Captain Dexter M Comendador has over 33 years of experience in the aviation industry, serving as a combat pilot, flight commander and pilot instructor in the Philippine Air Force for eight years before beginning his professional career as a commercial pilot in 1992.

A trailblazer and highly-decorated pilot, Captain Comendador is a cum laude graduate of the Philippine Military Academy and a recipient of 26 service medals, including two Gold Crosses for bravery and successful combat operations. In 1994, while serving as a flight systems engineer with a commercial airline, his crew successfully managed an inflight bomb explosion earning them commendations from then-Philippine President Fidel Ramos and inspiring stories of bravery, courage and professionalism in the international media.

Captain Comendador opted for early retirement in 2010 while serving as a chief pilot for safety and compliance at a local budget airline. Airlines and airplanes, however, are truly his first love and, after a short break, he took on a job overseas with a foreign airline before joining the newly launched AirAsia operations in the Philippines as Chief Pilot for Operations in December 2011. Two years later, he was promoted to Director of Flight Operations and Chief Operating Officer. He accepted the challenge to lead the Philippine team of AirAsia as interim Chief Executive Officer in July 2016, at a time when the airline was embarking on plans to expand its network to include several new routes from secondary hubs providing connectivity throughout Asean.

He was officially appointed CEO in January 2017, earning him another title as the “first flying pilot-CEO of an airline in the Philippines”.

Minjun Yu