There has been a lot happening with Air Asia lately. And this comes as no surprise since the airline has always been in the habit of making the headlines. Ever since the amazing turnaround that the airline was subjected to, following the takeover by Tune Air Sdn Bhd, another company managed by the dashing Tony Fernandes, it has always managed to stay in the news for all the right reasons.
The year 2012 has been a mixed one for the airline so far. While there has been a lot of good news that has come in, there has also been some bad news in. Now when an operation is the size that Air Asia operates there is bound to be some negatives, but even more important is the fact that some decisions have been taken after realizing the importance of the overall health of the airline.
The only negative news that Air Asia passengers have had to bear with is the discontinuation of some services of the airline in the Indian and European markets. The Indian cities of New Delhi and Mumbai will see a dearth of flights by the airline while London and Paris too, join the list of destinations that have either seen a cut down or a complete suspension of flights. There are a various number of reasons associated with this decision of the airline and all of them seem justified when one sees the larger scheme of things.
Apart from this, everything has been hunky dory with the airline. The Skytrax World Airline Awards 2012 held in Farnborough in the United Kingdom once again proved that Air Asia is truly among the best operations in the world today. For the fourth time in a row, the airline has been bestowed with the title of the World’s Best Low Cost Airline. This is a tremendous achievement by any standard and the wonderful management of Air Asia, the entire operational staff, as well as the staff of every department has worked really hard to make the airline what it is today, and do so every day, and it is awards like these that keep them going. There was also another award in line as the airline was also named as the Best Low Cost Airline in Asia.
In another development, the airline was also reported to be in talks with Airbus over the requirement of new aircraft in the next few years. The talk of placing orders for new aircraft clearly outlines the plan for continual growth that the airline has always had.
For all these reasons and more, Air Asia is one of the most successful airlines in the world today and a perfect example of how even a low cost model can prove to be a tremendous success.
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