AirAsia - Malaysia Budget Airline
AirAsia's is the nation first leading low fare no frills airline and the first to introduce "ticketless" traveling. With the famous tagline 'now everyone can fly', the budget airline philosophy of low fares is aimed to make flying affordable for everyone. AirAsia also aims at making air travel easy, convenient and fun for its guests.

Operate mainly on two types of aircrafts, the Boeing 737-300 and Airbus 320, the no frills and low fares air travel were certainly a good news to many, majority of whom had never flown before.

From its humble beginning of just four routes and two planes, the airline now flies to
over 40 destinations in Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Macau, China, Philippines,
Cambodia, Vietnam and Myanmar, formed two successful joint ventures in Thailand through Thai AirAsia, and Indonesia through AWAIR, expanded its fleet from the original two to twenty eight, and revolutionized air travel in these country by offering incredibly low fares through its innovative sales channels. To date the
AirAsia group, has carried over 40 million guests.

The airline is also now a public listed company on the Malaysia Stocks Exchange (Bursa Malaysia), after having on 22 November 2004, successfully orchestrated one of the largest public offering in Malaysia and raised a whopping RM 717.4 million for its future expansion.

In line with its growth and expansion plans, the airline has secured a 130 aircraft commitment with Airbus for its A320s (100 firm, 30 options). The 130 aircraft order will place the budget airline as the single largest customer for the aircraft in Asia- Pacific, and potentially one of the largest airline fleets in the region. The new aircraft would gradually replaced its' existing Boeing 737-300s.

Another spectacular moves by the budget airline saw the latest partnership with British billionaire, Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Group with Fly Asian Xpress Sdn Bhd (FAX). FAX is a sister company of AirAsia and Fernandes is one of the founding member. FAX will operate Malaysia’s only long-haul low-cost carrier, AirAsia X, that had decided Gold Coast will be its first destination by end-September or early October and the cheapest fare it will offer is RM90.

The Virgin Group will take 20% stake of FAX. With the vast experience, Virgin would assist the budget airline in the negotiations with various airports, regulatory authorities and governments and provide FAX management team access to a wealth of resources to draw upon.

For the Long haul flight, the airline has put up an order of 15 A330 aircraft and the first delivery is expected in 2008. For its maiden flight this year, FAX has leased an aircraft that is being refurbished at its hanger. Apart from the Gold Coast, FAX would fly to Hangzhou and Tianjian in China, and Avalon in Melbourne this year. Early next year, Fernandes said, FAX planned to fly to Amritsar and “we would call it the Punjabi Express.”

The company has won numerous awards in line with its remarkable and successful journey such as:

  • Asia’s Best Budget Airline under Best In Travel 2006 -
  • Malaysia’s Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2006 - awarded to YBhg. Dato' Tony Fernandes  
  • Asia's Top 200 "Best Under A Billion" Companies by Forbes Asia
  • Airline Market Leadership Award - by Air Transport World (ATW)
  • Best IPO of the Year by The Edge Singapore
  • Market Leadership Award, 2005 Airline Achievement Awards - by Air Transport World Magazine  
  • Air Cargo Industry Newcomer Award at the ACW World Air Cargo
  • Best Asian Low-Cost Carrier - By TTG Travel Awards 2011
  • World's Best Low Cost Airline Best Low Cost Airline – Asia by Skytrax
  • Asiamoney's Best Managed Company Award
  • ATW Value Airline of the Year
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