Budget airlines AirAsia bagged the “World’s Best Low-Cost Airline” and “Asia’s Best Low-Cost Airline” titles at the 2013 World Airline Awards here.
AirAsia’s low-cost long haul affiliate carrier AirAsia X also received the World’s Best Low-Cost Airline – Premium Class and World’s Best Low-Cost Airline – Premium Class Seat titles. The titles were awarded at the Paris Air Show in Le Bourget near here. This the fifth consecutive year AirAsia has won both the awards – a global benchmark for airline excellence. All four awards are also some of the most prestigious titles in the global airline industry. Two hundred airlines from over 160 countries took part in the ranking quality standards across more than 40 areas of airline front-line products and services to bag the titles.
The awards were received by AirAsia deputy group chief executive officer and AirAsia X co-founder and director Datuk Kamarudin Meranun and AirAsia Berhad chairman Datuk Aziz Bakar. In a statement released at the air show, AirAsia group chief executive officer Tan Sri Tony Fernandes said it was a proud moment for both airlines:
It is a testament of our continuous effort to deliver one of the best in-flight comforts. We are consistently seeking ways to improve our service in providing world class flying experience to our guests. We started over 11 years ago with RM40mil in debt and today we are valued at RM9bil in terms of market capital.
We have flown over 190 million guests to date and we look forward to welcome our 200th million guest on board soon.
Woot! This calls for a celebration. Congratulations, Tan Sri Tony Fernandes and AirAsia!