Thursday, January 11, 2007

120,000 Free AirAsia tickets Snapped Up

KUALA LUMPUR: About 120,000 of the one million free seats offered by AirAsia were snapped up by noon yesterday, barely 12 hours after the promotion began.

The local low-cost airline’s executive vice-president of commercial Kathleen Tan described the response as “massive.”

“On an average day, our website’s network usage capacity is 30%, but now it is 90%,” she said.
The flight bookings have leapt to 20 times more than the normal rate.

With this promotion, local and international flight tickets may be reserved online between yesterday and Jan 19.

“Due to the heavy traffic, the IT team has been working around the clock since midnight to monitor the bookings hourly,” Tan added.

The most popular destination so far is Macau, where the number of free tickets has already hit “limited” status.

Other places receiving good response included Hanoi and Bali.
“We have been receiving numerous SMSes and our phone has been ringing non-stop,” she said.
“We want to tell everyone to be patient as it is only the first day of the promotion.”

Those registered with the AirAsia Malaysia website were given notification about the promotion via e-mail a day before the booking period.

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