AirAsia awarded best Asian low-cost carrier by APAC travel news publisher TTG
13 October 2008
AirAsia has once again been awarded the best Asian low cost carrier award from Asia Pacific's travel news publisher, TTG.
The award went to AirAsia after industry stakeholders including travel agents, tour operators and destination management companies voted for the airline in a three-month poll conducted by TTG.
TTG said that AirAsia received the award for being the low-cost airline that provided the best service, network and schedules, and for being the most agent-friendly in terms of reservations, confirmations. It was also awarded for having the most professional sales and marketing teams in terms of innovative ideas, incentive programmes and servicing.
AirAsia's regional head for commercial, Ms Kathleen Tan said, "We are extremely honoured to be named Best Asian Low Cost Carrier by TTG, and recognition of our low cost model by our industry peers. The aviation industry is going through turbulent times with uncertainties of where oil is heading.
She added, "This is a period where airlines are consolidating, re-thinking strategies and deployment of route network. In AirAsia, we have placed a huge order of 175 Airbus 320s and 25 Airbus 330's for AirAsia X and we believe there is a silver lining in every cloud and looking forward to have some exciting challenges ahead of us. Technology has changed the dynamics of air travel, consumers buying habits and patterns. With our low fares, we see more families, youths and even companies on incentives travel flying with AirAsia."
Ms Tan was received the award on behalf of the airline at the ceremony held at the Centara Grand and Bangkok Convention Centre, Central World, Bangkok.
Tan concluded, "AirAsia has flown over 55 million guests and we are certain, our innovation through the internet has made travel booking seamless, fast and convenient to the new generation of travellers, thus accelerating travel demand and changing travel landscapes. The buzz in Asia was even more evident after the recent Beijing Olympics and AirAsia remains committed to make travel effortless with our low fares, allow more people to fly and connect more points to enhance our network and stimulate travel demand, especially for the leisure market. We hope to continue to raise our bars of service level and work closely to support our industry partners to boost travel demand and thank them for supporting AirAsia."
AirAsia Group flies to all ASEAN countries, China and Australia. It operates an extensive network of over 106 routes and has six hubs – Kuala Lumpur, Johor Bahru and Kota Kinabalu in Malaysia; Bangkok in Thailand; and Jakarta and Bali in Indonesia.