A New York dentist, Joel Alcantara Mendoza, (or Doc Joel as he is fondly called by people around him), used his entire life savings to create an airline to benefit the people of remote Batanes, Philippines.
He left New York in 2006 to embark on an adventure of a lifetime to this beautiful group of islands north of Luzon, in pursuit of love. He married a girl there, settled on the island, and used his life savings to buy the airplanes and set up the company.
He says as a young boy, he never dreamt of buying his own aircraft. The idea to buy airplanes began when he was mesmerised by the breathtaking beauty of remote Batanes, where flights were sparse and infrequent. “I was stunned by the majestic beauty and awe-inspiring view of the island” he said in a recent interview.
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