Airlines wants to launch international services and has been seeking to buy a
Boeing MD-80-series aircraft.
Isagani Laluna says the carrier wishes to buy an MD-80-series
aircraft, preferably an MD-83 because this type has extra range.
would probably want it in one-class configuration,” he says.
the past six months Interisland
has been searching for a suitable aircraft and it was originally eyeing
services from the Philippines to South Korea but Laluna says at this stage it seems unlikely the
carrier will launch services to South Korea.
is a shortage of traffic rights available and the South Korean authorities
appear reluctant to grant landing permits to Philippine carriers, he says.
Korea is one of the major sources of tourists to the Philippines
and in recent months two other Philippine carriers – Asian Spirit and TransGlobal Airways – have
disclosed plans to launch services on the Philippines-South Korea sector using
Spirit already has its first MD-82 and is aiming to launch services on 28 March
once it receives its landing permit from the South Koreans.
Interisland Airlines is a small
carrier that only operates one 38-seat Yakovlev
Yak-40 trijet on domestic
routes and has never operated scheduled services internationally.
also has a second Yak-40 but this aircraft is undergoing repairs because last
November it skidded off the runway in Caticlan
resulting in damage to the landing gear.
to Interisland’s website
the airline has one to two flights per day from Manila
to Caticlan and a twice-weekly service from Manila
to Tablas, plus it
is available for charters.