AirAsia marks return of Manila-Davao flight with an all-female flight crew

AirAsia celebrated women’s month with a flight between Manila and Davao today operated by an all-female flight and cabin crew. The flight also marked the return of AirAsia in Davao with 3x flights daily from Manila aside from its current 2x daily flights from Cebu.

Captain Giselle Bendong, AirAsia Philippines CEO Joy Caneba, First Officer Iya Halaguena with AirAsia cabin crew
Captain Giselle Bendong, AirAsia Philippines CEO Joy Caneba, First Officer Iya Halaguena with AirAsia cabin crew

AirAsia Philippines’ Chief Executive Officer, Joy Cañeba said, “At AirAsia, women work shoulder-to-shoulder with their male counterparts from the office of the CEO, flight operations, engineering, cargo, ramp, ground services to key operational and support departments.  We are very proud of their achievements and contributions in ensuring that we give only the best, quality service to our passengers.”

Manila-Davao maiden flight Z2611 was captained by Giselle Bendong with First Officer Iya Halagueña as the co-pilot. Cabin crew is led by senior flight attendant Blanche Garcia with Anjeline Garchitorena, Jana Trajano, Christine Shane Dinong, Marah Gaa and Mayumi Arima.

AirAsia’s  Manila-Davao Flight Schedule

Flight NumberFromToDepartureArrivalFrequency
Z2 611MANILADAVAO0750hrs0935hrsDaily
Z2 612DAVAOMANILA1015hrs1200hrsDaily
Z2 613MANILADAVAO1505hrs1650hrsDaily
Z2 614DAVAOMANILA1730hrs1915hrsDaily
Z2 615MANILADAVAO1940hrs2125hrsDaily
Z2 616DAVAOMANILA2205hrs2350hrsDaily

To date, women make up almost 40% of all AirAsia Philippines staff with seven pilots and co-pilots combined, 253 cabin crew and the rest are in ground services working as technicians, mechanics, ramp officers, and in key operational and support areas.

AirAsia also celebrated its maiden flight to Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia from Mactan Cebu International Airport today with passengers of flight Z2 131 receiving welcome gifts from Sabah Tourism Board upon their arrival.  AirAsia flies to Kota Kinabalu from Cebu every Monday,Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.

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