Asia's most popular and customer focussed airline, AirAsia is growing day by day and increasing its empire by covering all Asia with its low cost and amenities.
AirAsia operates with the world's lowest unit cost of US$0.023 per available seat kilometer (ASK) and a passenger breakeven load factor of 52%.
In 2007, The New York Times described the airline as a "pioneer" of low-cost travel in Asia.
AirAsia is the sponsor of Malaysia national football team, Singapore national football team, Jamshedpur FC and Queens Park Rangers. AirAsia is also a former sponsor of Manchester United and Asia Red Tour.
AirAsia has consistently been named as the world's best low-cost carrier for 10 years in a row in international travel and airline awards, including the latest award for 2018.
Here are the top facts about AirAsia you need to know if you are an aviation aspirant:
1. ROUGH START
AirAsia was established in 1993 and began operations on 18 November 1996. It was founded by a government consolidate named as DRB-HICOM. On 2 December 2001, the heavily indebted airline was bought by former Time Warner executive Tony Fernandes' company Tune Air Sdn Bhd for the token sum of one ringgit (about US$0.26 at the time) with US$11 million (MYR 40 million) worth of debts.
Fernandes turned the company around, producing a profit in 2002 and launching new routes from its hub in Kuala Lumpur, undercutting former monopoly operator Malaysia Airlines with promotional fares as low as MYR 1 (US$0.27).
In 2003, AirAsia opened a second hub at Senai International Airport in Johor Bahru near Singapore and launched its first international flight to Bangkok.
After that AirAsia grew its market share and became the successful airline brand.
2. AirAsia and TATA Sons.
AirAsia boosts their empire by focusing on India.
Southern India was its preferable choice. Tony Fernandes called the joint venture with Tata Sons a marriage made in heaven. He said that the Tatas know India very well and have a good reputation. A tie-up with the company would help AirAsia operate efficiently. Fernandes said that he would concentrate mainly on the one million south Indians who travel by rail.
AirAsia announced its Indian low-cost affiliate airline on 19 February 2013. The airline would be operated as a joint venture, with AirAsia holding 49% of the airline. Arun Bhatia took up 21% and Tata Sons the remaining 30% stake in the airline. The joint venture would also mark Tata Sons' return to aviation industry after 60 years. AirAsia is the first foreign airline to set up an affiliate airline in India.
The airlines are headquartered in Chennai and planned to make Chennai International Airport as its hub. Later, the primary hub of the airlines was shifted to Kempegowda International Airport, Bangalore.
The airline announced that Indira Gandhi International Airport, Delhi will be its hub for North Indian operations.
The low cost, no frill carrier is currently spanning in the countries like Bangladesh, Thailand, Myanmar, Singapore, Philippines, South Korea, Taiwan, India, Australia, New Zealand, U.K and many more.
It is moving to widen their scope of covered locations to cater to their growing number of passengers worldwide.
4. CLASS WITH COMFORT.
Being a low-cost carrier flight its full of comfort and amenities, AirAsia provides extra leg room space to all the passengers which provide ease during the journey.
AirAsia is equipped with extra-large seats and headrest which makes you feel luxurious during the journey.
AirAsia consists of three classes:
1. Economy: Reach your destination with comfortable leather seats of the carrier.
2. Hot Seats: These seats are reserved for special guests. These seats are ideal for passengers who are searching for extra legroom, proximity to exit doors, nearness to lavatories.
3. Premium Economy: These seats are equal to business class and it boasts features like extra leg room, ultra wide seats, meals, drinks and check-in baggage.
The total AirAsia fleet (excluding subsidiaries) consists of the following aircraft (As of April 2019):
1. Airbus A320-200 - 69 In-service.
2. Airbus A320neo - 27 In-service and 238 bought.
3. Airbus A321neo - 100 ordered deliveries from 2020.
These are the top five facts about AirAsia airlines you should know if you are an aviation aspirant.
The above data is based on information on the AirAsia official website.
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