AirAsia chief executive for Hong Kong and Macao, Celia Lao, celebrates with Breaking Travel News as the carrier is recognised as Asia’s Leading Low-Cost Airline at the World Travel Awards.
Expedia Group has purchased the 25 per cent equity interest in AAE Travel held by AirAsia, the joint venture formed by the two firms in March 2011. The cash consideration is $60 million, net of AirAsia’s concurrent purchase of AirAsiaGo.com domain names and related assets from AAE Travel.
Recognised as the World’s Leading Low-Cost Airline by the World Travel Awards, AirAsia founder Tony Fernandes here tells Breaking Travel News just what it is that separates the carrier from its competitors in the region and around the world.
AirAsia commercial director Spencer Lee tells Breaking Travel News about the airline, how it is seeking to revolutionise travel in the region, and how important the UK has become as a source market. He also tells us how significant it is has been to be recognised by the World Travel Awards.
AirAsia has taken delivery of the first A320neo assembled at the Airbus Final Assembly Line Asia at a dedicated ceremony in Tianjin, China. The aircraft, powered by CFM LEAP-1A engines, seats comfortably 186 passengers and is equipped with the innovative Space-Flex cabin.
Kathleen Tan, president, north Asia, AirAsia, speaks to Breaking Travel News about the low-cost carrier’s latest victory at the World Travel Awards.
Bo Lingam, deputy group chief executive, AirAsia, speaks to Breaking Travel News about the airline’s revolutionary impact the carrier has had on tourism in the region.
AirAsia has signed a firm order with Airbus for the purchase of 100 A321neo aircraft. The contract was announced at the Farnborough Airshow by AirAsia Group chief executive Tony Fernandes and Airbus president Fabrice Brégier. The contract marks the first order placed by AirAsia for the largest model in the best-selling A320 Family.
Indonesian officials have suggested a faulty component was a “major factor” in the crash of an AirAsia operated Airbus A320-200 in December last year. Flight QZ8501 came down on route from Surabaya to Singapore when it came down in the Java Sea, with the loss of 162 lives.
Travelport has signed a new agreement signed with AirAsia, Asia’s largest low cost carrier, for its Rich Content and Branding solution. This supplements the distribution agreements that Travelport already has with seven carriers within the AirAsia group.