Naga, camarines Sur (Bicol) Manila to Puerto Princesa (Palawan) Manila to San Jose, Romblon Manila to Tacloban, Leyte Manila to Tagbilaran, Bohol Manila to virac, Catanduanes (Bicol)
ZestAir's Manila to Basco flights were cancelled lately and no information is available on the resumption to Batanes. Please visit their official website for flight schedules and routes.
Zest Airways aircraft are Airbus A320 (same as those used by Cebu Pacific and Philippine Airlines), Xian MA60, turboprop (propeller) aircraft made by China's Xi'an Aircraft Industrial Corporation under the China Aviation Industry Corporation I (AVIC I) with capacity of 60 passengers and De Havilland Dash-7 aircraft (those small planes used by the former Asian Spirit)
ZestAir MA60 airplane
With the acquisition of the Airbus A320, ZestAir left behind SeAir and can now challenge Cebu Pacific in the price wars on domestic and soon international destinations.
For reservation, call ZestAir hotline +63.2.855.3333
ZestAir Baggage allowance is 15kgs (A320) or 10 kgs (MA60) depending on route and aircraft used.
ZestAir excess baggage charges is at PhP80/kilogram + 12% VAT.
They currently offer promo fares on sale competing with Cebu Pacific's own promotional airfare offering!
As of posting time, Tutubi has not experienced flying ZestAir so can't give feedback on customer service. Should you have reviews of ZestAir, negative feedback, bad experiences, even safety/accident records of Xian MA60 aircraft, please don't hesitate to leave comments.
you, i think it's the chinese-made MA-60 planes that met an accident in Boracay sometime ago. the other routes use Airbus A320. i'll give them a try soon. Take note that Cebu Pacific was in that kind of mess some years back too but look at them now. time will tell
my friend booked a zestair flight for us this coming Friday (May 13, 2011). been reading a lot of bad reviews eg, delayed flights, bad customer service, etc. so right now, I'll just take the flight this Friday with my friend and wish us luck! will post comments here after our weekend trip!
taga san jose, i don't understand what you're saying. there's a town in roblon called san jose. there's carabao island, near boracay, part of san jose romblon. you may be from san jose but there are lots of san joses in the philippines :(