Wednesday, November 15, 2006

AirAsia to Hit 18million

AirAsia passenger volume to hit 18mil

KUALA LUMPUR: AirAsia Bhd expects passenger volume to hit 18 million by end-2007, backed by the agreement it sealed with Amadeus, increased number of Airbus A320 aircraft and more destinations, said group chief executive officer Datuk Tony Fernandes.

“For the financial year ended June 30, the airline had a passenger volume of about nine million,” he said yesterday after the agreement signing between AirAsia and Amadeus, a technology and distribution solutions provider to the travel and tourism industry.

Under the agreement, Amadeus travel agents and corporate customers across the globe will be able to book seats on AirAsia, Thai AirAsia and Indonesia AirAsia as well as Fly Asian Xpress (FAX).

“This agreement will see AirAsia deploy a next-generation distribution solution for ticket-less travel in the Asia-Pacific,” Fernandes said.

From left: Amadeus Asia Ltd vice-president, Airline Business Group, Asia Pacific, Damian Hickey, David Brett, Datuk Tony Fernandes and AirAsia executive vicepresident (commercial) Kathleen Tan at the press conferenceHe said it was another step for the company to reach out to more travellers.

He also said the group expected 10% to 20% of its total bookings via Amadeus.
Amadeus Asia-Pacific president David Brett said the partnership reinforced the value of travel agency distribution as an important complementary sales channel for low-cost carriers.
He said Amadeus accounted for about 30% of the 150 million bookings generated in the region.
On another matter, Fernandes said based on the rising volume of AirAsia’s business, the company would need to order more aircraft.

“Business has never been so good for us. The management and board have not discussed it but I believe that in the not too distant future, we have to order more planes,” he said, adding that this was his personal view.

News Source : STAR

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