16th Jul 2014
AirAsia keeps it reputation as Asia's most awarded low-cost carrier when it was named this year's honor, 'World's Best Low-Cost Airline' during the World Airline Awards recently.
The award is the airline's 6th in as many years when it got the same honor in 2008. Along with the honor, Asia's pioneering budget carrier was also named 'Asia's Best Low-Cost Airline' for 2014, also its 6th consecutive award for 6 consecutive years.
The annual prestigious awards are presented by Skytrax World Airlines to deserving airlines all over the world. The awards are the result of the 10-month global survey involving 245 airlines across the world, including domestic and international carriers. There were a total of 18.9 million respondents who participated in the survey. They were to rate the airlines' level of efficiency across 41 key performance indicators of their products and services.
AirAsia's story is one of the world's most inspiring stories as it started out from a 2-aircraft airline company who was buried in a US$11 million debt before it was bailed out by Tony Fernandes for a token of 1 ringgit. Since it started commercial operations in 2002 as the newly-rehabilitated airline, AirAsia has since grown into a 160 aircraft-strong airline company, serving over 90 destinations across Asia. The AirAsia group of airlines has flown over 250 million passengers since then. The AirAsia group includes 6 other overseas subsidiaries in Indonesia, Japan, the Philippines, Thailand, and India. The Malaysian units include AirAsia (mother unit) and AirAsia X (long-haul) which are both headquartered in Kuala Lumpur.
AirAsia India is the latest addition to the group having been launched only in early June this year. AirAsia has just relaunched its Japanese unit after it parted ways with its original partners.
The AirAsia group operates some of the world's youngest fleet of narrow-body A320 aircraft, averaging 3 years in service. The group has an outstanding order of over 470 A320s for deliveries up to 2026.
Under the group, all affiliates maintain a high level of efficiency in services and product offerings including its hallmark, lowest fares to any destinations. AirAsia group offers an extensive route network across Asia and beyond operating a combined 90 destinations.
Aside from its Malaysian units, the group also includes Indonesia AirAsia , AirAsia Philippines, Thai AirAsia, Thai AirAsia X, AirAsia Zest, AirAsia India, and AirAsia Japan.