AirAsia, AirAsia X awarded as Asia’s top low-cost airline for 2020

AirAsia, AirAsia X awarded as Asia's top low-cost airline photo by @troyscanon via Unsplash

Best Low-Cost Airline in Asia for 2020: AirAsia and AirAsia X

AirAsia and AirAsia X get another commendation after being recognized by as the best low-cost airlines in the Asia/Pacific Region at the recent Airline Excellence Awards.

According to editor Geoffrey Thomas, the two AirAsia companies won the award for their “dominant market position.” Due to their wide reach, they enable passengers to travel to different destinations at affordable prices.

AirAsia, AirAsia X awarded as Asia's top low-cost airline photo by @troyscanon via Unsplash
AirAsia, AirAsia X awarded as Asia’s top low-cost airline photo by @troyscanon via Unsplash

AirAsia Group chief executive Tony Fernandes said that he was grateful for the praise that his companies are getting. He pledged to continue offering the best service available to travelers in the Asia Pacific.

AirAsia X is a sister company of AirAsia. Also based in Kuala Lumpur, it specializes in offering low-cost, long-haul flights for passengers in the Asia-Pacific region.

AirAsia’s awards

This is actually not the first time that the Malaysian air transportation company got the award. AirAsia bagged the award in 2018, taking over from Singaporean budget airline Scoot.

In June, the company also got praised as the world’s top low-cost airline. The airline won the category during the Skytrax World Airline Awards.

AirAsia flight to Bacolod
AirAsia flight to Bacolod

AirAsia’s expansion and growing fleet of airplanes

With an ever-expanding field of competition, the two companies recently purchased Airbus A330 and Airbus A321XLR aircraft. The former can handle long-range travel for up to 335 passengers. The other one is specially made for high-capacity, long-range flights with a range that can extend to 8,300 kilometers.

The company is actually thinking hard about doing expansion in new markets. One market AirAsia X is eyeing is Australia, which is a popular destination for East Asian and Southeast Asian tourists. They are also looking to offer long-haul trips to European cities soon.

As of right now, the two sister companies collectively have 272 aircraft. Their fleet serves a total of 25 markets, with more than 150 destinations.

AirAsia Promo Fares at the Philippine Travel Mart
AirAsia Promo Fares at the Philippine Travel Mart

Innovative process for passenger boarding

In related news, AirAsia has announced that it will introduce a facial recognition system for its passengers soon.

Because of its Fast Airport Clearance Experience System (FACES), passengers may no longer need to present their boarding passes. The system is already being tested in Johor Bahru’s Senai International Airport.

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Written by Melo Villareal

Melo Villareal is the Online Publisher of He is an Accountant by profession who left the corporate world at the age of 23 to explore his beautiful country and the rest of the world. Today, Melo works as a part-time Social Media Manager for local and international clients. His full-time work focuses on discovering interesting culture, explore different cuisines and take memorable photos from local and international destinations he's visiting.

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