Zest Air delays fleet expansion plan after management changes

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Philippine carrier Zest Air has delayed plans to expand its fleet after several management changes last year.

Former chief executive advisor Brian Hogan, and former chief commercial advisor Steve Allen, have since moved on to be consultants at Mango Aviation, while former marketing head Alfredo Herrera, has joined competitor Philippines AirAsia as head of commercial.

Richard Laig, who moved with the trio to Zest Air in March 2012, remains as the airline's chief financial officer.

Zest Air declined to comment on its fleet expansion plans, citing the management change, but confirmed with Flightglobal that it added two Airbus A320 aircraft at the end of 2012.

Recent media reports, however, say that the airline plans to add four more A320s in 2013, and that it is in negotiations for two A330s, which will be used on long-haul routes such as those to Australia and the Middle East.

Flightglobal's Ascend Online database shows that Zest Air operates four Xian Aircraft MA60s, and 11 A320-family aircraft.