HAMBURG, 5 APRIL 2017 – AirAsia, through its subsidiary ROKKI Sdn Bhd, has signed a Memorandum of Understand (MoU) with Inmarsat for its next-generation GX Aviation inflight connectivity solution. Installation is expected to commence this year, with the service to go live in 2018. AirAsia is currently one of the leading airline customers for Inmarsat’s SwiftBroadband service and will upgrade to GX Aviation, the world’s first inflight broadband solution with reliable, seamless high-speed global coverage provided through a single operator.
AirAsia Group CEO Tony Fernandes said, “Travelers today expect fast, reliable broadband wherever they are, whether it's on the ground or 30,000 feet in the air. GX Aviation's market-leading capabilities represent a step-change in inflight connectivity that allows us to close the gap between the on-ground and onboard experience. Our guests will be able to enjoy extra fast internet connectivity as well as free movies, music, articles and games on our ROKKI IFEC platform. Not only that, they can shop for meals, merchandise and duty-free from the comfort of their own seats, which also allows us to better understand what our guests want so we can continue to improve on our inflight offering.”
Malaysian Invasion Spirit In Motion (MISIM) is an initiative by Tune Talk with the objective of bringing more exposure to the Paralympic scene in Malaysia as well as to discover new talents at the grassroots level. MISIM recently received two ASEAN-level recognitions at the MARKETING ASEAN PR Awards 2017:
1. Silver for Best PR Campaign by an In-House Communications Team
2. Bronze for Best CSR Communications
SEPANG, 22 & 23 FEBRUARY 2017 – AirAsia X Berhad (“AAX”) and AirAsia Berhad (“AirAsia”) reported their financial results for the Fourth Quarter (“4Q16”) and Full Financial Year ended 31 December 2016.
AirAsia Group, consisting of AirAsia Berhad and associate airlines in Thailand, Indonesia, Philippines, India and Japan, posted combined revenue of RM12.02 billion for FY2016 compared to RM10.79 billion in the previous financial year. Operating profit for the group was reported at RM2.15 billion, up 24% from the previous year.
Meanwhile, AAX posted a quarterly revenue of RM1.17 billion, up 39% from the same quarter last year. The strong revenue recorded was on the back of a 40% year-on-year (“YoY”) growth in the number of passengers carried to 1.38 million, which was in line with the 44% Available Seat per Kilometre (“ASK”) capacity growth, allowing the Company to record a load factor of 81%.
JANUARY 9, 2017 – AirAsia has been given the prestigious title, “The Most Influential Airline in China” at the recent 2016 New Power of Travel Awards held in Continental Hotel Beijing, hosted by prominent Chinese web portals, Sina Travel and Youku Travel. AirAsia President of North Asia Kathleen Tan said, "We would like dedicate this award to our 1.3 million Sina Weibo followers and 300 million guests. We have built our Chinese social media channels as a one-stop shop for anyone who loves to travel and wishes to interact with AirAsia. This award would not be possible without their strong interaction, feedback and support, and the fact that it signifies the approval of Chinese netizens makes it so much more important to us.”
DECEMBER 9, 2016 – Tune Protect joined other giant brands in the country to become the first winners in the inaugural YouTube Malaysia Ads Awards 2016. Awarded the Best Animated Ad, the Tune Protect Bubble ad topped Milo and Digi to emerge winner of this prestigious title. The YouTube Malaysia Ads Awards 2016 honours the creators of the most outstanding videos from Malaysian brands and agencies in the past 12-months. In total, over 400 entries from 70 different brands competed for 10 award categories.
To watch the Tune Protect Bubble ad, please visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xISZY18npag
DECEMBER 3, 2016 – AirAsia has been named World’s Leading Low-Cost Airline for the fourth year in a row at the 23rd World Travel Awards (WTA) Grand Final here today. AirAsia also won the World's Leading Inflight Service title for the first time ever, beating full-service carriers Etihad Airways, Japan Airlines, Singapore Airlines, Thai Airways, Qantas Airways, Lufthansa, American Airlines and Air Canada. The win builds on AirAsia's success earlier this year when it secured Asia's Leading Inflight Service award from WTA for the first time. AirAsia Group CEO Tony Fernandes said, "What a thrill to win World’s Leading Low-Cost Airline for the fourth straight year. It's a great honour to round out what has been a great year for AirAsia, not just financially but in terms of recognition from the industry. "I’m also super proud of our first World’s Leading Inflight Service award. I've always said we have amazing crew and amazing inflight products, and we've proven it by beating not one, not two, not three, but eight full-service carriers for the prize. "But there's more to come. We're always working on more innovations, and not just for inflight. Right now, we are exploring ways to make the airport experience better. One thing we're looking at is fast-tracking guests who share their travel profile with immigration authorities. We expect to trial this at selected airports in Asean in the not-too-distant future, so keep an eye out for it."
NOVEMBER 18, 2016 – AirAsia has recently launched a mobile app for their AirAsia BIG Loyalty Programme and are rewarding users with a chance to win 25,000 AirAsia BIG Points. For more information, please visit http://app.airasiabig.com/
NOVEMBER 7, 2016 – AirAsia and AirAsia X staff have officially moved into its new corporate base called RedQ which is short for RedQuarters. The new corporate HQ in Malaysia, situated adjacent to KLIA2, will house up to 2,000 AirAsia Allstars (staff). The building was designed with Allstars in mind, prioritising cool spaces for Allstars to meet, mingle and get their creative juices flowing. Designed with an industrial aesthetic, this edgy space spans 18,000 sq metres and offers an open plan, with an atrium covered in astro turf where colourful beanbags beckon Allstars to kick up their heels – a nod to AirAsia’s casual and fun spirit – and themed meeting rooms inspired by destinations from the airline’s wide network. Meanwhile, the lounge offers spectacular views of the airline’s bright red birds taking off and landing. Datuk Kamarudin Meranun, AirAsia Berhad’s Executive Chairman, who is the Group CEO of AirAsia X Berhad, along with Tan Sri Tony Fernandes, Group CEO of AirAsia, Tan Sri Rafidah Aziz, AirAsia X Berhad Chairman, Aireen Omar, CEO of AirAsia Berhad, Benyamin Ismail, CEO of AirAsia X Berhad and respective board members were present to welcome all staff into the new building this morning. The AirAsia corporate office was based at Subang Airport in 2001, before moving to Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA), and then to the Low Cost Carrier Terminal (LCCT), its home for 10 years.
OCTOBER 31, 2016: AirAsia X Berhad is pleased to announce its operating statistics for the 3rd quarter 2016 (“3Q16”). Operating performance in 3Q16 has exceeded expectations despite huge capacity added during the quarter with a whopping 35% increase year-on-year (“YoY”) to 1.22 million on the number of passengers carried, exceeding capacity addition of 29%. Overall performance in 3Q16 signifies marked improvements in all areas compared to the same period last year despite huge capacity added. AirAsia X remains cautiously optimistic to ensure sustainable growth and strengthening its position in core markets going into 4Q16 as well as 2017.
OCTOBER 22, 2016: AirAsia co-founder and Group CEO Tan Sri Tony Fernandes has won the 2016 EY Asean Entrepreneurial Excellence Award for his contribution to the region. Tan Sri Tony Fernandes said, "It is a great honour to be recognised by EY. An entrepreneur is only as good as his people though and I would like to take this opportunity to thank the 17,000 AirAsia Allstars who made it all possible. Through their hard work and dedication, they help make our dream of bringing Asean closer together a reality." He added: "A strong, united Asean is so important for the people of the region, and individual member states may have to make some sacrifices for the greater good. We're on the right track with the common market, which recognises the need for the free flow capital, goods and labour. It's time we go further and push for a common visa for Asean as well as common ownership. We need more Asean brands to challenge established players in North Asia, Europe and the US, and we can only do that if we are allowed to pool our resources together."
OCTOBER 18, 2016: AirAsia has bagged top honours at the 2016 World Travel Awards (Asia and Australasia), winning the prestigious Asia's Leading Low-Cost Airline title for the fourth time. Asia's largest low-cost carrier by passengers carried and jet fleet was crowned the region's top budget airline, ahead of Jetstar Airways, West Air, GoAir, JetKonnect, Air India Express, Nok Air and FireFly. AirAsia also won Asia's Leading Inflight Service for the first time, beating a field of full-service carriers such as Japan Airlines, Korean Air, Cathay Pacific, Singapore Airlines, Malaysia Airlines, Garuda Indonesia, China Southern Airlines, Air India and Hong Kong Airlines. AirAsia has also been nominated in six categories in the global World Travel Awards that will be held in the Maldives in December and was also named World's Best Low-Cost Airline for the eighth year in a row at the 2016 Skytrax World Airline Awards in July. To watch a video of AirAsia at the award ceremony, please visit http://bit.ly/aawta2016
OCTOBER 4, 2016: AirAsia X recently celebrated its inaugural flight to paradise island Mauritius. The highly anticipated flight was 100% full with several VIP guests on board including His Excellency Mr Issop Pattel, High Commissioner of Mauritius to Malaysia; Tan Sri Rafidah Aziz, Chairman of AirAsia X Berhad; Datuk Kamarudin Meranun, Group CEO of AirAsia X; Dato' Fam Lee Ee, Board of Director for AirAsia X Berhad; Kathleen Tan, President of North Asia, AirAsia and Benyamin Ismail, CEO of AirAsia X Berhad. Benyamin Ismail, CEO of Airasia X Berhad said, “We’re very excited to be here today, charting a new continent on the route map of AirAsia X with a 100% full flight. The strong entry into this market has given us the confidence we need to grow this direct flight between Mauritius and Kuala Lumpur, operated exclusively by AirAsia X.”
OCTOBER 4, 2016: AirAsia recently announced its sponsorship of Korean drama, “On The Way to the Airport” by Korean Broadcasting System (KBS). The drama stars Lee Sang-Yoon and Kim Ha-Neul and explores the relationships of thirtysomethings working in the aviation industry, with the main characters depicted as an AirAsia pilot and cabin crew. All filming of scenes related to the aviation industry and scenes in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, were sponsored by AirAsia as well as Tourism Malaysia.
SEPTEMBER 20, 2016: Tune Protect recently teamed up with the National Council of St John Ambulance of Malaysia (St John) to recognise the spirit of volunteerism and compassion in celebration of Malaysia Day. Aimed at paying tribute to long-serving members of St John this collaboration hopes to showcase the importance of always staying protected even while performing community service to the public. To honour the selfless efforts of some of these long service volunteers, Tune Protect recently awarded St John with RM10 million worth in Personal Accident insurance coverage. This pro-social effort is closely aligned with the Tune Protect Bubble Campaign, which illustrates how comprehensive and reliable coverage creates a ‘bubble’ of protection against accidents and other untoward events.
SEPTEMBER 20, 2016: Epsom College in Malaysia (ECiM) recently took another step forward towards its vision to provide greater opportunities to deserving students with Tan Sri Dr Tony Fernandes launching the Tune Libra Scholarship. Consisting of a total pool of RM20 million, the Tune Libra Scholarship was established specifically to provide deserving Malaysian students the opportunity to pursue their studies at ECiM. The aim is to ensure that all students who deserve the best education have access to the facilities and world-class teaching at ECiM.
SEPTEMBER 19, 2016: Low-cost carrier AirAsia Bhd has revealed plans to bring forward the delivery of its new Airbus A320neo aircraft next year to cater for the growing demand of Asean air travel. Recently, AirAsia became the first airline in Southeast Asia to receive and operate the Airbus A320neo aircraft, which is powered by CFM International LEAP-1A engines. At the aircraft welcoming ceremony, Airbus executive vice-president Kiran Rao said airlines could reduce fuel consumption by 15 per cent and lower their maintenance costs further with the Airbus A320neo.
To watch the Airbus A320neo welcoming ceremony, please visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FrWYjkvcw3g
SEPTEMBER 6, 2016: In collaboration with AirAsia, Tune Group of Companies recently participated in Google Ignite Malaysia. Google Ignite is a training-to-internship program aimed at empowering students with marketing skills on Google platforms. The successful event attracted over 5,000 students and school leavers.
JULY 28, 2016: Tune Hotels Group has newly opened Tune Hotel Nairobi strategically located in the suburb of Westlands nearby the city’s central business district and Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. The room configuration spreads across 11 floors offering something for every kind of traveller, with double, twin, triple, and family rooms featuring Hypnos beds. Travellers are spoilt for choice for dining selections from restaurants to shops to rooftop bars and lounge for both take-away and dine-in. For more information, please visit http://www.tunehotels.com/my/en/our-hotels/nairobi/
JULY 18, 2016: Tune Protect Group Bhd has appointed Razman Hafidz Abu Zarim as its new chief executive officer effective July 15, 2016. Prior to this, Razman sat on the Board of Tune Protect as chairman and independent non-executive director. "I am excited for this opportunity to lead Tune Protect, steering ourselves closer to becoming the digital insurer of choice. I am spurred by the confidence of the board and regulators in my ability to bring Tune Protect to its full potential," Razman said. Meanwhile, independent director of the board Ng Siek Chuan assumes the role of acting chairman in the interim, until Tune Protect appoints a new independent chairman.
JUNE 20, 2016: Tune Insurance was awarded Top Overall Performance for 2015, 1st Place by PERODUA. The prestigious recognition was given at the recent PERODUA National Insurance Hi-Tea 2016 event.
JUNE 15, 2016: Tune Protect won the prestigious Gold Award in the recent 2016 Malaysia Media Awards ceremony for the best use of ABC Audited Newspaper/Magazine category. The award was given in recognition of their innovative zip lock advertisement in The Sun newspaper in conjunction with the launch of their Tune Protect brand name.
JUNE 3, 2016: AGMs of AirAsia and AirAsia X were held on May 31, 2016.
MAY 23, 2016: roKKi has launched free inflight entertainment on AirAsia, adding video streaming to its host of services on the inflight roKKi portal. Guests can now enjoy access to videos, destination guides, the hot meals menu, BIG Duty Free shopping catalogue plus a chance to win attractive prizes during their travels. For more information, please visit www.rokki.com or Like www.fb.com/rokki.
APRIL 28, 2016: Tune Group was awarded the Malaysia Book of Records based on the most service centres.