AirAsia Introduces Two New Int’l Flights to Shenzhen and Singapore

28th Dec 2017

The biggest Asian budget airline AirAsia Bhd introduced two new flights to its international schedule- Bintulu to Singapore and Kuching to Shenzhen – and has received praised for this from the Parliament.

AirAsia Head of Commercial Spenser Lee said the company is excited to start new international flights to Sarawak province:

AirAsia has always been committed to expanding the market in Sarawak and these direct flights reiterate our commitment to grow the connectivity to the state. To-date, we have flown about 4.8 million guests in and out of Sarawak which is 12.1 per cent more than last year, with China and Singapore nationals topping the list. We are also proud to be recognised as the leading airline operator by the state government at the Sarawak Hornbill Tourism Award 2015/2016 this year.

At the press conference held at Bintulu Airport this Wednesday, Bintulu MP Tiong King Sing said that more international flights will increase business and investment opportunities for the city.

Mr Tiong said:

AirAsia understands the need to open these international routes and hopefully more such routes would be opened in the future.

AirAsia Edges Closer to China JV

Meanwhile, all the pieces seem to be getting in place for AirAsia to set up a joint venture low-cost carrier in China.

The group has obtained a business license approval from the local government on 13th November and in a filing this Wednesday to Bursa Malaysia, AirAsia said that the JV, which will operate under the name AirAsia Guangzhou Aviation Service Ltd. Company will have issued share capital of 1 million US dollars.

In a statement, AirAsia said:

The main objective of establishing the subsidiary is to have an aviation and commercial services company in China. The incorporation of the subsidiary is not expected to have any immediate effect on the issued and paid-up share capital or substantial shareholders’ shareholding in AirAsia.

On 14th May, AirAsia signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Everbright Financial Investment Holdings and Henan Government Working Group to set up a joint venture in China and operate an LCC. In addition, the JV will also include developing infrastructure, in particular a LCC terminal, pilot academy, and maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) center in Zhengzhou.

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