The AirAsia group of airlines including Malaysia AirAsia, Thai AirAsia, AirAsia Philippines and medium haul affiliates AirAsia X Malaysia and Thai AirAsia X have been awarded the Top LCC in Asia by AirlineRatings.com in its annual Airline Excellence Awards.
Launched in 2001 by Datuk Kamarudin Meranun and Tony Fernandes with just two planes, AirAsia has had spectacular growth over the past two decades to become a dominant force in the Asian region, with one of the largest fleets and destinations in the region.
AirAsia and its Group airlines have re-written the rule book for airlines in Asean and beyond.
AirlineRatings.com Editor-in-Chief, Geoffrey Thomas said that the win was “richly deserved.”
“Mr. Fernandes and AirAsia X Malaysia chief executive Benyamin Ismail have done an outstanding job guiding the airlines to their market dominant position.”
“These airlines have made travel affordable for hundreds of millions throughout Asia, and they offer outstanding value and a great experience.”
Capital A CEO, Tony Fernandes said: “This is truly humbling after the past few through most turbulent years in aviation history and we thank the experts at AirlineRatings.com for their continued support and honouring aviation excellence.
“As a leading aviation and travel platform that provides an integrated ecosystem, now we will continue to deliver the very best value across all of our businesses, including the platform business airasia superapp (airlines, hotels, ride, food), fintech, aircraft maintenance, and cargo, which is amongst the fastest growing in the Southeast Asian region.”
AirAsia X Malaysia CEO, Benyamin Ismail also welcomed the news and said: “At AirAsia X (AAX) we will always focus on delivering the very best in terms of safe, affordable and reliable air travel for medium haul flights which are typically over five hours across Asia Pacific and beyond. We have already re-launched our most popular destinations to India, South Korea, Australia, Japan, China and New Zealand and have many more destinations which we will be announcing soon to cater for strong demand.
“Our premium flatbeds which are amongst the best low cost business style seats in the sky alongside our incredible inflight service are one of many reasons our guests continue to fly with us. We are also thankful to the team at AirlineRatings.com for their unwavering support to acknowledge us yet again as amongst the world’s leading airlines in our category.”