AirAsia named leading low-cost airline anew

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AirAsia Group Head of Cabin Crew Suhaila Hassan (center, left) and AirAsia Group Head of Communications Audrey Progastama Petriny (centre) accepted the World’s Leading Low-Cost Airline and World’s Leading Low-Cost Airline Cabin Crew awards from President and Founder of World Travel Awards Graham Cooke (center, right), flanked by AirAsia cabin crew.
Photo: AirAsia

(From: AirAsia)

LISBON — AirAsia has been named the World’s Leading Low-Cost Airline for the sixth year running at the World Travel Awards (WTA) Grand Final.

AirAsia emerged top in the category after receiving the most votes from travellers and industry executives, ahead of Southwest Airlines, JetBlue, Ryanair, easyJet, Jetstar Airways, Norwegian Air, West Air, flydubai, Air Arabia, flynas, and fastjet.

The airline also took home the award for World’s Leading Low-Cost Airline Cabin Crew for the second time in a row, beating Southwest Airlines, JetBlue, Ryanair, easyJet, Jetstar Airways, Norwegian Air, West Air, flydubai, Air Arabia, flynas, fastjet, Kulula and Mango.

AirAsia Group Head of Cabin Crew Suhaila Hassan and AirAsia Group Head of Communications Audrey Progastama Petriny accepted the awards on behalf of the company at a gala ceremony at Pátio da Galé here yesterday.

AirAsia Deputy Group CEO (Airlines) Bo Lingam said, “Thank you everyone who voted for us. Over the past year, we have worked hard to improve customer experience to make travel more convenient and fun, while also personalising the end-to-end journey, and it’s incredibly rewarding to see our work pay off like this.”

“In addition to a slew of digital initiatives, such as our Fast Airport Clearance Experience System (FACES) facial recognition boarding system and Freedom Flyer Programme, we’ve built up our Customer Happiness team to ensure we continue to improve on our ability to serve and amaze our guests, who demand frictionless, responsive customer support at a touch of the button on the go, and we are working hard to deliver that,” he said. (Full Story Here)

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AirAsia takes two int’l inaugural flights into Sarawak

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(By AirAsia)

AirAsia, the world’s best low-cost airline, flew in two international inaugural flights into Sarawak, Malaysia; from Shenzhen in China to Kuching and Singapore to Bintulu.

The inaugural Shenzhen-Kuching flight which landed at Kuching International Airport at 7.50 a.m. on January 27 was greeted with a water cannon upon parking at the bay.

A Sarawak traditional welcoming ceremony for passengers was led by the Assistant Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, YB Datuk Lee Kim Shin; Chairman of the Sarawak Tourism Board, Datuk Abdul Wahab Aziz; Acting Chief Executive Officer of the Board, Mary Wan Mering and the Director of Government Relations, AirAsia Berhad, Zamani Bin Mohd Rafique. (Full Story Here)

Promo seats from AirAsia for Manila to Bali and Jakarta

(By AirAsia)

MANILA — Staying true to its commitment as a truly Asean airline, AirAsia today announced it is offering promo fares for its newest flights from Manila to Bali and Jakarta in Indonesia.

To celebrate the expansion of AirAsia’s ASEAN connectivity, all-in promo fares are available from as low as P1,990 starting October 24 to November 6, 2017 for travel period on 9 January – 24 March 2018 for Manila-Jakarta and 19 January – 24 March 2018 for Manila- Bali.

AirAsia Philippines CEO Captain Dexter Comendador said, “We are thrilled to offer our signature low fares to mark our first two direct flights to Indonesia starting January next year.

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AirAsia will continue to bring the Philippines closer to our neighboring cities within the Asean region and beyond via inter-Asean connectivity and massive network.”

AirAsia is the only airline that directly services all ten Asean countries with established operations in the Philippines, Thailand, Indonesia, and Malaysia.

“The AirAsia Group carried 13.4 million people within ASEAN last year and we aim to continue delivering only the best service and widest connectivity.” Comendador added.

AirAsia’s Manila – Denpasar/Bali (IATA CODE: DPS) and Manila – Jakarta (IATA CODE: CGK) will operate daily starting January next year while the airline is also set to start Manila – Ho Chi Minh City/Saigon (IATA CODE: SGN) on 17 November with flights every Tuesday, Friday, and Sunday. (Full Story Here)

Airbus delivers first A320neo assembled in Tianjin, China to AirAsia

(By Airbus)

TIANJIN, China — AirAsia has taken delivery of the first A320neo assembled at the Airbus Final Assembly Line Asia (FALA) at a dedicated ceremony here.

The aircraft, powered by CFM LEAP-1A engines, seats comfortably 186 passengers and is equipped with the innovative Space-Flex cabin.

AirAsia is the largest airline customer of the A320 Family with orders for 578 aircraft. These include 404 A320neo Family aircraft.

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AirAsia receives the first A320neo assembled at the Airbus Final Assembly Line Asia in Tianjin, China.
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Aireen Omar, AirAsia Berhad Chief Executive Officer said: “We are very proud to receive the first Airbus A320neo fully assembled in Tianjin, China and we would like to congratulate Airbus, as well as the Chinese Government for achieving yet another milestone. China is today one of the world’s most important markets for aviation, and we are honored to be part of the development and rapid growth of China’s civil aviation. We are certainly proud to take delivery of this aircraft fully assembled in Tianjin and have this historic aircraft as part of our fleet”.

“The Airbus A320 aircraft has contributed immensely towards our business model and our operations. We received our first A320neo last year and this is our thirteenth Airbus A320neo that we are receiving for the group, which is also the 184th aircraft delivered by Airbus. As we expand our network and grow our fleet, it is important for us to stay at the forefront of our business. We are very pleased with the A320neo, which provides up to 15 percent fuel savings and an additional range of 500 nautical miles, which translates to a lower fares for our guests.” she added.

“I am very pleased to hand over the first A320neo to be assembled in Tianjin to AirAsia. AirAsia will continue to benefit from the unique commonality between all variants of the Airbus Family and enjoy efficiencies throughout its existing fleet.” said Eric Chen, President of Airbus Commercial Aircraft China.

“The delivery of the NEO is a milestone for our Asia Final Assembly Line, which will help to meet the robust demand of our customers in China and the Asia-Pacific region,” he added. (Full Story Here)