AirAsia is working with Malaysia Volunteer Fire and Rescue Association (MVFRA), to transport relief items to Kota Kinabalu for the on-going rescue effort of the recent Sabah earthquake, with the first batch dispatched on Sunday evening following the earthquake on Friday morning 5th June 2015.
Over the following few days further assistance apart from the carrying of rescue supplies and blankets to the carriage of rescue workers as needed has been provided.
AirAsia has a commendable record of helping out when disasters have struck, both locally and across the region with the most recent prior to this being the earthquake in Nepal at the end of April 2015.
AirAsia was at the forefront of relief efforts in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines (2013), Asian Tsunami (2004), Cyclone Nargis in Myanmar (2008) and Typhoon Nesat in the Philippines (2011), including fund-raising initiatives in aid of rehabilitation efforts after the Sichuan earthquake (2008) and the earthquake and subsequent tsunami in Fukushima, Japan (2011) and Malaysian floods (2015).
The airline has also supported the recovery of Bali, Indonesia, after the terrorist bombings in 2005, by giving away 12,000 free seats on its flights. It mounted rescue flights from Bangkok to Kuala Lumpur in November 2008 to help people stranded by the closing of the airport in Bangkok. Similar rescue efforts were extended in Padang and Jakarta in October 2009 to help those affected by the 7.6- magnitude earthquake that hit Sumatra island.