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AirAsia to emerge stronger from pandemic, says Fernandes

Jul 09, 2020 - 11:05 PM

'This will not go on forever. We will come out stronger,' says AirAsia CEO Tony Fernandes

AirAsia boss Tony Fernandes speaks to Agence France-Presse during an interview at his office in Kuala Lumpur on July 9, 2020. - AirAsia boss Tony Fernandes insisted on July 9 the top budget carrier would emerge "stronger" from the coronavirus pandemic despite a warning about its future, and said the airline was hopeful of raising massive amounts of cash. (Photo by Mohd RASFAN / AFP) / TO GO WITH Malaysia-aviation-AirAsia, INTERVIEW by M. Jegathesan

AirAsia's future in doubt due to virus; share price tumbles

Jul 08, 2020 - 10:50 PM

AirAsia's shares crash and finish down 17.5% on Wednesday, July 8, as auditor Ernst & Young says the Malaysian airline's future is in 'significant doubt'

AIRASIA DEAL. Under the Philippine government's agreement with AirAsia, all official domestic travels of government employees will be granted discounts. File photo from AFP

AirAsia's Fernandes returns as boss after Airbus probe

Mar 20, 2020 - 7:30 PM

Tony Fernandes and Kamarudin Meranun are reinstated to their executive positions following an independent review of AirAsia's aircraft procurement

CONTROVERSY. In this file photo taken on March 12, 2015, AirAsia Group chief executive officer Tony Fernandes speaks at a press conference in Sydney. Photo by Peter Parks/AFP

AirAsia's Tony Fernandes steps aside amid Airbus bribery probe

Feb 04, 2020 - 7:35 PM

AirAsia Group chief executive officer Tony Fernandes will relinquish his post for two months, but denies any wrongdoing

CONTROVERSY. In this file photo taken on March 12, 2015, AirAsia Group chief executive officer Tony Fernandes speaks at a press conference in Sydney. Photo by Peter Parks/AFP

Despite regional challenges, AirAsia pushes IPO of Philippine unit

May 17, 2018 - 5:34 PM

Tony Fernandes, chief of Southeast Asia's largest low-cost carrier, says the Philippines is the airline's 'best kept secret,' with a lot of destinations waiting to be recognized

STRONG PERFORMER. AirAsia Group head Tony Fernandes: 'The Philippines is our best kept secret and we're about to open that.' Photo by Chrisee Dela Paz/Rappler

Raline Shah diangkat jadi Direktur Air Asia Indonesia

Aug 08, 2017 - 8:35 AM

Kabar bergabungnya Raline dengan Air Asia diumumkan lewat akun Instagram Tony Fernandes

DIREKTUR. CEO Air Asia, Tony Fernandes, mengumumkan bergabungnya Raline Shah sebagai Direktur Air Asia Indonesia. Foto dari akun Instagram @tonyfernandes

PH AirAsia plans to go public in 2017 for fleet expansion

Apr 03, 2017 - 12:00 AM

The local airline wants to increase its fleet from 14 to 17 jets to accommodate new operations

GOING PUBLIC. The budget carrier is mulling to go public to raise funds for its expansion programs. File photo by Rappler

PLDT Smart SME Nation: Using digital to build opportunities for local businesses

Jan 29, 2016 - 5:39 PM

The digital evolution has disrupted the way global businesses work In the PH it can empower the massive industry of MSMEs

Setahun tragedi AirAsia QZ8501, keluarga pasrah tapi ada yang menyesalkan

Dec 28, 2015 - 8:36 PM

Keluarga korban AirAsia QZ8501 menerima nasib tapi ada yang mengatakan pihak maskapai tak memerdulikan keselamatan penumpang

Keluarga korban AirAsia QZ8501 menunggu di Bandara Juanda, Surabaya, saat proses evakuasi penumpang, pada 28 Desember 2014. Foto oleh Juni Kriswanto/AFP

Poe’s case, Binay dummies, FEU wins UAAP 78 | 6PM wRap

Dec 02, 2015 - 8:32 PM

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AirAsia cancels flights, denies pilot revolt to blame

Dec 02, 2015 - 7:09 PM

AirAsia founder Tony Fernandes says flu epidemic among pilots is what caused canceled flights on day AirAsia crash report was released

PILOT REVOLT? Canceled flights trigger rumours that pilots are unhappy with conditions in AirAsia. Photo by AFP

Poor pilot emergency training to blame for AirAsia crash: analysts

Dec 02, 2015 - 2:48 PM

This will have a detrimental impact on AirAsia as a whole

Pilots were said to have risked vertigo by flying at 500-1000 feet above sea water for many hours until they found debris and bodies.  Photo by AFP

CEO AirAsia Tony Fernandes: Industri penerbangan harus belajar dari insiden QZ8501

Dec 01, 2015 - 5:13 PM

Banyak yang bisa AirAsia pelajari dari pengalaman ini begitu pula industri penerbangan Kami akan memastikan industri belajar dari insiden tragis ini kata Tony Fernandes

AIR ASIA. Pemilik Air Asia Tony Fernandes. Foto oleh Rappler

AirAsia boss Tony Fernandes on crash probe: 'We will not leave any stone unturned'

Dec 01, 2015 - 4:58 PM

In a series of tweets Fernandes responds to the results of the investigation that blamed system error and crew action

'SCARS.' CEO of AirAsia Tony Fernandes attending a funeral ceremony for Khairunisa Haidar Fauzi, a flight attendant onboard AirAsia flight QZ8501, in Palembang, on Jan. 2. File photo by AFP

Losses in Indonesia drag down AirAsia revenue

Nov 26, 2015 - 11:21 PM

The company s Indonesian operations Indonesia AirAsia IAA took a hit with a drop in passengers and revenue fell by 14

LOSSES. AirAsia reports losses in the 3rd quarter. File photo by EPA

APEC 2015: Micro enterprises, innovation take center stage

Nov 17, 2015 - 9:00 PM

The people behind AirAsia Asia Society Care com Uber and other innovative thinkers share their thoughts with budding entrepreneurs at the 2015 APEC SME summit

APEC 2015: AirAsia banks on Philippines after first airliner disaster

Nov 17, 2015 - 8:30 PM

We will keep discovering new places and new things It is a challenge here but there is big prize at the end of the day in the Philippines AirAsia Group CEO Tony Fernandes says on the sidelines of APEC2015

HIGHEST LOAD FACTOR. 'We are optimistic. [In terms] of passenger traffic, the Philippines is actually the best,' Tony Fernandes of AirAsia says. Photos by Rob Reyes/Rappler

Why Asian tycoons invest in sports

Oct 15, 2015 - 8:00 PM

Investing in football clubs and sports itself is pretty new for Asian entrepreneurs but I think it can be pretty profitable contrary to what many people think says billionaire Vincent Tan

TAKING CHARGE. Berjaya founder Vincent Tan (seen here at the Forbes Global CEO Conference 2015), is among the high profile Asia-based tycoons who have taken over global sports teams. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

AirAsia profit down on higher costs, weak ringgit

Aug 21, 2015 - 11:27 AM

AirAsia chief Tony Fernandes says demand from Chinese travelers and favorable fuel costs set a good year end for the company

LOSS. Loss-making AirAsia X, the long-haul arm of AirAsia, posts on August 19 a net loss of MYR132.94 million ($31.92 million). File photo from Agence France-Presse / Eric Piermont

AirAsia Zest sets aside Europe plans, focuses on profitability

Jul 02, 2015 - 9:36 AM

Improving the balance sheet removing past liabilities and earning a profit are the priorities of AirAsia Zest this year

PROFIT BEFORE EUROPE. AirAsia Zest CEO Joy Caneba says offering flights to Europe is “not in [her airline’s] immediate plans” but is "definitely something we’re on the lookout for."

AirAsia: PH unit to be profitable in Q4; IPO in 2018

May 29, 2015 - 5:35 PM

AirAsia s Philippine unit is seen to go public in 2018 as it continues to remain cash positive this quarter Group CEO Tony Fernandes says

RENEWED OPTIMISM. "Philippines is already showing good growth numbers and we are targeting for the associate to be profitable in the fourth quarter of the year," CEO Tony Fernandes says. File photo by Agence France-Presse

AirAsia PH to be profitable in Q2 2015, think tank says

May 07, 2015 - 10:00 PM

After incurring losses in its first 3 years the Philippine unit of AirAsia Berhad will likely be profitable this quarter the Center for Asia Pacific Aviation says

AirAsia plans $300 mn IPO for Indonesia unit in 2016

Apr 20, 2015 - 9:19 PM

The crash of flight QZ8501 in Indonesia in December has done little to dim the airline s ambitions

AirAsia Indonesia aircraft. File photo by EPA

AirAsia Philippines eyes initial public offering

Apr 13, 2015 - 7:53 PM

UPDATED The budget carrier’s rivals – PAL Holdings Incorporated and Cebu Air Incorporated – are being traded at the Philippine Stock Exchange

Aquino on BOI report, Jabidah massacre anniversary, Pacquiao-Mayweather ‘couch dance’ | The wRap

Mar 18, 2015 - 8:16 PM

The BOI chief says the President was “hurt” over the Mamasapano report Filipino Muslims commemorate the Jabidah Massacre Pacquiao or Mayweather could get “couch dances for life”

AirAsia 'not giving up' but hunt for bodies drawing to close

Mar 12, 2015 - 2:20 PM

60 bodies have yet to be found including the captain

RETRIEVAL. In this file photo, Indonesian rescuers inspect body bags of victims of crashed AirAsia flight QZ8501 on board of the Navy's war ship KRI Banda Aceh at sea off Pangkalan Bun, Central Kalimantan, Indonesia, 23 January 2015. Photo from EPA

After plane crash, AirAsia bounces back with travel pass offer

Feb 23, 2015 - 9:05 PM

Holders of the AirAsia Asean Pass and the AirAsia Asean Pass can avail of flights at a fixed rate to over 148 routes across all 10 ASEAN countries

Malfunction forces AirAsia X to abort flight, turn back – CEO

Feb 08, 2015 - 6:03 PM

UPDATED The incident sparked fresh questions on social media about the Malaysian airline s safety record as it struggles in the aftermath of the loss of Flight QZ8501

In this file photo, an AirAsia X Airbus A340 jetliner is greeted upon its landing at Paris' Orly airport on February 14, 2011. Eric Piermont/AFP

AirAsia to surmount crisis, analysts say

Jan 11, 2015 - 2:41 PM

The airline s handling of the crisis is an excellent case which contrasts the still unsolved disappearance of Malaysia Airline s flight MH370 according to aviation experts

This picture taken on February 15, 2012 shows an AirAsia airplane is flying over the Sukarno-Hatta airport in Tangerang. Adek Berry/AFP

2014: Worst year in Asia?

Jan 06, 2015 - 8:11 AM

2014 was clearly a not so good year for democracy in Asia

AirAsia's Fernandes: Latest flight incident 'not stalled engine'

Jan 05, 2015 - 7:07 AM

It s not that the engine failed The plane wanted to take off but the APU auxiliary power unit which is the equipment that helped to start the engine suddenly shut down

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First AirAsia bodies arrive as bad weather stalls recovery

Dec 31, 2014 - 7:12 PM

The bodies are taken from an air force plane to a military ambulance for transport to a hospital for examination and identification but many exhausted families are left waiting for news as bad weather hampered search efforts

Indonesian military personnel carry coffins of victims recovered from the ill-fated Malaysian air carrier AirAsia flight QZ8501, upon their arrival at the military airbase in Surabaya, East Java on December 31, 2014 after being flown in from Pangkalan Bun, the town with the nearest airstrip to the crash site in Central Kalimantan. AFP PHOTO / JUNI KRISWANTO

Pencarian AirAsia QZ8501: Pertunjukan kepemimpinan

Dec 30, 2014 - 11:57 PM

Tiga hari berhasil menemukan petunjuk dan memulai evakuasi tercepat dalam sejarah SAR pesawat Saatnya mendorong regulasi yang menjamin keselamatan penerbangan

Presiden Jokowi mengadakan konferensi pers di pusat krisis Bandara Juanda, Surabaya. Foto oleh Manan Vatsyayana/AFP

AirAsia boss says crash 'worst nightmare'

Dec 30, 2014 - 11:26 PM

It s an experience I never dreamt of happening and it s probably an airline CEO s worst nightmare Fernandes said

AirAsia Group chief executive officer Tony Fernandes waits prior to attending a press conference concerning missing AirAsia flight QZ8501 at the crisis-center set up at Juanda International Airport in Surabaya on Dec. 29, 2014. Photo by Manan Vatsyayana/AFP

'Is it a curse?' Prayers for missing AirAsia plane

Dec 29, 2014 - 3:24 PM

Nine months after Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 disappeared followed by the shooting down of MH17 the latest disappearance is the third crisis for a Malaysian airline this year

012. A relative shows a picture of alleged passengers who were travelling on missing Malaysian air carrier AirAsia flight QZ8501 on her mobile phone screen at the airport in Surabaya, East Java, on December 28, 2014. Photo by Juni Kriswanto/AFP

AirAsia shares hit in Malaysia after jet loss

Dec 29, 2014 - 10:58 AM

2ND UPDATE But an expert says investors and creditors will remain firmly behind AirAsia which has grown to become Asia s most successful budget airline

AIRASIA. This picture taken on February 15, 2012 shows an AirAsia airplane flying over the Sukarno-Hatta airport in Tangerang. Adek Berry/AFP

Flamboyant AirAsia boss confronts first major crisis

Dec 28, 2014 - 8:37 PM

The ebullient tycoon is one of Asia s most visible entrepreneurs carving out an image that has seen him frequently compared to colorful Virgin Group chairman Richard Branson

FAST FACTS: AirAsia

Dec 28, 2014 - 2:46 PM

AirAsia has no major accident or plane crash on record up until the disappearance of flight QZ8501 on Sunday

This picture taken on February 15, 2012 shows an AirAsia airplane is flying over the Sukarno-Hatta airport in Tangerang. Adek Berry/AFP

'Not again': Prayers, sadness over missing AirAsia plane

Dec 28, 2014 - 2:17 PM

Malaysia based AirAsia changes its logo from bright red to gray

Screenshots from Facebook

AirAsia to move 3 international flights to NAIA3

Sep 11, 2014 - 11:40 AM

Budget carrier AirAsia will take advantage of the newly rehabilitated NAIA3 terminal

MANILA-BOUND. AirAsia flights will be from its new hub in Manila following decision to downsize operations in Clark. File photo by KD Suarez/Rappler

AirAsia gets partners for budget airline in Japan

Jul 02, 2014 - 10:38 AM

Domestic and international flights of the airline’s unit in Japan are expected to start summer of 2015

THE SECOND TIME AROUND. AirAsia Group Chief Executive Officer Tony Fernandes said he is more confident than ever that AirAsia will continue to realize its vision to revolutionize the low-cost carrier segment of Japan.

AirAsia Philippines gears up for 2016 re-fleeting program

May 25, 2014 - 3:01 PM

Air Asia CEO Tony Fernandes is bullish on the Philippines growth potential

AirAsia's logo.

PH on open skies: Not yet, Manila congested

May 23, 2014 - 7:21 AM

The Finance chief says infrastructure bottlenecks must be addressed first

MOVING OUT. Some foreign airlines are moving to the NAIA Terminal 3 from Terminal 1 as part of efforts to ease congestion in the main Manila airport. File photo by AFP/Jay Directo

Better 'branding' needed for ASEAN, says AirAsia CEO

May 22, 2014 - 8:14 PM

What does ASEAN mean to any person out on the street in Makati right now? Probably zero AirAsia CEO Tony Fernandes says

AirAsia's CEO Tony Fernandes on economic integration in ASEAN

May 22, 2014 - 7:37 PM

AirAsia CEO Tony Fernandes talks to Rappler about economic integration in the ASEAN

Malaysia to open new budget airport in MH370 shadow

Apr 30, 2014 - 1:30 PM

The new Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 budget terminal will begin operations May 2 with an initial 56 flights

AirAsia PH to refund passengers

Sep 14, 2013 - 10:22 AM

AirAsia Philippines offers to refund passengers affected by move to suspend Clark flights

GOOD TIMES. AirAsia and Clark airport officials pour champagne on newly arrived Airbus A320 passenger aircraft on August 15, 2011. File Photo by AFP

Clark Airport supports AirAsia's move to NAIA

Sep 13, 2013 - 5:08 PM

Clark International Airport s president says he supports the move of AirAsia which is its biggest locator to move its hub to Manila

GOOD TIMES. AirAsia and Clark airport officials pour champagne on newly arrived Airbus A320 passenger aircraft on August 15, 2011. File Photo by AFP

AirAsia PH moves to Manila from Clark

Sep 13, 2013 - 3:48 PM

AirAsia s decision to move to congested NAIA and leave Clark which fits its business model of locating in secondary airports is months and millions of dollars in the making

MANILA-BOUND. AirAsia flights will be from its new hub in Manila following decision to downsize operations in Clark. File photo by KD Suarez/Rappler

How Jonathan Yabut won 'Apprentice Asia'

Aug 09, 2013 - 8:50 PM

Yabut broke barriers for Filipinos worldwide by becoming the first Asian Apprentice

WINNING MIND, WINNING HEART. Like a true and proud Filipino, 'The Apprentice Asia' winner Jonathan Yabut puts his whole being into his work and his other dreams. Photo by Kai Magsanoc/Rappler