Friday, November 09, 2007

AirAsia wins Airlines of the Year Award

Low-cost airline AirAsia made Malaysia proud when it won the Centre of Asia Pacific Aviation (CAPA) Airline of the year award at the CAPA Aviation Awards for Excellence here last night.

The airline received the award before 300 members of the aviation community at a ceremony held in conjunction with the Aviation Outlook Summit yesterday.

The airline’s group CEO Datuk Tony Fernandes said winning the award was testament of the company’s resilience and cemented AirAsia as the leading and largest airline in Asia.

“This is our best year yet. It exemplifies our endeavour in rising up against the big incumbent players. We have come along way since starting up with only 200,000 passengers six years ago and now we have over 18 million passengers,” he said.

Fernandes said it was a wonder how such a small airline from Malaysia, which started out with RM40mil in debts, could have such an impact on the aviation landscape.

Malaysia also won another award – the Tourism Malaysia bagged the National Tourism Organisation of the Year.

Tourism Malaysia director-general Datuk Mirza Mohammad Taiyab said it was an acknowledgement of the campaign's success.

“We have finally received the attention of the relevant industry players. The Government has given us strong support,” he said, adding that some 20 million tourists were expected to visit Malaysia this year.

Source : STAR
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