AirAsia and Universal Music launch RedRecords
Kuala Lumpur, 6th December 2019 – AirAsia Group and Universal Music Group (UMG), the world leader in music-based entertainment, launched RedRecords, an innovative new label partnership focused on signing, developing and breaking new Asian artists and elevating ‘A-Pop’ globally to new audiences around the world using UMG’s experience in artist development and AirAsia’s regional and global marketing strength.
Hassan Choudhury, Head of Music for AirAsia Group, will take on the role of CEO of RedRecords. RedRecords will focus on discovering and developing talent from Southeast Asia with management and agency services while distributing and marketing Asian music culture. Their marquee first signing is Thai sensation Jannine Weigel, who has released several singles and Eps and has millions of followers on social media.
Tony Fernandes, CEO of AirAsia Group, Sir Lucian Grainge, Chairman & CEO of UMG, Adam Granite, EVP of Market Development of UMG, and Hassan Choudhury, Head of Music for AirAsia Group and CEO of RedRecords, all voiced their excitement over the new partnership to develop Asia’s musical talent using the strengths of both teams, and their belief that like the Latin and K-Pop genres, A-Pop will find a global audience. Jannine Weigel, Thai pop-artist and influencer, was proud to be the first artist to sign with RedRecords and looked forward to the future of her career.
AirAsia wins two awards at the World Travel Awards Grand Final
Muscat, 29th November 2019 – AirAsia was named World’s Leading Low-Cost Airline for the seventh consecutive year at the 26th World Travel Awards Grand Final, one of the most prestigious honours programmes in the global tourism industry. Additionally, they won the World’s Leading Low-Cost Airline Cabin Crew award for the third consecutive year.
Tony Fernandes, AirAsia Group CEO, expressed their excitement over being recognised by their peers and customers and stated the awards were a testament to AirAsia’s dedication to excellence and continued growth while thanking their Allstars and cabin crew. Suhaila Hassan, AirAsia Group Head of Cabin Crew, who received both awards on behalf of AirAsia and the cabin crew, voiced her gratitude for the awards and reflected on AirAsia’s rapid growth as well as the continued passion of their Allstar colleagues. Graham E Cooke, World Travel Awards Founder, expressed his admiration for AirAsia’s dedication to improving their services and setting benchmarks for low-cost aviation in Asia and beyond, and was delighted that they won their awards.
Teleport expands into Europe with new Lufthansa Cargo agreement
Sepang, 21st November 2019 – Teleport, AirAsia’s cargo and logistics platform, recently signed a direct interline agreement with leading air cargo provider Lufthansa Cargo. This is part of Teleport’s drive to build direct partnerships with other airlines.
Through the interline agreement, Teleport customers will gain access to Lufthansa Cargo space on Lufthansa flights. This will provide stable and reliable global reach and market access for customers across ASEAN and Europe to promote trade and e-commerce.
This long term partnership aims to open up more than 300 destinations in 100 countries for Teleport customers and AirAsia’s network of over 150 destinations in Asia Pacific for Lufthansa Cargo customers.
Pete Chareonwongsak, CEO of Teleport, expressed that they looked forward to working together with Lufthansa Cargo in their longstanding strategic partnership. J. Florian Pfaff, Vice President of Lufthansa Cargo Asia Pacific, shared the sentiment and expressed confidence that the partnership will strengthen their market presence where Lufthansa is not currently serving.
AirAsia Expands Offerings To Include Other Airlines Online
Sepang, 15th November 2019 – AirAsia has partnered with leading travel technology company Kiwi.com and expanded its online offerings to include flights from other airlines, transforming airasia.com into Asia Pacific’s leading travel and lifestyle platform.
Over 50 million airasia.com users may now book travel on over 100 airlines to destinations currently not served by AirAsia, including Europe, Australia, New Zealand, the Middle East and the Americas.
airasia.com CEO Tony Fernandes said, “Today is an unbelievable day. When we started AirAsia as a low-cost airline back in 2001, I never thought one day we would be selling our competitors. But if there’s one thing I’ve learned, it’s never say never. Never say never and believe the unbelievable. Today, with the help of Kiwi.com, we are reinventing ourselves as more than just an airline, bringing to life our vision for airasia.com to be the region’s one-stop travel shop.”
Rajiv Kumar, airasia.com Head of Airline Distribution, added that they were exploring opportunities to partner directly with airlines and companies who compliment their existing network and travel services beyond Asia Pacific. Oliver Dlouhý, Kiwi.com CEO, expressed his pride that Kiwi.com was chosen to open AirAsia’s travel platform to the rest of the world.
Tune Hotel klia2 Is Asia’s Best Airport Hotel 2019
Kuala Lumpur, Phu Quoc, 12th October 2019 – Tune Hotel klia2, which is part of the Ormond Group, won the “Asia’s Leading Airport Hotel 2019” award at the 2019 World Travel Awards™ held in Phu Quoc, Vietnam, recognised globally as a hallmark of travel, tourism and hospitality industry excellence.
It won the award over other respected international hotel groups including South Korea’s Grand Hyatt Incheon and the Hong Kong Marriott Airport Hotel, the former 6-time champion. Additionally, Tune Hotel klia2 was nominated in the “World’s Leading Airport Hotel 2019” category alongside international brands like Hilton London Heathrow Airport, Millennium Airport Hotel Dubai and Parkroyal Melbourne Airport.
Tune Hotels CEO Navin Singh stated that the award validated their goal to make airport hotels more than a functional space, and was thankful and humbled that their efforts were recognised by guests who voted for them.
Tune Hotel klia2 replicates the brand’s new approach to guest experience. Its rejuvenation started in February 2017 with the introduction of new premium rooms and all-day dining restaurant, MAKAN. It was complemented by MINUM sports bar, a chic minimalist spa – REHAT, and a bodega style Grab & Go. To give the hotel a sense of place, artwork from Malaysian and regional artists, on loan from private collections, hang on its walls. All of this connects to a 24/7 open-air courtyard perfect for transit travelers frequenting the KLIA and klia2 Terminals. Specifically, for transit travelers, Tune Hotel klia2 has created various packages which include a VIP Fast Track Pass. Tune Hotel klia2 is a certified green building highlighting our commitment to sustainable building design and operations.
Ormond Group CEO, Gareth Lim said that since its inception, the Tune Hotels experience has always been based on 5 key promises to its guests: free high-speed wifi, super comfy beds, hot power showers, clean rooms and 24 hour security. The experience at Tune Hotel klia2 has been elevated by introducing great design and guest experience to appeal to even the most discerning of global travelers.
Teleport and Gobi invest US$10.6M in EasyParcel to grow Asean social and e-commerce
Kuala Lumpur, 16th July 2019 – Teleport, AirAsia’s rebranded cargo and logistics platform, and leading venture capital firm Gobi Partners invested US$10.6M in regional e-commerce and parcel delivery player, EasyParcel.
EasyParcel will use the funding to expand offerings for SME customers, leveraging Teleport’s logistics and infrastructure capabilities across over 100 cities, 10,000 weekly AirAsia flights, and 1,000,000+ tonnes of cargo capacity. This will enhance their mission to address last-mile delivery challenges.
Tony Fernandes, CEO of AirAsia Group, and Pete Chareonwongsak, CEO of Teleport, stated the potential of collaborating with the startup community and using AirAsia’s logistics in making the Asean social and e-commerce ecosystem more accessible for people, especially SMEs. They and Thomas G Tsao, Gobi Partners Chairman and Founding Partner, expressed their pride in co-investing into EasyParcel, citing their potential to develop and streamline e-commerce in the entire region for customers using logistics services, which will further benefit existing logistics investments such as Deliveree and Zoom. Clarence Leong, EasyParcel Founder and CEO, voiced his gratitude for the collaboration of the investors in their Series B.
The investments were funded by Teleport’s retained earnings and Gobi Partner’s Meranti Asean Growth Fund.
AirAsia wins 11th consecutive World’s Best Low-Cost Airline award at Skytrax
Le Bourget, 18th June 2019 – AirAsia won World’s Best Low-Cost Airline for the 11th consecutive year at the Skytrax World Airline Awards 2019, a global benchmark of airline excellence. They were also awarded Asia’s Best Low-Cost Airline and World’s Best Low-Cost Airline Premium Cabin for their Premium Flatbed, available on widebody long-haul AirAsia X aircraft.
They accepted the awards at the Paris International Air Show. The results were decided by a survey of 21.65 million customers of 100 nationalities reviewing over 300 airlines.
AirAsia Group Berhad Executive Chairman Datuk Kamarudin Meranun expressed that it was an honour to be recognised for providing low-cost travel through direct feedback and thanked the team for their commitment and service.
AirAsia X Berhad Chairman Tan Sri Rafidah Aziz also thanked their team of Allstars and announced that AirAsia intends to introduce the Airbus A330neo to provide better inflight comfort to their customers.
RedCargo and GD Express Announce New Regional Partnership
Sepang, 29th March 2019 – RedCargo Logistics, AirAsia’s cargo and logistics platform, announced their new strategic partnership with GD Express (GDEX), Malaysia’s leading express delivery provider, which begins on 1 April 2019.
GDEX customers will have access to AirAsia’s extensive network of over 5,000 weekly flights across Asia Pacific for more efficient deliveries. To build their customer base, RedCargo Logistics will be given opportunities to explore last-mile capabilities.
RedCargo Logistics CEO Pete Chareonwongsak stated their intention to align with partners to promote regional e-commerce growth, and thanked the GDEX team for their cooperation in capitalising on this opportunity as a homegrown Malaysian brand and for their confidence in RedCargo Logistics.
GDEX CEO Teong Teck Lean was proud of the opportunity to work with RedCargo Logistics to improve connectivity with their focus on customer satisfaction and flexibility. He thanked RedCargo Logistics for partnering with them to serve the community, and expressed GDEX’s ambition to become one of the ASEAN region’s foremost express companies.