LONDON, Waspada.co.id – AirAsia has been named the Worldâ€™s Best Low-Cost Airline for the tenth year in a row. AirAsia won the accolade at the 2018 Skytrax World Airline Awards, held today at The Langham, London.
Dubbed the â€˜Oscars of the Aviation Industryâ€™, the Skytrax Awards are the global benchmark of airline excellence with over 20.36 million customers surveyed worldwide by more than 105 nationalities, measuring standards across 49 key performance indicators of an airlineâ€™s frontline products and services.
AirAsia co-founder, Executive Chairman of AirAsia Group Berhad and Group CEO of AirAsia X, Datuk Kamarudin Meranun, accepted the award in London together with AirAsiaâ€™s long-serving Allstars from across the region.
The four selected Allstars were Acting Head of Ground Operations Ahmad Bin Ismail from Malaysia (17 years of service), Assistant Cabin Crew Manager Robert Anthony Gutierrez from the Philippines (7 years of service), Head of ICT Pipat Khunprakan from Thailand, AirAsiaâ€™s first staff in Thailand (15 years of service) and Assistant Flight Dispatch Manager Koji Kaneko who dispatched AirAsia Japanâ€™s very first flight (4 years of service).
â€œIâ€™m honored to celebrate our record-breaking tenth win today with our Allstars who have been with us on this journey since the early days. This moment feels surreal. I remember the ecstatic feeling of being named the worldâ€™s best low-cost airline for the very first time ten years ago. I would have never imagined we would remain the worldâ€™s best for a decade. Thank you for your tremendous love and support. We will continue to champion low fares and hopefully transform many more lives in the process,â€ said Datuk Kamarudin Meranun.
AirAsia X was also presented Worldâ€™s Best Low-Cost Airline Premium Cabin for the sixth consecutive year. Chairman of AirAsia X, Tan Sri Rafidah Aziz, accepted the award for AirAsia X. AirAsia also took home Asiaâ€™s Best Low-Cost Airline, received by Deputy Group CEO (Airline Business), Bo Lingam, who joined AirAsia in 2001 as a Ground Operations Manager.
In true One AirAsia spirit, the win was celebrated across the group in AirAsia offices in Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok, Jakarta, Manila, Bangalore and Nagoya, with a special live interactive show broadcasted on AirAsiaâ€™s Facebook page.
AirAsia also brings the celebration to major hub airports, namely KL International Airport 2 (KLIA2), Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Jakarta, and Don Mueang International Airport in Bangkok from 17-22 July, with boarding pass-enabled photobooths and a chance of winning tickets to their dream AirAsia destination.
As part of the celebration, AirAsia will be offering unbelievably low fares on 23-29 July on www.airasia.com and AirAsia mobile app. Guests also stand a chance to win one year of free flights* by participating in our #WeAreAllChampions social media contest. (wol/aa/airasia/data2)
Editor: AUSTIN TUMENGKOL