AirAsia surprises Pacquiao plane passengers with treats
MANILA, Philippines – Guests on board the AirAsia Philippines Airbus A320 with the exclusive Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao livery were treated by the airline to a surprise on Tuesday, April 28 – free passes to a live viewing party of the Pacquiao versus Mayweather fight anywhere in the Philippines.
Passengers Catherine Cabardo and her 11-year-old son James won, aside from the passes, free roundtrip seats from AirAsia. The Cabardos were onboard the budget carrier’s Cebu-Manila flight.
That was just the start.
On May 1 and 2 – a day before Pacquiao's fight – passengers of any AirAsia flights to or from Manila, Cebu, Davao, Cagayan de Oro, and Kalibo will get a chance to win free passes to watch the match.
The free passes get the passengers into the exclusive AirAsia viewing party of “The Battle for Greatness” on Sunday, May 3, at the following venues:
- SM Mall of Asia center stage cinema in Pasay City
- Regency Hotel in Boracay
- New Cebu Coliseum in Cebu City
- USEP Gymnasium and Cultural Center in Davao City
- Nazareth Gymnasium in Cagayan de Oro City
As many as 5,000 free passes for the Pacquiao versus Mayweather bout will also be given away to those who will show up as early as 6 am at USEP Gymnasium and Cultural Center in Davao City and Nazareth Gymnasium in Cagayan de Oro City on May 3.
AirAsia Philippines chief executive officer Joy Cañeba said the treat to passengers is the airline’s way of celebrating Pacquiao as a hero and an icon. It has painted its A320 with Pacquiao’s face and name.
AirAsia, Manny Pacquiao’s airline of choice, is also offering promotional seats from as low as P399 ($9.02) as base fare for a one-way trip to or from Manila, Cebu, Kalibo (Boracay), Tagbilaran (Bohol), Tacloban, Puerto Princesa (Palawan), Davao, and Cagayan de Oro.
The promo also covers international destinations, such as Hong Kong, Macau, Incheon (Seoul), Kuala Lumpur, and Kota Kinabalu for guests traveling from June 15 to October 15 this year.
Also, AirAsia Facebook and Twitter followers may receive free passes by sending their most creative cheer for Pacquiao as entries, using the official hashtag #flyhighManny.