Their hard work will be duly rewarded.
And yes, we are talking about the medalists at 2016’s Rio Olympics. They’ve brought honour to their countries, and now, Air Asia is going to reward them by offering free flights for them for life.
The reward only applies to the gold medalists in the South East Asian region, said AirAsia CEO Tan Sri Tony Fernandes. This does not mean that the other medalists will be neglected, as silver medalists will be rewarded with free flights for the next 5 years, while bronze medalists for the next 3 years.
In a Facebook post, Fernandes said:
“What an Olympics this was for Asean. Airasia which has its roots in Asean wants to reward those who gave us so much joy. Also they taught and reminded us never to give up on your dreams and never stop believing you can be the best in the world. Airasia wants to reward GOLD medalists with FREE FLIGHTS for LIFE. We will also reward our Silver and Bronze medalists. We want all (of) Asean to believe they can be the best in the world. Thank you to all the medalists for making us dream and believe.”
This means that 5 Olympians, namely, Joseph Schooling (Singapore), Hoang Xuan Vinh (Vietnam), Tontowi Ahmad (Indonesia), Liliana Natsir (Indonesia), Sopita Tanasan (Thailand), and Sukanya Srisurat (Thailand), will be able to fly for free throughout their lifetime.
Schooling obtained his gold medal through the men’s 100m butterfly swimming event; Hoang won it via the men’s 10m air pistol event; Ahmad and Natsir emerged victorious in the mixed doubles badminton event; Tanasan won the women’s 48kg weightlifting event; while Srisurat took the 1st place in the women’s 58kg weightlifting event.
Singapore and Vietnam also won their first Olympic gold medal through this year’s event. The Rio Olympics also marks Malaysia’s best medal haul thus far, having won a total of 5 medals – 4 silvers and 1 bronze.
Source: Tony Fernandes’ Facebook page.