Philippine low-cost carrier Zest Air has confirmed plans to retire the Xian MA60 turboprops from its fleet.
The airline plans to maintain a single type of aircraft in its fleet, says an airline official. He could not, however, provide a timeline as to when the MA60s will be phased out.
Media reports in the Philippines quote a senior Zest executive as saying that high operating costs and other issues with the aircraft had led to the type's retirement.
Zest ended MA60 services from Manila to Marinduque, Busuanga, Tablas Island and Masbate on 11 May, according to its network schedule.
Flightglobal's Ascend Online fleets database shows that Zest Air has four MA60s - one in storage, and three in service - all on lease from AVIC International Leasing. It also operates one Airbus A319 and 10 A320 aircraft.