For the second year in a row, AirAsia was announced the ‘World’s Leading Low Cost Airline’ in a ceremony held in Anguilla on 7th December 2014.
Executive Chairman and Co-Founder of AirAsia, Datuk Kamarudin Meranun received the award from Graham Cooke, President of World Travel Awards at the Grand Finale of the World Travel Awards 2014 beating out ten other nominees.
The World Travel Awards are considered by the travel industry as their ‘Oscar’ equivalent and are awarded to companies, organisations and brands which continue to raise the level of industry excellence, as recognised by voting from travel professionals from around the world.
When accepting the award, in which the airline competed with other nominees airberlin, easyJet, flydubai, JetBlue Airways, Jetstar Airways, Kulula, Mango, Norwegian, Ryanair and also Southwest Airlines, Datuk Kamarudin Meranun said, “We are humbled and grateful to receive this recognition for the second consecutive year. This award will never be possible without the hard work, passion, dedication and creativity of our 15,000 AirAsia Allstars. Each and every one of them should be proud that their commitment to the airline has once again put AirAsia on the world map.”
He further commented “It is indeed an honour to be recognised globally, and we are taking this win as a renewal of our commitment in creating a great travel experience for our guests. This year, we increased and enhanced our Fly-Thru connections with over 858 connections available throughout our network; launched our Premium Flex service, offering business travellers with flexibility of flights; launched our low-cost Wi-Fi on board, and are ready to launch our AirAsia Asean Pass, which is designed to integrate the Asean community – these are just a few of the constant innovations that we work hard to bring to our guests. We will continue to innovate and better serve our markets,” added Datuk Kamarudin Meranun.
This World Travel award follows on from AirAsia’s award of ‘Asia’s Leading Low Cost Airline’ announced in October at the World Travel Awards (Asia & Australasia) Gala 2014.
AirAsia also holds the title of Asia’s Best and World’s Best Low Cost Airline awarded by Skytrax for six consecutive years from 2009 to 2014.