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Published on : Tuesday, December 3, 2013
The World Travel Awards, also hailed as the ‘Oscars’ of the travel industry recognizes companies, organizations and brands that push the boundaries of industry excellence. AirAsia emerged as winner in the ‘World’s Leading Low Cost Airline’ category, receiving the highest votes from travel professionals from around the globe, surpassing other nominees in the category, namely Air Arabia, Air Berlin, easyJet, JetBlue Airways, Precision Air and Southwest Airlines.
Dato’ Aziz Bakar, Director of AirAsia Berhad represented the AirAsia Group at the award ceremony to receive this prestigious award.
Datuk Kamarudin Meranun, Executive Chairman and Co-Founder of AirAsia said, “This recognition is a testament towards the strong brand that AirAsia has built. From a Malaysian start-up, we are now an international brand synonymous with low-cost travel, with innovation as our key driver. It is a great honour to win this award, as this places ‘brand Malaysia’ on a great pedestal so that we can achieve our mission to develop the country into a major aviation hub like Dubai.”
“AirAsia is turning 12 in a few days, and it has been a great journey and every time we receive an internationally-acclaimed award or recognition, it makes me proud that our passion knows no bounds and that a Malaysian-grown dream can turn into a world-class airline. As a home grown airline, we feel responsible to propel our nation’s aviation industry further, and we would need the support of our government and Malaysians alike to achieve that,” added Kamarudin.
AirAsia has also been named the World’s Best Low Cost Airline by Skytrax for five consecutive years from 2009 – 2013.
The airline, which has operations in Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia and the Philippines has flown over 202 million guests in less than 12 years of operations, through its extensive route network that spans across 87 destinations throughout 22 countries