In just sixteen years, AirAsia has flown over 500 million guests to over 130 destinations, many of which are unique destinations that only AirAsia flies to.
According to AirAsia Group CEO and Founder Tony Fernandes, AirAsia started in 2001 with only 2 planes and 200 Allstars in Malaysia and carried 200,000 guests.
Today, AirAsia has more than 200 planes, over 20,000 Allstars of 50 different nationalities and half a billion guests, 60% of which were first-time flyers. Half a billion guests is no small feat — it is 7 times the population of Thailand, 16 times the population of Malaysia and about 80 percent of the entire ASEAN population (640 million, 2018*).
The Lucky 500 millionth guest
The 500 millionth guest, 34-year old Dr Panut Oprasertsawat took AirAsia over the half a billion mark when he flew from Phuket to Bangkok Don Mueang on 18 March 2018. Dr Panut Oprasertsawat is a frequent AirAsia guest. He said AirAsia has always been his preferred airline due to their high flight frequency, affordable price and excellent services.
After the quick group interview with Tony Fernandes, Dr. Panat and Thai popular actor Pope Thanawat, Dr. Panat was then awarded 3M AirAsia BIG LOYALTY points and 50K TBH worth of vouchers from vidi. As Tony handed the prize to Dr, Panat, he (Tony) suddenly made a special announcement that instead of the 3M AirAsia BIG LOYALTY points reward, Dr. Panat will be gifted with FREE AirAsia flights for life not only for himself but even his wife.
AirAsia has been named the World’s Best Low-Cost Airline at the annual Skytrax World Airline Awards nine times in a row from 2009 to 2017. AirAsia was also awarded World’s Leading Low-Cost Airline for the fifth consecutive year at the 2017 World Travel Awards, where it became the inaugural recipient of the World’s Leading Low-Cost Airline Cabin Crew award.
The airline has also realised many of its Allstars’ dreams such as Kugan Tangiisuran, who started as a dispatch boy to now sitting in the flight deck as a co-pilot; Logan Velaitham, who was a cabin crew and now leads AirAsia Singapore as a CEO; first commercial female pilot in Malaysia, Captain Norasikin Che Onn and many more dreams of talented Allstars.
AirAsia will bring its #halfabillion celebration to selected destinations across the region, on the ground and in the air, while guests will be able to view a personalized video of their journey with AirAsia when they log into halfabillion.airasia.com.