Asian Spirit made quite a stir in San Jose, Cauayan, Boracay, Masbate, Virac, Daet, and Tablas when their De Havilland Dash 7s first landed in their sleepy airports. Long considered by major airlines as secondary and tertiary routes, these destinations are often neglected when it comes to having a dependable airline service. Flights to these places are cancelled at the slightest sign of rain, or everytime passenger count falls below the breakeven point.

Now with Asian Spirit regularly flying to these routes, the local folks are positive it is a sign of good things to come. Their links to Manila and other commercial centers are assured. Businessmen and tourists can easily gain access to the islands. The roar of their planes' engines hinted that progress is soon to follow.

Asian Spirit is the country's youngest airline. Another distinction is that, it is also the Philippines' only airline cooperative. Aptly called Airline Employees Cooperative, its 36 founding members own and run the company. Behind every founder is a rich airline experience ranging from 15 to 25 years.

The Operators

The Airline Employees Cooperative is the first local cooperative in the airline industry, established in September 1995 by a group of professionals and employees from various airline disciplines.

The AEC is registered with the Cooperative Development Authority under the Office of the President of the Republic of the Philippines and other governing agencies.

The Airline

Established by the Airline Employees Cooperative, Asian Spirit is the newest domestic passenger with the objective of operating scheduled services to established tourist destinations and other secondary and tertiary airports currently operated by a national carrier and not eyed by incoming industry players.

Aside from flying to established tourist destinations, Asian Spirit shall endeavor to develop other destinations with tourism potentials, in line with the Department of Tourism's Master Plan.

The Fleet

Asian Spirit operates two (2) 48-seater Dash-7 aircraft. The Dash-7 is an all-metal, high wing monoplane manufactured by De Havilland Aircraft of Canada. It is powered by four (4) Pratt and Whitney turbo-prop engines, model PT6A-50, each engine packing 1120 horsepower.

Specifically designed for short take-off and landing, the Dash-7 can operate from a 600-meter long airfield. The aircraft is certified for day and night, all-weather condition flying. The flight deck and cabin are pressurized and air-conditioned for flight altitudes up to 25,000 feet.

To ensure the passengers' highest level of comfort and convenience, the Dash-7 were designed to provide leg room of 31 inches between seats with a center aisle height of 6 feet and 5 inches.

Aside from the Dash-7 aircrafts, Asian Spirit also has US Federal Aviation Association-certified YS-11A aircrafts. The 60-seater YS-11A is a Japanese innovation by Nippon Aircraft Manufacturing Corporation which has been taken over by Mitsubishi Industries.

The YS-11A is a twin-engine turbo-prop powered by Rolls Royce engines producing up to 4,480 equivalent shaft horsepower. The aircraft is also capable and certified to operate on all-weather, day/night operations with full de-icing capability. It can fly to short and medium range destinations. Passenger cabin is pressurized for maximum comfort.

And the latest addition to our fleet, the 19-seater LET L-410 Turbolet. Designed in the former Czechoslovakia for short range routes, it is powered by two Motorlet-Walter M601E turbo-prop engines producing a maximum thrust of 1,500 shaft horsepower. The flight deck and cabin are pressurized and air-conditioned for total comfort.

All aircrafts are piloted by a highly trained and experienced team made up of a Captain-in-Command and one First Officer, while the passengers in the cabin are served by two courteous, charming and efficient Flight Attendants to ensure total passenger safety and comfort on board our flights.

Flight Routes

Asian Spirit provides fast, scheduled, reliable and on time departure services to the following destinations:

  • Baguio
  • Boracay via Caticlan, Aklan
  • Busuanga, Northern Palawan
  • Calbayog, Eastern Samar
  • Catarman, Samar
  • Cauayan, Isabela
  • Marinduque, Boac
  • Masbate, Masbate
  • Naga City Romblon, Tablas
  • San Jose, Mindoro Occidental
  • Virac, Catanduanes