PAL Express was rebranded as Airphil Express on March 28, 2010. The airline restored jet service to Iloilo, Bacolod, Puerto Princesa and Cagayan de Oro, utilizing Airbus A320 aircraft flying under the Airphil Express banner on March 28, 2010. The airline subsequently operated eight Bombardier Aerospace turboprop aircraft and two new Airbus A320s, all of which were former Philippine Airlines aircraft.
In January and early February 2012, GE Capital Aviation Services Limited (GECAS) announced the delivery of three new Airbus A320 aircraft to Airphil Express to help the carrier expand its fleet. On October 28, 2012, Airphil Express resumed "Mabuhay Miles" for passenger to earn and redeem their miles on any Airphil Express and Philippine Airlines.