AirAsia Hits Half a Billion Guests! Sixteen Years of Blood, Sweat and Tears
(Bangkok, Thailand) Did you know that in just 16 years, AirAsia has already flown more than 500 million guests to over 130 destinations, many of these are unique destinations that only AirAsia can fly to?
AirAsia Group CEO Tony Fernandes said, “We started in 2001 with just 2 planes and 200 Allstars in Malaysia and carried 200,000 guests. Today, we have more than 200 planes, over 20,000 Allstars of 50 different nationalities and half a billion guests, 60% of which were first-time flyers. Half a billion guests is no small feat — it is 7 times the population of Thailand, 16 times the population of Malaysia and about 80 percent of the entire Asean population (640 million, 2018*).”
He also added, “We would like to attribute this incredible milestone to every single guest who has flown with AirAsia. We are delighted to have been part of the flying experiences and memories of so many people and communities around the world, especially Asean, making it a smaller place. We are also proud to have contributed positively to the region’s economy through tourism and job creation.”
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Hitting the #halfabillion (500 Million) Guest Benchmark
AirAsia’s 500 millionth guest, a 34-year-old man named Dr. Panut Oprasertsawat took AirAsia to their half a billion mark when he flew from Phuket to Bangkok’s Don Mueang Airport last March 18, 2018.
Dr. Panut Oprasertsawat said, “I travel frequently between Bangkok and Phuket for work. AirAsia has always been my preferred airline due to their high flight frequency, affordable price and excellent services. Over the past decade, I am able to manage my business at both places due to the easy access of air connectivity. I am truly excited to be part of this milestone.”
AirAsia is proud to be a market leader in air connectivity within South East Asia. Since its early days, it has initiated new routes which are previously unheard of. These new routes that were previously unheard of and were not used by airlines, includes between East Malaysia and Peninsular Malaysia. Discovering these new routes brought communities closer and helped boost economic activities. The low-cost airline was also the pioneer in introducing international flights to Bandung, Indonesia, which has now grown to be a key international hub.
Just recently, OAG, a UK-based air travel international company, reported that Singapore-Kuala Lumpur is the busiest internal route, with AirAsia holding the largest share of capacity.
Best Low-Cost Airline in the World
Meanwhile, AirAsia has been named as the World’s Best Low-Cost Airline during the annual Skytrax World Airline Awards for nine times in a row from 2009 until 2017. AirAsia has been awarded as the World’s Leading Low-Cost Airline for the fifth consecutive year during the 2017 World Travel Awards, where it also became the inaugural recipient of the World’s Leading Low-Cost Airline Cabin Crew award.
AirAsia also realized many of its Allstar’s dream like the Kugan Tangiisuran, who first started as a dispatch boy and is now sitting in the flight deck as one of the airline’s co-pilot; Captain Norasikin Che Onn, the first commercial female pilot in Malaysia; Logan Velaitham, previously a cabin crew and now leads AirAsia Singapore as a CEO, and many more dreams of talented Allstars.
AirAsia will bring its #halfabillion celebration to many selected destinations across the region. While in the air and on the ground, guests will be able to view a personalized video of their journey with AirAsia by logging into halfabillion.airasia.com.