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Philippines AirAsia to fly to Ho Chi Minh in Nov.

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PHILIPPINES AirAsia, Inc. is set to mount direct flights from Manila to Ho Chi Minh in Vietnam, in November.

In a statement, AirAsia said there will be three weekly flights between Manila and Ho Chi Minh departing on Tuesdays, Fridays, and Sundays.

“We are thrilled to announce that we will start servicing direct flights from Manila to Ho Chi Minh in November as part of our commitment to continue bringing the Philippines closer to neighboring cities within the ASEAN region,” Dexter M. Comendador, Philippines AirAsia chief executive officer, was quoted as saying in a statement.

Mr. Comendador noted AirAsia is the only airline that directly flies to the 10 member-countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), with operations in the Philippines, Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia.

“Last year, the AirAsia Group carried 13.4 million people within Asean and we aim to continue bringing the region closer together via inter-ASEAN connectivity,” he added.

In June, Malaysia’s AirAsia Bhd. announced it was ordering 14 more Airbus A320ceo (current engine option) aircraft to meet strong demand in various markets, including the Philippines, Indonesia, and India. The deal is valued at around $1.4 billion at current list prices.

The 14 additional A320ceos will bring the total number of aircraft from the A320 family ordered by AirAsia to 592. AirAsia continues to be the largest airline customer for the Airbus single aisle product line.

In May, the AirAsia Group reported that the Philippine unit posted an operating profit of P400 million in the first quarter of 2017, as passenger count rose 19% and revenues surged 41%.