Wednesday, March 07, 2007

New Plane to help Promote Tourism

KUALA LUMPUR: AirAsia plans to ferry as much as 40 per cent of the targeted 20.1 million tourists during Visit Malaysia Year 2007.

AirAsia chief executive officer Datuk Tony Fernandes said this translated to eight million tourists, mostly from Asean nations, who would land at the RM100-million Low Cost Carrier Terminal in Sepang.

Speaking after unveiling the AirAsia Airbus A320 with the VMY logo at the LCCT yesterday, he said it was the first aircraft in the fleet not painted in red.

Fernandes also plans to change people’s perception of AirAsia.

"We are known to be unreliable and always late. This is because we do not have sugar daddies buying us planes.

"We started with humble beginnings and now we have 17 brand new aircraft.

"We are also in the midst of changing our menu, but the first goal is to get rid of the image that we are not reliable."

Fernandes also reiterated that AirAsia deserved to operate the Kuala Lumpur-Singapore sector since it had proven itself and contributed a lot to the country’s tourism.

Source : NST
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