AirAsia now flies to Cagayan de Oro from Manila, Cebu, Clark and Iloilo

In keeping with AirAsia’s promise to relentlessly find bigger and better ways to serve their guests, they have recently launched their newest route.

Let’s fly to Cagayan De Oro via AirAsia!

That’s right! The World’s Best Low Cost Airline flew its maiden flights last Sunday (October 28, 2018) from Laguindingan International Airport, the main airport that serves the cities of Cagayan de Oro and Iligan, as well as the provinces of Misamis Oriental, Lanao del Norte and Bukidnon in Northern Mindanao, Philippines, to Manila, Cebu and Clark.

I was actually able to join AirAsia’s inaugural flight from Manila to Cagayan de Oro. I even had a great time chit-chatting with AirAsia Philippines CEO Capt. Dexter Comendador (who happened to be our pilot for the flight) together with his co-pilots inside the cockpit before takeoff.

Hangin’ with the incredible pilots of AirAsia inside the cockpit of this brand spankin’ new A320 airplane before heading to Cagayan de Oro. On the left most side of the photo is the Captain of this flight and AirAsia Philippines CEO — Capt. Dexter Comendador. He is the only flying CEO in the Philippines.

AirAsia Philippines CEO Captain Dexter Comendador said, “AirAsia’s multiple flights today herald a bigger, brighter and better opportunities for travel, business and tourism in Mindanao. We are here to make air travel more affordable, convenient and reliable, and we are incredibly excited to paint Mindanao skies red.”

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AirAsia Philippines CEO Capt. Dexter Comendador

To mark AirAsia’s first flight in Cagayan de Oro and to celebrate its expansion in Mindanao, the airline launched its newest flights using its brand-new Airbus A320 fitted with wing-tip devices or sharklets that enable savings of 4% in fuel consumption or corresponding to an annual carbon reduction of around 1,000 tons per aircraft. The “sharklets” helps reduce fuel burn and emissions by improving the plane’s aerodynamics.

AirAsia has a current fleet of 21 Airbus A320s from only two aircraft in 2012 when the airline began its commercial operation in Clark, Pampanga.

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AirAsia flight Z2 691 piloted by the airline’s flying CEO Captain Dexter Comendador left Manila’s NAIA Terminal 4 airport at 8:00AM with 100% pax load and received the traditional water canon salute upon arrival at 9:30AM in Laguindingan International Airport.

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The traditional water cannon upon arriving at Cagayan de Oro’s Laguindingan Airport

Distinguished guests led by Misamis Oriental Governor Yevgeny Vincent Emano, Cagayan de Oro City Councilor Ian Nacaya representing the office of the mayor, Department of Tourism Regional Director Marie Elaine Unchuan and airport officer Wilfredo Encinas graced the welcome ceremonies held at the airport’s arrival hall.

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“We are a member of the AirAsia Group, the leading and largest low-cost carrier in Asia, servicing the most extensive network of over 135 destinations across all Asean countries, Asia, India, Australia, China, Middle East, and Hawaii in US. Our commitment is to connect the Philippines especially the underserved cities outside Metro Manila to AirAsia’s massive network via direct or seamless fly-thru service in our main hub in Kuala Lumpur which can now be accessed from Cagayan de Oro to Cebu or Manila,” Comendador said.

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AirAsia is also commencing flights from Cagayan de Oro to Iloilo on 30 October 2018 with flights every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday or three times weekly. AirAsia’s Cagayan de Oro – Manila route operates twice daily, Cagayan de Oro – Cebu route with flights daily while Cagayan de Oro – Clark at four times weekly.

Enjoy AirAsia’s affordable and delicious Santan in-flight meals!

By the way, being a long time avid fan of AirAsia’s Santan in-flight meals, it goes without saying that I had to have my fill during this trip.

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Some of AirAsia’s newest delicious Santan in-flight meal offerings!

So, I ordered a few new Santan offerings which I highly recommend you try yourselves — the Choco Chip Cookies, Asian Tuna Sandwich, and their oh so yummy Chicken Teriyaki.

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If our flight lasted a bit longer, I probably would’ve ordered another round of Chicken Teriyaki. Hahaha!

Pre-book your Santan in-flight meals for a discounted price of P127 only!

The World’s Best Low Cost Airline is offering in-flight meals with choice of drinks at a discounted pre-book price of only P127 for unlimited period starting today.

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Among the well-loved dishes from AirAsia’s “Santan” inflight menu that are on special promo are Asean inspired rice meals such as Nasi Lemak, Chicken Rice, Roasted Chicken with Pesto Cream Sauce and Filipino favourites like Beef Tapa with scrambled egg, Chicken Kare Kare and Chicken Bicol Express. Savoury snacks, healthy food selections and variety of hot and cold beverages are also available from as low as P150.00.

Santan’s holiday menu is also introducing Chocolate Chip Cookie with sprinkles, Ube Quezo de Bola Cheesecake, Chocolate Rice Surprise, Tofu Ranch Sandwich, Veggie Mushroom Bun, Chicken Empanada and Asian Chicken Barbeque Bun price from only P60 to P140 each.

Congratulations on the exciting new route, AirAsia!

Guys, if you want to know what happened during my stay in Cagayan de Oro during this trip, watch out for my vlog post coming out very soon.

Here’s an exciting teaser photo of what happened during our white water rafting adventure…

OMG! I’m gonna fall off the raft!!!

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