39 Facts About AirAsia


Capital A Berhad, operating as AirAsia is a Malaysian multinational low-cost airline headquartered near Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

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AirAsia operates scheduled domestic and international flights to more than 165 destinations spanning 25 countries.

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AirAsia's registered office and head office is at Kuala Lumpur International Airport.

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AirAsia is the sponsor of Malaysia national football team, Singapore national football team, Jamshedpur FC and Queens Park Rangers.

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AirAsia is a former sponsor of Manchester United and Asia Red Tour.

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AirAsia has consistently been named as the world's best low-cost carrier for 13 years by Skytrax in a row in international travel and airline awards, including the latest award for 2022.

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AirAsia was established in 1993 and began operations on 18 November 1996.

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In 2003, AirAsia opened a second hub at Senai International Airport in Johor Bahru and launched its first international flight to Bangkok.

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AirAsia subsequently started its Thai AirAsia affiliate and began flights to Singapore and Indonesia.

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Under the plan, AirAsia proposed enhancing its route network by connecting all of its existing destinations throughout the region and expanding further into Vietnam, Indonesia, Southern China and India.

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In February 2013, AirAsia submitted an application to the Indian Foreign Investment Promotion Board, through its investment arm, AirAsia Investment Limited, to seek approval for commencing its operations in India.

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AirAsia committed to investing up to US$50 million in the new airline.

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In 2019, AirAsia opened its first restaurant that serves plane food in Kuala Lumpur.

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In November 2020 AirAsia did not complete the purchase of six already specifically built Airbus A320neo aircraft.

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In October 2021, AirAsia restarted international flights after the Malaysian government lifted travel restrictions.

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On January 3,2022, AirAsia proposed its corporate name change to Capital A, which subject to shareholders' approval.

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In October 2012, AirAsia's management said that they were keen to have more presence in India if the aviation environment and tax structure were conducive and friendly for low-cost airline operations.

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AirAsia said that the Tatas know India very well and have a good reputation.

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AirAsia announced its Indian low-cost affiliate airline on 19 February 2013.

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AirAsia is the first foreign airline to set up an affiliate airline in India.

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In November 2020, AirAsia reviewing its India operations run in partnership with Tata Sons signalling a possible exit from the world's fifth largest economy.

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AirAsia Japan was the first low-cost airline to be based at Narita International Airport.

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AirAsia Japan terminated its operations on 27 October 2013 after announcing the dissolution of its joint venture in June 2013.

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In November 2020, AirAsia Japan filed for bankruptcy proceedings in the Tokyo District Court on Tuesday with about 21.

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AirAsia X received its first A330 on 31 October 2008 in Toulouse, France.

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Indonesia AirAsia operates scheduled domestic, international services and is an Indonesian associate carrier of Malaysian low-fare airline AirAsia.

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Indonesia AirAsia X launched its first flight to Taipei on 29 January 2015.

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In October 2020, AirAsia X confirmed they have retrenchment of 10 per cent of their 24,000 employees.

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Philippines AirAsia is a joint venture between Filipino investors and AirAsia.

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On 15 August 2011, Philippines AirAsia took delivery of its first brand-new aircraft, an Airbus A320 which arrived at Clark International Airport in Angeles City.

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Thai AirAsia is a joint venture between AirAsia and Thailand's Asia Aviation.

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Thai AirAsia was the only low-cost airline operating both domestic and international flights from Suvarnabhumi Airport.

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In May 2022, AirAsia announced the introduction of its ride-hailing service in Thailand, AirAsia Ride.

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Thailand is the second country AirAsia is expanding the e-hailing services in, directly competing with the dominant player, Grab.

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On 13 December 2012, AirAsia placed an order for an additional 100 Airbus A320 jets, splitting it between 64 A320neo and 36 A320ceo.

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At the 2019 Farnborough Air Show, AirAsia further increased its orders for A320 aircraft, in the process becoming Airbus' largest customer for the A321neo variant.

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AirAsia offers "Santan" menu, with options to buy on board offering food, drinks, merchandise and duty free for purchase.

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Pre-purchase of "Santan" meals is available at a lower price than on board, and with additional options AirAsia is accredited by the KL Syariah Index of Bursa Malaysia, and in accordance with Shariah principles, it does not serve alcohol or pork.

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AirAsia is taking the first steps towards starting its own frequent-flyer programme.

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