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AIR ASIA – Background & History

Dream of making flying possible for everyone come true with Air Asia!

This article throws light on a pioneer of flights in Asia which  operates scheduled domestic and international flights and is Asia’s largest low-fare, no-frills airline.

Born in the aftermath of 9/11 and coming through the global financial crisis, Air Asia has faced some of the most turbulent times in the airline industry. With their successes today, it stands as testimony to the power of great innovation, passion, teamwork and well-executed ideas.


Air Asia Berhad Background

AIR ASIA started in 2001 with 2 old aircraft, having bought the then loss making Air Asia from its Malaysian owner DRB-Hicom, for a token of MYR1 (USD0.25 cents) and MYR40 million (USD11 million) in debt.

–      Founded: 1993

–      Commenced Operations: 18 November 1996

–      Hubs: Kuala Lumpur International Airport

–      Secondary hubs: 

  •  Kota Kinabalu International Airport
  • Senai International Airport
  • Penang International Airport
  • Kuching International AirporT

–      Fleet size: 165

–      Destinations:88

–      Company slogan: Now Everyone Can Fly

–      Parent company: Tune Group

–      Headquarters Registered office: Petaling Jaya, Selangor

–      Head office: Kuala Lumpur International Airport
Sepang, Selangor

–      Key people:

  • Tony Fernandes (Cofounder and Director)
  • Aireen Omar (CEO)

Revenue – RM 5.19 billion (2013)

Net income – RM 364 million (2013)

Affiliate airlines:

  • Air Asia India
  • Air Asia Japan
  • Air Asia X
  • Air Asia Zest
  • Indonesia Air Asia
  • Philippines Air Asia
  • Thai Air Asia
  • Thai Air Asia X


How did they do it?

  • Committed to low fares: Their commitment to low fares lies in their promise of “Now everyone can fly”.
  • 25-minute turnaround: Less time on the ground and more time in the air means they get the most of every flight through high aircraft utilization, lower costs and greater airline and staff productivity.
  • No frills: Pay only for what you want. If you want additional in-flight comfort, just add-on.
  • Cost Saving Innovation: Constantly on the lookout for the latest advancement in savings, it is the first airline to use the new Airbus A320 aircraft installed with ‘sharklet wing tips’ to lower wind drag and provide better fuel consumption.
  • Amazing quality with safety: They have renowned international partners for aircraft and engine maintenance, and made significant investment to ensure the safety of their planes. It adopt a zero tolerance to unsafe practices and strive for zero accidents through proper training, work practices, risk management and adherence to safety regulations at all times.
  • Pick-A-Seat: Their pick-a-seat services provide passengers with the option of choosing whether their seat should be a window side, standard, or a hot seat. One can board earlier to choose the seat of their choice.
  • Self Check-In: As a faster alternative to checking in at airport counters, the company now has a self check-in service. This flight service enables fast and handy checking-in through mobile phone, airport kiosks, or the company’s website.



Other information about Air Asia




    Malaysia AirAsia


    Thai AirAsia


    Indonesia AIrAsia


    AirAsia X


    Philippines AirAsia


    AirAsia Zest


    Thai AirAsia X

    Flight codes: Just take a look at the table below



  • Aircraft types: A320 could fly 180 guests (AirAsia flights below 4 hours) and 377 guests on the A330 (AirAsia X flights above 4 hours).


Air Asia Cheapest flights available of some featured destinations



All- in-fare from

From Kuala Lumpur

to Bangalore

RM 485.00

From Kuala Lumpur

to Chennai

RM 339.00

From Bangkok – Don Mueang

to Chennai

THB 3,590

From Bangkok – Don Mueang

to Kolkata

THB 3,370

From Penang

to Hong Kong

RM 395.00

From Kuala Lumpur

to Hong Kong

RM 408.00

From Kuala Lumpur

to Bali

RM 260.00

From Singapore

to Bali

SGD 128.00

From Chennai

to Kuala Lumpur

Rs 6503.00

From Bangalore

to Kuala Lumpur

Rs 6914.00

From Kolkata

to Kuala Lumpur

Rs 6876.00


So, now you can also fly!!

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