Filipino company AirTrav Corp. (AirTrav PH) owns and operates air charter services in response to a growing need for quicker travel between shorter distances in the country.
AirTrav PH travels daily except on Tuesdays from Manila-Clark-Manila and Manila-Puerto Galera-Manila. They also offer chartered flights.
You can travel from Manila to Clark in 30 minutes (one way fare is Php4,500) and from Manila to Puerto Galera in 40 minutes (one way fare is Php6,000).
The company, which has an Air Operator’s Certificate (AOC) from the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines and a non-scheduled domestic carrier certificate from the Civil Aeronautics Board, operates out of its own hangar located at the Manila International Airport in Pasay City, flying the Robinson R-44 Raven II and the Cessna Grand Caravan Ex Amphibian.
The Robinsons R44, which was made in Torrance, United States, can seat up to three passengers comfortably. It can fly up to 300 nautical miles, which means three hours without refueling.
The Cessna Grand Caravan 208 is the largest single-engine airplane ever produced by Cessna. It can seat eight passengers comfortably plus their luggage and personal items. It can also safely land on water.
AirTrav PH helicopter pilots undergo factory training directly at Robinson’s manufacturing facility in the United States. For the seaplane pilots, they are trained by Flight Safety Australia.
Aside from this, the aircraft and pilots are insured by the country’s premier insurance firm, Pioneer Insurance and Surety Corp., for its airframe, passengers, cargo and crew.
In 2015, AirTrav teamed up with ride hailing app Uber to launch the first and only UBERCHOPPER service in the Philippines. With Uber’s extensive network, AirTrav was able to roll out an on-demand helicopter service within Metro Manila.
AirTrav PH is also the designated helicopter tour provider for the annual Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Festival held at Clark, Pampanga. AirTrav PH also provides VIP helicopter transfers, city tours, marriage proposals and flower droppings. Medical evacuation, search and rescue, and disaster response are also offered in conjunction with the Philippine Red Cross.
This year, Airtrav Philippines Inc. has expanded its business to transport more people directly to their Philippine destinations with the acquisition of the new Cessna Grand Caravan Ex Amphibian.