Zest Air to become AirAsia Zest

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Philippine low-cost carrier Zest Air has begun the process of rebranding itself as AirAsia Zest.

A spokeswoman for Philippines AirAsia (PAA), which owns a 49% stake in AirAsia Zest, says approval for the rebranding was received on 17 September from the country’s Civil Aeronautics Board and Securities and Exchange Commission. It has also submitted documents to the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) for final approval.

The formal rebranding is expected to be completed in late September or early October.

AirAsia Zest has also expanded its fleet size to 13 aircraft, up from 11. The spokeswoman says that it has dry-leased one A320 from AirAsia and has another aircraft on wet lease from PAA. Flightglobal's Ascend Online Fleets database shows that the dry leased aircraft (MSN1286) is registered RP-C8987.

PAA announced only days ago that it would temporarily suspend operations from Clark International airport and focus on Manila's Ninoy Aquino International airport as part of its alliance with AirAsia Zest

The former Zest Air was grounded for four days in August by the CAAP following frequent flight cancellations and other safety concerns. The CAAP lifted its suspension order on 20 August and it resumed its schedule.