Our History

Discover our humble beginnings and our journey as we soar to greater heights.

Our early days

1993

2005

1993

8 Sep 1993

AirAsia is established, founded by government-owned conglomerate, DRB-Hicom

1996

18 Nov 1996

AirAsia begins operations

2001

8 Sep 2001

Tony Fernandes and Datuk Kamarudin Meranun purchase AirAsia for RM1. Tune Air Sdn Bhd signs Sales & Purchase Agreement with DRB-Hicom, acquiring 99.25% of Hicom Holdings’ equity in AirAsia, amounting to 51.68 million shares for RM1 (USD 0.28)

8 Dec 2001

Tune Air officially takes over AirAsia

Dec 2001

9M-AAB encounters a bird strike en route Kuala Lumpur-Kuching. Our only other remaining aircraft, 9M-AAA flies 24-hours non-stop for 7-10 days to avoid any flight cancellations

2002

6 Jan 2002

AirAsia’s third Boeing 737-300, 9M-AAC, is flown from the US to the Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport in Subang in our first iconic red and white AirAsia livery

15 Jan 2002

AirAsia announces rebrand and relaunch as a “low fares no frills” airline in conjunction with the announcement of “New Fares New Destinations” to Penang and Kota Bharu. The two new destinations and inaugural flights were launched by Malaysian artistes, the late Tan Sri SM Salim, Amy (Search), Hattan and Camelia.

21 Jan 2002

Transport Minister, YB Datuk Seri Dr Ling Liong Sik launches AirAsia’s new livery on 9M-AAC, our third Boeing 737-300 at a blessing ceremony

4 Feb 2002

Team AirAsia unifies by moving into one office at Asia Pacific Auction Centre (APAC), Subang (from the DRB-Hicom Berhad office in Glenmarie, Shah Alam)

1 Mar 2002

AirAsia becomes the first airline to enable credit card payments for telephone bookings made through its Call Centre

5 Mar 2002

Minister of Culture, Arts & Tourism, YB Dato’ Paduka Abdul Kadir bin Haji Sheikh Fadzir officiates and sends off AirAsia’s flight to Penang. The State Executive Councillor for Tourism, Cultural, Arts and Women’s Development Committee (Penang), YB Dato’ Kee Phaik Cheen receives the arrival at the Penang Airport

1 Apr 2002

AirAsia’s new Nationwide Call Centre is set up, and moves to the Kelana Square Centre from DRB-Hicom Building

18 Apr 2002

AirAsia becomes Asia’s first airline to go ticketless

10 May 2002

AirAsia introduces online booking through www.airasia.com

6 Jun 2002

AirAsia’s fourth Boeing 737-300, 9M-AAD arrives “undressed” at the Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport, Subang, to be repainted later

15 Jun 2002

AirAsia Penang Sales Office opens at Prangin Mall and is officiated by Minister of Tourism, YB Dato’ Kee Phaik Cheen

23 Jun 2002

AirAsia Kuching Sales Office opens at Wisma Ho Ho Lim

29 Jun 2002

AirAsia celebrates move to KLIA by offering RM10 one-way fares to any AirAsia destination for travel on July 4, exclusively at www.airasia.com 

1 Jul 2002

AirAsia signs deal with Airport Coach Sdn Bhd for RM10 one-way bus fares to and from KLIA exclusively for all AirAsia passengers

3 Jul 2002

AirAsia says goodbye to Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport in Subang with its last arrivals landing from Kota Kinabalu AK705, from Kuching AK731, and from Penang AK713

4 Jul 2002

AirAsia begins operations in KLIA with our first departure at 0700 hours, AK702 to Kota Kinabalu at 100% load

8 Jul 2002

AirAsia’s fifth Boeing 737-300 arrives in Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA)

10 Jul 2002

AirAsia’s inaugural flight to Miri, AK762, takes off at 0630 hours with fares from RM139.99

10 Jul 2002

AirAsia signs USD20 million Aircraft Engine Maintenance Agreement with General Electric Engines Services (GEES)

17 Aug 2002

AirAsia launches a new destination to Miri in Sarawak

13 Nov 2002

AirAsia’s engineering team successfully obtains JAR OPS1 Approval from the Department of Civil Aviation Malaysia within 9 months, compared to the standard of 2 years

28 Dec 2002

AirAsia’s cabin crew from batch 10 is the first to graduate from AirAsia’s in-house training programme

2003

1 Mar 2003

AirAsia introduces flights to Alor Setar

15 Jul 2003

AirAsia becomes Asia’s first airline to introduce a multilingual website

14 Aug 2003

AirAsia announces the game-changing extension of its cabin crew retirement age to 55 years

19 Aug 2003

AirAsia introduces the world’s first Airline SMS Booking, officiated by then-deputy Prime Minister YAB Dato’ Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi. The booking is priced at RM0.30 per SMS.

9 Sep 2003

AirAsia launches GO Holiday, a programme to book interesting packages through its website

1 Oct 2003

AirAsia introduces Singapore’s new Call Centre

31 Oct 2003

AirAsia launches Johor Bahru as our second operational hub

12 Nov 2003

AirAsia partners with Shin Corporation of Thailand to establish AirAsia Aviation Co. Ltd. (AirAsia Thailand)

8 Dec 2003

Sawasdeeka! AirAsia’s first international flight takes off to Phuket.

11 Dec 2003

YB Dato’ Sri Chan Kong Choy, Minister of Transport Malaysia, officiates AirAsia’s new hangar in KLIA

18 Dec 2003

First AirAsia Senai flight takes off for Miri, Sarawak, connecting Johor and Sarawak.

30 Dec 2003

AirAsia is awarded ‘Asia Pacific Airline of the Year 2003’ by Centre of Pacific Aviation (CAPA)

2004

9 Feb 2004

AirAsia launches second international destination with Bangkok-Kuala Lumpur flight

16 Feb 2004

AirAsia Thailand’s first international flight takes off from Bangkok to Singapore, with fares from 1,300 baht one way

27 Feb 2004

AirAsia enters into a strategic partnership with Pos Malaysia to enable guest to remit payments through any Pos Malaysia branch nationwide

11 Apr 2004

AirAsia launches service to Soekarno-Hatta Airport, Jakarta from Senai, Johor Bahru. It is our first flight to an Indonesian destination.

21 May 2004

AirAsia’s 17th Boeing 737-300 (named after renowned Malaysian cartoonist, Dato’ Lat) arrives in KLIA. The ‘Lat’ plane features popular characters from Dato’ Lat’s ‘Kampung Boy’

6 June 2004

AirAsia Thailand starts services between Penang and Bangkok

8 Jun 2004

AirAsia is officially known as AirAsia Berhad

2 Jul 2004

AirAsia’s long-awaited direct flight connecting Kuala Lumpur and Jakarta takes off

8 July 2004

AirAsia expands presence in Indonesia, linking Malaysia to several key Indonesian tourist destinations, including Bali and Medan

1 Aug 2004

To promote the AirAsia spirit and a winning culture for our people, the Corporate Culture Department is born

19 Oct 2004

AirAsia launches IPO prospectus for the airline’s proposed listing on the Main Board of Bursa Saham

22 Nov 2004

AirAsia officially lists on the Main Board of Bursa Malaysia Securities Berhad

15 Dec 2004

AirAsia’s flies for the first time from Kuala Lumpur to Macau

17 Dec 2004

AirAsia signs Memorandum of Understanding with Airbus for the purchase of 100 Airbus A320s

2005

9 Jan 2005

AirAsia’s Indonesian venture, AWAIR commences flights from Jakarta to Bali and Surabaya with fares from Rp49,000 and Rp 39,000 respectively

19 Jan 2005

AirAsia commences service between Singapore and Jakarta through its sister airline AWAIR (now AirAsia Indonesia). AirAsia owns a 49% stake in AWAIR, a privately owned airline in Indonesia, which was relaunched as a low-fare, no frills airline to serve domestic and international routes out of its hub at the Soekarno-Hatta International Airport, Jakarta.

28 Jan 2005

Centre of Asia Pacific (CAPA) awards AirAsia with 3 honours

7 Mar 2005

AirAsia receives the prestigious Market Leadership Award at the 2005 Airline Achievement Awards by Air Transport World Magazine in Washington D.C.

1 Apr 2005

AirAsia’s first batch of cadet pilots completes their 2-year training programme at the Malaysian Flying Academy in Malacca. Among the graduates are 5 existing AirAsia staff from various departments including Guest Services, Cabin Crew, Engineering, Purchasing and Sales.

5 Apr 2005

AirAsia becomes the first low cost carrier to land at Diosdado Macapagal International Airport (formerly Clark Angeles Airport), Philippines

25 Apr 2005

AirAsia launches its first flight to China with Bangkok-Xiamen route

22 Jul 2005

AirAsia becomes Manchester United’s first official low fare carrier with a one-year sponsorship deal

23 Aug 2005

AirAsia launches mobile.airasia.com for mobile booking and is the first in the world to offer a comprehensive booking system targeting mobile phones and wireless devices

20 Sep 2005

AirAsia celebrates 13 million passengers with an 80% discount on all flights

23 Sep 2005

AirAsia’s Indonesian venture, AWAIR celebrates historic inaugural flight from Indonesia to Kuala Lumpur

1 Nov 2005

AirAsia commences daily flights from Kuala Lumpur to Phnom Penh, Cambodia

28 Nov 2005

AirAsia receives the Transport Company of Excellence award at the annual Transport Industry Night

2 Dec 2005

AirAsia offers 2 million free seats in conjunction with our 4th anniversary

8 Dec 2005

AirAsia’s first Airbus 9M-AFA arrives at Kuala Lumpur International Airport from Toulouse, France. The next day, the plane made its first appearance at the LIMA Air Show at Langkawi

27 Dec 2005

AirAsia introduces direct flights from Kuala Lumpur to Siem Reap, Cambodia

Ready for takeoff

2006

2010​

2006

23 Mar 2006

Malaysia’s fifth Prime Minister, YAB Dato’ Seri Abdullah bin Haji Ahmad Badawi visits the new AirAsia office and officially launches our new home at the LCC Terminal, KLIA (LCCT)

8 Apr 2006

Manchester United players visit AirAsia’s ‘Red Devil’ A320 at Manchester Airport

22 Apr 2006

DYMM Seri Paduka Baginda yang DiPertuan Agong XII, Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin (King of Malaysia) visits AirAsia’s new home at LCCT and presents certificates to graduates from the AirAsia cadet training programme

26 Apr 2006

AirAsia hosts the first EU-Malaysia civil aviation safety conference to promote closer ties between the European and Asian Aerospace industry and regulatory authorities, and to improve aviation safety in Southeast Asia

31 May 2006

AirAsia dispatches extra flights from Kuala Lumpur to Solo, Indonesia to aid humanitarian and relief work following an earthquake in Yogjakarta, Central Java

4 Jul 2006

AirAsia becomes Official Airline Partner for Amazing Race Asia in partnership with AXN

7 Jul 2006

AirAsia launches new hub, Kota Kinabalu in Malaysia

11 Jul 2006

AirAsia commences daily flights from Kuala Lumpur to Brunei

20 Jul 2006

AirAsia officially launches second East Malaysia hub in Kuching, Sarawak

14 Aug 2006

Airbus launches state-of-the-art Airbus A320 full flight simulators at the new AirAsia Academy, the first academy to have it in the region

4 Oct 2006

AirAsia enters Vietnam with the launch of daily flights from Kuala Lumpur to Hanoi

30 Oct 2006

AirAsia launches new service to serve Palembang from Kuala Lumpur

2007

5 Jan 2007

Tan Sri Dr. Tony Fernandes and Datuk Kamarudin Meranun announce the launch of a revolutionary long-haul, low cost airline – AirAsia X, with the tagline ‘Now everyone can fly xtra long’

8 Jan 2007

AirAsia acquires 100 more Airbus A320 aircraft

8 Jan 2007

AirAsia launches a regional marketing campaign, offering 1,000,000 free seats

7 Feb 2007

AirAsia introduces direct flights to Penang from East Malaysia hubs

6 Mar 2007

Milestone: 30 million guests flown with AirAsia

5 Apr 2007

AirAsia announces partnership as Official Airline of the AT&T Williams’ F1 team for three years starting from the 2007 Formula One World Championship

11 May 2007

AirAsia introduces ‘Xpress Boarding’ offering guests the opportunity to be among the first to board and choose your seats

5 Jul 2007

AirAsia becomes the only airline to serve direct flights to Krabi from Kuala Lumpur

30 Jul 2007

AirAsia bags 2007’s Asia’s Best Low-Cost Airline award by Skytrax

2 Aug 2007

AirAsia announces sponsorship of English Premier League Referees

4 Aug 2007

AirAsia enhances facilities for greater mobility for disabled guests

15 Aug 2007

AirAsia launches in-flight magazine, Travel3Sixty

28 Aug 2007

airasia celebrates first Airbus in Johor base with flights to Macau and Palembang

31 Aug 2007

AirAsia signs a letter of intent with Vietnam shipbuilding industry group (Vinashin) for a new budget airline in Vietnam

2 Nov 2007

AirAsia X launches flight to Gold Coast, Australia, with pioneering assigned seating and pre-booked meals service

5 Dec 2007

AirAsia places a total of 225 A320s orders, making us the biggest operator of the A320 in the world

5 Dec 2007

An AirAsia Airbus A330 flies in formation with the RAF aerobatic team, the Red Arrows over the show site, at the start of the LIMA2007 flight display

2008

11 Jan 2008

AirAsia launches Donate Your Loose Change campaign jointly with the National Heart Institute (IJN) to raise funds for heart patients in need

16 Jan 2008

AirAsia launches maiden flight from Kuala Lumpur to Guangzhou

1 Feb 2008

AirAsia finally breaks the Kuala Lumpur-Singapore duopoly with two daily flights. Due to its historical significance, Tony declares a holiday for Allstars.

4 Feb 2008

AirAsia X enters China with Kuala Lumpur – Hangzhou flight

20 Mar 2008

AirAsia becomes the world’s first airline to have a Formula One team livery

2 Apr 2008

AirAsia is recognised as one of the world’s most innovative companies by Fast Company magazine, making it the only ASEAN brand and only airline to make it on the ‘Fast 50’ list

12 Apr 2008

AirAsia announces ambulift facility for disabled guests – available at LCCT and Kota Kinabalu International Airport

28 Apr 2008

AirAsia launches its official Facebook page

9 May 2008

AirAsia extends assistance to victims of Cyclone Nargis in Myanmar by sponsoring flights for aid workers and transporting aid materials

May 2008

AirAsia launches inaugural flights from Kuala Lumpur to Hong Kong

10 Jun 2008

AirAsia celebrates inaugural flight to Kuantan, completing our domestic expansion

17 Jun 2008

AirAsia introduces On Time Guarantee (OTG)

18 Jun 2008

AirAsia launches its vast selection of inflight hot meals

25 Jun 2008

AirAsia celebrates its 50 millionth guest – Ms. Wendy Ng Tze Wee

14 Aug 2008

AirAsia launches a new route linking Pekanbaru in Indonesia with Singapore

26 Sep 2008

AirAsia adds four new flights from Kuala Lumpur to Singapore

30 OCT 2016

#AirAsiaMAKNA 2016 campaign raises RM350,000 for cancer charity In Malaysia

7 Oct 2008

AirAsia is now 100% Airbus in Malaysia! AirAsia bids farewell to its final Boeing 737-300 aircraft on our Malaysian operations.

31 Oct 2008

AirAsia X takes delivery of its first brand new A330-300 aircraft in Toulouse, France

1 Nov 2008

AirAsia celebrates inaugural flight from Kota Kinabalu to Singapore

1 Nov 2008

AirAsia reduces On-Time Guarantee (OTG) waiting time from 3 to 2 hours

2 Nov 2008

AirAsia X takes on Western Australia – Perth

30 OCT 2016

#AirAsiaMAKNA 2016 campaign raises RM350,000 for cancer charity In Malaysia

11 Nov 2008

AirAsia becomes first airline in the world to abolish international and domestic fuel surcharges despite the rising price of oil

13 Nov 2008

AirAsia X’s first flight to Melbourne takes off two weeks after launch of Perth

1 Dec 2008

AirAsia Malaysia launches first route to Tiruchirapalli (Trichy) in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu

22 Dec 2008

AirAsia launches online shopping portal – the Red Megastore offering an array of exclusive AirAsia merchandise

16 Dec 2008

AirAsia launches a massive regional marketing campaign as part of its initiatives to help revive Thailand’s tourism industry following political disturbance in Thailand

2009

12 Jan 2008

AirAsia introduces a convenient new baggage policy dubbed Supersize, offering guests up to 50% savings

20 January

AirAsia Thailand launches daily Bangkok-Bali and Bangkok-Guangzhou flights

10 Feb 2009

AirAsia hits record sales, selling 279,000 seats in a single day – possibly the largest single-day sales in aviation history

17 Feb 2009

AirAsia introduces Pick A Seat – allowing guests to choose their seat preference

18 Feb 2009

AirAsia and AirAsia X introduces free Web-Check In across the entire AirAsia Group network

2 Mar 2009

AirAsia establishes Bandung as a hub

10 Mar 2009

Travellers snap up over 50,000 seats on AirAsia’s new routes between Singapore and the Indonesian cities of Jakarta, Bandung, Yogyakarta and Bali

11 Mar 2009

AirAsia X celebrates first flight to Stansted, London

27 Mar 2009

100 cabin crew trainees graduate from the AirAsia Academy

1 Apr 2009

Skytrax names AirAsia as the ‘World’s Best Low-Cost Airline’ for the first time

2 Apr 2009

AirAsia X flies to Tianjin, China

28 Apr 2009

AirAsia partners with Scicom (MSC) Berhad to establish a world-class, state-of-the-art contact centre to service the low-cost carrier’s guests from all around the world

12 May 2009

AirAsia gives away one million free seats, setting yet another benchmark in corporate responsibility

1 Jun 2009

AirAsia celebrates new routes from Penang to Singapore and Langkawi to Singapore

4 Jun 2009

AirAsia celebrates first ever all-ASEAN crew graduation ceremony

24 Jun 2009

AirAsia and AirAsia X abolishes administration fees

26 Jun 2009

AirAsia X sponsors the Oakland Raiders, NFL Super Bowl champions

1 Jul 2009

AirAsia X launches flights from Kuala Lumpur to Taipei

2 Jul 2009

AirAsia boosts East Malaysia connectivity with Kota Kinabalu-Brunei flights

9 Jul 2009

AirAsia launches Redbox, the world’s first low cost courier

17 Jul 2009

AirAsia Indonesia announces the launch of daily flights linking Bali to Perth, Australia

31 Jul 2009

AirAsia launches flights from Penang – Hong Kong. Penang is established as a hub.

8 Aug 2009

AirAsia celebrates ASEAN Day with a ‘Truly ASEAN’ livery aircraft in a three-city hop – transporting more than 100 officials, media, academics and NGO representatives led by ASEAN Secretary General (Dr Surin Pitsuwan) to three cities in one day – Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur and Bangkok

15 Aug 2009

AirAsia launches daily flights Kuala Lumpur-Colombo

19 Aug 2009

AirAsia Indonesia launches second daily flights from Bali-Perth. Surabaya is established as a hub

9 Sep 2009

AirAsia launches daily Brunei-Kota Kinabalu, Singapore-Miri, Singapore-Tawau flights

18 Sep 2009

AirAsia Indonesia launches Jakarta-Ho Chi Minh City flights

25 Sep 2009

AirAsia Thailand celebrates inaugural Bangkok-Taipei flight

4 Oct 2009

AirAsia activates campaign and provides charity flights to help victims of the Padang earthquake

9 Oct 2009

AirAsia becomes official airline partner of the ASEAN Basketball League

9 Oct 2009

AirAsia launches 3 new India routes to Kolkata, Kochi and Trivandrum from Kuala Lumpur

12 Oct 2009

AirAsia launches ‘Have You Flown AirAsia?’ – our first regional brand campaign with a TV commercial produced by the late Yasmin Ahmad

20 Oct 2009

AirAsia X launches route from Kuala Lumpur to Chengdu, China

28 Oct 2009

Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation names AirAsia and AirAsia X as joint winners of the Airline of the Year award. Tony Fernandes receives the CAPA Legend Award and enters the Aviation Hall of Fame.

13 Nov 2009

AirAsia launches ‘1 Million Free Seats’ promotional campaign, setting a new international sales record with 402,222 seats snapped up in the 24 hour period after the campaign was launched, and another 489,000 seats were snapped up in the second 24-hour period of campaign

18 Nov 2009

AirAsia unveils AirAsia-Lat livery plane and limited edition line of Lat merchandise

23 Nov 2009

AirAsia X launches flights Kuala Lumpur-Abu Dhabi flights

7 Dec 2009

AirAsia becomes the most popular airline in the world on Facebook, surpassing all other airlines

31 Dec 2009

AirAsia Allstars staff numbers grow to 7,488 

2010

20 Jan 2010

AirAsia introduces Self Check-In Kiosk facilities

22 Jan 2010

AirAsia joins hands with UNICEF raising RM438 million (US$128 million) for relief efforts in Haiti

26 Jan 2010

AirAsia and AirAsia X launch direct flights to six new destinations in India in the first quarter of 2010. Five of the flights were from Kuala Lumpur to key metro cities of Chennai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Mumbai and New Delhi, and one from Penang to Chennai

10 Feb 2010

AirAsia becomes proud sponsors of 2010 British Grand Prix in Silverstone

8 Mar 2010

AirAsia launches airasiaredtix.com to provide access to top music, sports and entertainment events

8 Apr 2010

AirAsia together with Sepang International Circuit, introduces a Malaysian team in the 2010 MotoGP World Championship

8 Apr 2010

AirAsia officially signs a strategic partnership agreement between VietJet Aviation Joint Stock Company (VietJet Air) and AirAsia Berhad in Hanoi

9 Apr 2010

AirAsia X introduces the Premium Flatbed

14 Apr 2010

The Government of France honours Tony Fernandes with the title of Officer of the Legion d’ Honneur for his outstanding contributions to the French aviation industry

28 Apr 2010

AirAsia launches the AirAsia ASEAN Driver Development Programme, expanding our presence in motorsports in the region and help nurture a world-class Formula One driver from ASEAN

6 May2010

AirAsia X launches new route to Mumbai, India

20 May 2010

Skytrax announces AirAsia as ‘World’s Best Low-Cost Airline’ for the 2nd year in a row

11 Jul 2010

AirAsia unveils New Skies, a high-tech user friendly booking feature

27 Jul 2010

Wayam Arya Sila Arsadhana undergoes a successful heart correction surgery at National Heart Institute (IJN). He is the latest beneficiary of AirAsia’s ‘Donate Your Loose Change’ campaign.

4 Aug 2010

AirAsia X launches new routes to New Delhi and Tehran from Kuala Lumpur

2 Sep 2010

AirAsia becomes the new title sponsor for the ASEAN Basketball League (ABL)

24 Sep 2010

AirAsia and Lotus Racing proudly unveils an AirAsia Airbus A320 aircraft featuring the classic colours of Lotus Racing

13 Oct 2010

Just under nine years since after relaunching, AirAsia flies its 100 millionth guest – Irma Dewi, who was presented with 100 free seats

2 Nov 2010

Seoul, Korea becomes AirAsia X’s 12th destination

25 Nov 2010

AirAsia Thailand completes fleet transformation to all Airbus A320

2 Dec 2010

Tony Fernandes becomes the first person from ASEAN to be named Businessman of the Year by Forbes Asia, for democratising air travel and transforming AirAsia into a successful global brand

9 Dec 2010

AirAsia X launches new route to Tokyo-Haneda, Japan from Kuala Lumpur

16 Dec 2010

AirAsia extends association with the ASEAN Basketball League (ABL) by sponsoring the 2009-2010 Grand Finals Champions, Philippine Patriots

16 Dec 2010

AirAsia, through its fully owned subsidiary AA International Ltd, enters into a partnership agreement with Antonio Cojuangco Jr., Michael Romero and Marianne Hontiveros to establish AirAsia Philippines

Flying High

2011

2015

2011

1 Jan 2011

AirAsia Thailand establishes Chiang Mai as third hub

15 Jan 2011

Medan becomes AirAsia Indonesia’s new hub

17 Jan 2011

AirAsia introduces Fly-Thru for transiting flights

23 Jan 2011

@airasia posts on Instagram for the first time

7 Feb 2011

AirAsia flies over 2,000 Malaysians from Egypt on rescue flights

10 Feb 2011

AirAsia creates an online information centre, airasia.com/ask

14 Feb 2011

AirAsia X celebrates Valentine’s Day with an inaugural flight to Paris Orly, France

24 Feb 2011

AirAsia Berhad records a milestone billion-ringgit profit after tax in 2010

3 Mar 2011

AirAsia X appoints Former Minister of International Trade and Ministry Tan Sri Rafidah Aziz as Independent Non-Executive Director and Chairman of the Board

29 Mar 2011

AirAsia and Expedia, Inc. enters joint venture agreement for an online travel agency

1 Apr 2011

AirAsia X expands network to New Zealand with new route to Christchurch

5 Apr 2011

AirAsia Indonesia’s first Airbus A320 flight lands in Bandung

7 Apr 2011

AirAsia X flies adventurer Khoo Swee Chow to eight of the highest peaks within AirAsia X’s network namely China, the UK, France, Iran, Japan, Korea, Taiwan and New Zealand, culminating with a successful expedition to Mount Everest on 21 May

10 May 2011

AirAsia X launches a year-long groupwide ‘To Japan With Love’ campaign in the wake of The Great East Japan Earthquake

13 May 2011

AirAsia wins World’s Best Air Cargo Industry Customer Care Award from Air Cargo Week (ACW)

26 May 2011

Korean celebrity chef Shingun prepares Korean dishes for AirAsia X’s Seoul-Kuala Lumpur flights

2 Jun 2011

AirAsia Indonesia launches maiden international flight with Airbus A320 from Bandung to Kuala Lumpur and Singapore

20 Jun 2011

AirAsia signs a joint venture agreement with CAE to set up a world-class aviation training centre that will offer state-of-the-art training for airlines throughout Asia

22 Jun 2011

Skytrax names AirAsia as the ‘World’s Best Low-Cost Airline’ for three consecutive years

23 Jun 2011

AirAsia inks a landmark deal for 200 Airbus A320neo aircraft, making AirAsia the biggest airline customer for Airbus for the single-aisle product line worldwide

21 Jul 2011

Announcement of AirAsia Japan’s launch in partnership with All Nippon Airways (ANA)

12 Sep 2011

AirAsia is the official partner of Queens Park Rangers Football Club (QPR) with the sponsorship of its official ‘away’ and ‘third’ shirts

21 Sep 2011

AirAsia sets a new sales record with 725,795 seats sold in one day

29 Sep 2011

AirAsia Insure is made available via AirAsia’s mobile booking platform

30 Sep 2011

AirAsia offers free air assistance to Philippine typhoon victims

14 Nov 2011

BIG, the global loyalty programme, is officially launched

16 Nov 2011

AirAsia Thailand launches direct flights from Chiang Mai to Ubon Ratchathani

16 Nov 2011

AirAsia Indonesia unveils green home at the eco-friendly Terminal 3, Soekarno-Hatta International Airport

30 Nov 2011

AirAsia X touches down at Kansai International Airport, Osaka, Japan

1 Dec 2011

AirAsia launches the digital version of Travel3sixty magazine

8 Dec 2011

AirAsia celebrates 10th anniversary

16 Dec 2011

AirAsia launches inaugural flight from Kuala Lumpur to Da Nang, Vietnam

21 Dec 2011

AirAsia waives international counter check-in fees throughout its entire route network. Processing fees for usage of charge cards are reduced from RM8 to RM5 per pax per sector.

2012

11 Jan 2012

Penton Media’s Air Transport World (ATW) names AirAsia as the ‘Value Airline of the Year’

12 Jan 2012

AirAsia X announces suspension of London, Paris, Mumbai and New Delhi flights as part of the network consolidation

2 Feb 2012

AirAsia welcomes its 100th Airbus A320, featuring a special dragon livery to celebrate the lunar year of the dragon, which is also Tony’s zodiac sign

6 Feb 2012

AirAsia enhances Malaysia – Indonesia link with daily flights from Kuala Lumpur to Semarang – the 14th Indonesian destination flown by AirAsia from Kuala Lumpur

7 Feb 2012

Inaugural Kuala Lumpur–Surat Thani route takes off with a full flight

14 Feb 2012

AirAsia signs a five year Multi-crew Pilot License (MPL) with CAE

6 Mar 2012

AirAsia Indonesia celebrates its 100% Airbus fleet, and implements a single fleet policy aimed at improving efficiency

15 Mar 2012

AirAsia Foundation is established to contribute to ASEAN Community-building by advocating social entrepreneurship, equal opportunity and innovation

23 Mar 2012

AirAsia Thailand launches inaugural flights from Bangkok to Chongqing, China and Chennai, India

28 Mar 2012

AirAsia Philippines launches first flight from Clark to Davao and Kalibo

2 Apr 2012

Eezeer.com ranks AirAsia as number one on Twitter and top for two main categories – Best in Class and Airline Listening Champion

2 Apr 2012

AirAsia X launches long-awaited route to Sydney, Australia

3 Apr 2012

AirAsia is chosen for two years in a row as the winner for ‘Best Investor Relations Company for Malaysia’, ‘Best CEO for Malaysia’ and ‘Best Investor Relations Officer for Malaysia’ at the 2nd Asian Excellence Recognition Awards by Corporate Governance Asia held in Hong Kong

9 Apr 2012

AirAsia enhances its Fly-Thru service from Jakarta, Bandung, Medan and Surabaya in Indonesia to cities and special administrative regions in China such as Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Macau and Hong Kong via Kuala Lumpur

11 May 2012

AirAsia unveils a brand new corporate identity in line with its ‘10 Awesome Years’ campaign, which includes a new television commercial featuring Allstars and flight attendants in their new weekend uniform

14 May 2012

AirAsia offers 250,000 free seats from a total of 1,000,000 promo seats available to all destinations

16 May 2012

AirAsia X announces direct flights to Beijing, spreading its wings further across China

18 May 2012

AirAsia announces an extended partnership with Queens Park Rangers (QPR) for the 2012/13 Barclays Premier League (BPL) season

22 May 2012

AirAsia Thailand launches inaugural flight from Chiang Mai to Macau

30 May 2012

AirAsia Japan announces direct flights to Sapporo, Fukuoka and Okinawa with a promotion of 10,000 seats and fares as low as 5¥

31 May 2012

Asia Aviation Limited (AAV), the holding company of AirAsia Thailand, is listed on the Stock Exchange of Thailand, raising over US$230 million from the IPO

6 Jun 2012

The Malaysian Investor Relations Association Berhad (MIRA) presents Tan Sri Dr. Tony Fernandes with the Best CEO for IR – Mid Cap award, and names Benyamin Ismail, AirAsia’s Investor Relations Manager, as the best IR Professional – Mid Cap

8 Jun 2012

AirAsia wins the ‘World’s Best Air Cargo Industry Customer Care Award 2012’ in Shanghai for the second consecutive year, beating the likes of Emirates, Qatar and Etihad

18 Jun 2012

AirAsia Berhad announces Aireen Omar as new Chief Executive Officer

21 Jun 2012

AirAsia becomes the first airline and public listed company in Asia to launch an Annual Report App

22 Jun 2012

AirAsia X transfers its service from Tianjin to Beijing, China

1 Jul 2012

Tan Sri Tony Fernandes and Dato’ Kamarudin Meranun redesignated as Non-Independent Directors of AirAsia Berhad

5 Jul 2012

Aviation Week magazine announces AirAsia as the Top Performing Airline in 2012

10 Jul 2012

AirAsia X launches inaugural flight from Kuala Lumpur to Kathmandu

12 Jul 2012

AirAsia signs a 10 year agreement with ST Aerospace for aircraft maintenance

13 Jul 2012

AirAsia is voted Skytrax ‘World’s Best Low-Cost Airline’ for the fourth consecutive year

19 Jul 2012

AirAsia Berhad is named KLIA’s ‘Airline of the Year’ and ‘Low Cost Airline of the Year’, while AirAsia Indonesia is named ‘Foreign Airline of the Year’ and ‘Foreign Airline of the Year By Sector – South East Asia’ by Malaysia Airports

1 Aug 2012

AirAsia Japan starts services with daily flights to Fukuoka and Sapporo from Narita International Airport, Japan

7 Aug 2012

AirAsia launches ASEAN headquarters in Jakarta, Indonesia

14 Aug 2012

AirAsia’s BIG Global Loyalty Programme launches free membership

3 Sep 2012

AirAsia Chief Financial Officer Andrew Littledale abseils from London’s tallest building, The Shard, to raise funds for the Outward Bound Trust and the Royal Marines Charitable Trust Funds, UK

6 Sep 2012

Payload Asia Awards 2012 awards AirAsia Cargo as the Rising Star Carrier of the Year

12 Sep 2012

AirAsia announces the new Kuala Lumpur–Nanning route

14 Sep 2012

AirAsia launches Semangat Harimau Muda Livery

17 Sep 2012

AirAsia launches 1 Million Free Seats promotion

26 Sep 2012

AirAsia Allstar and former Malaysia national player Jason Lim Tiat Liong sets up AirAsia Badminton Academy

29 Sep 2012

AirAsia Thailand receives its first owned aircraft under finance lease

1 Oct 2012

AirAsia Thailand begins service at Don Mueang International Airport, Bangkok

1 Oct 2012

AirAsia wins ‘Best Low-Cost Airline award’ from Business Traveller Asia Pacific

4 Oct 2012

AirAsia Thailand launches inaugural flight from Bangkok to Mandalay, Myanmar, the first low cost carrier to do so

8 Oct 2012

AirAsia wins sixth ‘TTG Best Asian Low-Cost Carrier’

10 Oct 2012

AirAsia Japan launches first international flights to Seoul and Busan, Korea

12 Oct 2012

AirAsia achieves 100% load factor for inaugural Kuala Lumpur–Lombok flight

19 Oct 2012

AirAsia is named as one of Malaysia’s Most Valuable Brands

19 Oct 2012

AirAsia Thailand launches inaugural flight from Bangkok to Wuhan, China

19 Oct 2012

AirAsia Indonesia celebrates inaugural flight from Surabaya to Johor Bahru

28 Oct 2012

AirAsia announces 800,000 free seats

2 Nov 2012

AirAsia X celebrates ‘5 Fantastic Years’ of operations – Facebook contest winner Julie Ann Foster from Australia got to fly with 300 of her family and friends from Sydney to Kuala Lumpur on an exclusive flight

9 Nov 2012

AirAsia Indonesia introduces celebrity chef Farah Quinn as the airline’s in-flight meal ambassador

16 Nov 2012

AirAsia Thailand launches inaugural flight from Bangkok to Xi’an, China

22 Nov 2012

AirAsia announces direct flights from Kuala Lumpur to Shanghai, China

23 Nov 2012

Historic first AirAsia flight implements the game-changing one-engine taxi procedure on arrival to reduce aircraft emission and conserve fuel

27 Nov 2012

AirAsia is named the ‘Most Popular Graduate Employer’ in Leisure, Travel and Hospitality for the first time at Malaysia’s 100 Leading Graduate Employers 2012 Awards

13 Dec 2012

AirAsia flies Harimau Malaya supporters to Bangkok for the AFF Suzuki Cup Semi-Finals

13 Dec 2012

AirAsia confirms another 100 Airbus A320 order. British Prime Minister David Cameron witnesses the signing of documents by Tan Sri Dr Tony Fernandes and Fabrice Brégier, President & CEO, Airbus.

17 Dec 2012

AirAsia Japan announces Yoshinori Odagiri as its new Chief Executive Officer

17 Dec 2012

AirAsia Indonesia officially opens sixth hub in Makassar

21 Dec 2012

AirAsia takes delivery of an Airbus A320 with Sharklet wingtips, making us the first airline in the world to operate an aircraft with the new fuel saving device

25 Dec 2012

AirAsia launches inaugural Kota Kinabalu–Guangzhou flight

2013

5 Jan 2013

The sixth Prime Minister of Malaysia officially launches the 1Malaysia aircraft livery at the Low Cost Carrier Terminal in Sepang

9 Jan 2013

AirAsia offers 10,000 free seats in conjunction with the ‘1Malaysia Integration Programme with AirAsia’ launched by the sixth Prime Minister of Malaysia

10 Jan 2013

AirAsia is named ‘Best Managed Company Overall’ in Malaysia and ‘Best Managed Company in Asia – Airlines/Aviation’ by Euromoney Magazine

14 Jan 2013

AirAsia Indonesia launches Free Seats promotion

16 Jan 2013

Clark International Airport becomes part of aviation history when the world’s first Sharklet wing-tipped A320 aircraft operated by AirAsia lands at 10:30am

17 Jan 2013

AirAsia kicks off 2012 with a new route linking Kota Kinabalu in East Malaysia to Makassar, Indonesia

17 Jan 2013

AirAsia Indonesia launches 6 new routes: Semarang–Singapore, Makassar–Kota Kinabalu, Makassar–Kuala Lumpur, Makassar–Surabaya, Makassar–Bali and Makassar–Manado.

1 Feb 2013

AirAsia X implements The Quiet Zone on flights to Australia, China, Japan, Korea, Nepal and Taiwan

4 Feb 2013

AirAsia Thailand announces its 9th anniversary and reception of its first energy-efficient Sharklet wing-tipped A320 aircraft

7 Feb 2013

AirAsia Indonesia’s inaugural flight from Semarang to Singapore takes off

8 Feb 2013

AirAsia Indonesia launches its first travel fair in Makassar

14 Feb 2013

AirAsia gives away another 10,000 free seats for flights between Peninsular and East Malaysia for all Malaysians as part of the ‘1Malaysia Integration Programme with AirAsia’

14 Feb 2013

A guest on AirAsia Thailand proposes to her boyfriend in full wedding gown mid-flight on Valentine’s Day

15 Feb 2013

Bank Internasional Indonesia (BII) sets up BII CoOLPAY, a cash management system and online payment gateway for AirAsia Indonesia

16 Feb 2013

AirAsia X’s first flight from Kuala Lumpur to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia takes off

20 Feb 2013

AirAsia Indonesia opens its biggest sales office in Makassar

1 Mar 2003

AirAsia Indonesia holds a Travel Fair in Jakarta with up to 50% discounts

11 Mar 2013

AirAsia Philippines enters into a strategic alliance agreement with Ambassador Alfredo Yao, the majority shareholder of Zest Airways, Inc and Asiawide Airways Inc (collectively, the Zest Air Group)

13 Mar 2013

AirAsia continues to support Malaysian MotoGP rider Zulfahmi Khairuddin, in his 2013 campaign in the Moto3 category of the World Championship

13 Mar 2013

AirAsia shifts flights operations in Kolkata, India to the New Integrated Terminal Building, Terminal 2, Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport

17 Mar 2013

AirAsia wins the Air Transport News (ATN) 2013 Low-Cost Airline of the Year, an accolade that recognises and honours the best performers in the aviation industry

28 Mar 2013

AirAsia becomes inaugural winner of the ‘LIMA 2013 ASEAN Low Cost Airline of the Year’ award by the ASEAN Commercial Aviation Awards which was held in conjunction at the Langkawi International Maritime & Aerospace (LIMA) Exhibition

4 Apr 2013

The Foreign Investment Promotion Board of India approves AirAsia’s application for 49% equity in a joint venture company, AirAsia India

10 Apr 2013

The ‘Fly Home to Vote’ campaign is launched in conjunction with Malaysia’s 13th General Elections

15 Apr 2013

AirAsia Indonesia launches three new routes: Medan–Jakarta, Medan–Johor Bahru and Jakarta–Johor Bahru

22 Apr 2013

AirAsia introduces new Kota Kinabalu–Bali route with thrice weekly flights

29 Apr 2013

AirAsia Indonesia launches AirAsia Carnival offering two million promo fares from as low as IDR 0

30 Apr 2013

AirAsia Thailand increases the frequency of Bangkok-Hong Kong flights to thrice daily, and Bangkok-Phuket flights to 10 times daily

12 May 2013

‘Stewardess’ Branson is a cabin crew onboard D7 237 from Perth to Kuala Lumpur

15 May 2013

AirAsia India’s Board of Directors appoints Mittu Chandilya as the Chief Executive Officer of AirAsia India (Private) Limited

16 May 2013

AirAsia Indonesia celebrates inaugural Jakarta–Johor Bahru flight

22 May 2013

AirAsia Foundation awards its first social enterprise grant in Malaysia to Tobpinai Ningkokoton Koburuon Kampong (Tonibung) or Friends for Village Development, a Sabah-based organisation that empowers indigenous communities across the country to convert to clean, renewable energy

28 May 2013

AirAsia receives the President’s Award in The Best Low-Cost Carrier category whilst Group CEO Tan Sri Tony Fernandes was named The Aviation Man of the Year at the Brand Laureate Best Brands Award

3 Jun 2013

AirAsia Thailand increases the frequency of Bangkok-Wuhan flights to twice daily

3 Jun 2013

AirAsia Indonesia jets off to Singapore from Makassar

5 Jun 2013

AirAsia announces direct flights from Bangkok to Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar, making it the only airline to fly the route

5 Jun 2013

AirAsia Indonesia celebrates arrival of Sharklet-equipped A320 aircraft

7 Jun 2013

AirAsia Indonesia celebrates maiden Jakarta–Medan flight

18 Jun 2013

AirAsia announces the appointment of Subramaniam Ramadorai, CBE as Non-Executive Chairman of AirAsia India

19 Jun 2013

AirAsia is named the ‘World’s Best’ and ‘Asia’s Best Low-Cost Airline’ for the fifth consecutive year at the World Airline Awards. AirAsia X also receives the ‘World’s Best Low-Cost Airline – Premium Class’ and ‘World’s Best Low-Cost Airline – Premium Class Seat’

19 Jun 2013

AirAsia Indonesia strengthens connectivity to Singapore by launching two direct flights from Medan and Surabaya

25 Jun 2013

AirAsia announces new route from Kota Kinabalu to Hangzhou

26 Jun 2013

AirAsia launches Fly-Thru service from Kolkata and Tiruchirappali in India to Singapore, enabling guests to connect to their onwards AirAsia flight to Singapore conveniently through Kuala Lumpur

1 Jul 2013

AirAsia Indonesia operates its first flight from Bali to Darwin after the route‘s relaunch takes off

1 Jul 2013

AirAsia Thailand increases frequency of Bangkok-Chongqing flights to twice daily

2 Jul 2013

AirAsia is selected by HR Asia Magazine as the proud recipient of the Best Companies to Work for in Asia 2013 award

3 Jul 2013

AirAsia Foundation awards its first social enterprise grant in the Philippines to Rag2Riches Inc, a Manila-based eco-ethical social enterprise that creates opportunities for artisans to earn fair wages

4 Jul 2013

AirAsia collaborates with General Electric (GE) and EPIC Homes to build a home for an Orang Asli family in Batang Kali, Selangor

7 Jul 2013

AirAsia celebrates fifth Skytrax ‘World’s Best Low-Cost Airline’ title with 2 million promo seats and a ‘high 5’ themed campaign with the hashtag #Hi5AirAsia

10 Jul 2013

AirAsia Thailand collaborates with Thai Post to offer EMS Superspeed, a same-day postal service to all provinces in Thailand

10 Jul 2013

AirAsia X officially commences trading under AAX (Stock Code: 5238) on the Main Market of Bursa Malaysia

15 Jul 2013

AirAsia introduces daily direct flights from Singapore’s Changi Terminal 1 to Don Mueang Airport in Bangkok, Thailand

15 Jul 2013

AirAsia X arrives in Busan, our second destination in South Korea after Seoul

15 Jul 2013

AirAsia Indonesia celebrates inaugural Surabaya–Singapore flight

25 Jul 2013

AirAsia Indonesia moves Medan operations to Kualanamu International Airport

27 Jul 2013

AirAsia Indonesia celebrates maiden Bali-Kota Kinabalu flight

31 Jul 2013

AirAsia Philippines and AXN host a viewing party to celebrate the appointment of Filipino contestant Jonathan Yabut as the first apprentice to be chosen by AirAsia Group CEO who plays the Boss in the TV reality show

1 Aug 2013

AirAsia continues to expand connectivity from East Malaysia with the launch of the Kota Kinabalu – Hangzhou route, the fifth route from Kota Kinabalu to greater China

6 Aug 2013

AirAsia Indonesia receives Airbus’ 8,000th aircraft

8 Aug 2013

AirAsia Indonesia and Chevrolet launch the first branded full–aircraft livery in Indonesia

21 Aug 2013

AirAsia retains top spot in Smart Travel Asia 2013 Best in Travel Poll ‘Top 10 Budget Airlines’ category

31 Aug 2013

AirAsia fulfils the dreams of 56 underprivileged children from East Malaysia to experience flying and to be in Kuala Lumpur to celebrate the 56th Merdeka Day at Dataran Merdeka

5 Sep 2013

AirAsia introduces eighth domestic route from its second busiest hub in Malaysia – Kota Kinabalu – with the announcement of thrice weekly direct flights from Kota Kinabalu to Kota Bharu

5 Sep 2013

AirAsia and AirAsia X present a total of six million seats with the lowest fares to a wide range of destinations at MATTA Fair 2013

13 Sep 2013

AirAsia Philippines announces the temporary suspension of operations for some of its domestic and international flights from Clark International Airport to support AirAsia Zest’s operation in Manila

22 Sep 2013

The Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) approves ‘AirAsia Zest’ as the new brand name of Zest Airways, INC

27 Sep 2013

AirAsia wins ‘The First China Domestic A320 Aircraft Export Leasing Business Innovation Award’ by the China Air-Finance Award Ceremony Awards Committee for groundbreaking aircraft leasing deal with ICBC Financial Leasing Co., Ltd

27 Sep 2013

For the second successive time, AirAsia is once again distinguished as the best in its class, awarded with the ‘Best Low-Cost Airline’ award at the 2013 Business Traveller Asia-Pacific’s Awards ceremony

30 Sep 2013

AirAsia Thailand announces all-year free flights for members of the Thai Women’s Volleyball team and presents a freshly repainted plane to celebrate the team’s victory in the Asian Volleyball Championship

1 Oct 2013

AirAsia Thailand launches the first Bangkok-Siem Reap daily direct flight

1 Oct 2013

AirAsia Zest rolls out a massive rebranding campaign, while also announcing new domestic and international routes from Manila and Cebu

3 Oct 2013

AirAsia wins the Best Asian Low-Cost Carrier award from TTG for the 7th time, for providing the best service, network and schedules, along with having the most professional sales and marketing team in terms of innovative ideas, incentive programmes and servicing

4 Oct 2013

AirAsia signs an agreement with ICBC Financial Leasing Co Ltd of China for aircraft financing facilities worth UD$1 billion. The agreement marks the largest financial cooperation between Malaysia and China to date

8 Oct 2013

Flight D7 184 from Kuala Lumpur receives a surprise water salute welcome landing in Male, Maldives

9 Oct 2013

AirAsia introduces the Hi-Flyer, a brand new flexi-fare service offering guests greater convenience, flexibility and added benefits while travelling with both AirAsia and AirAsia X

16 Oct 2013

Relief goods are airlifted to Cebu and Tagbilaran (Bohol) in the Philippines after the destinations were hit by an earthquake measuring 7.2 on the Richter scale

18 Oct 2013

AirAsia launches Malaysia’s first baggage self-tagging service, its latest innovation to provide guests with a seamless travel experience

28 Oct 2013

AirAsia Indonesia becomes title sponsor of the Bali Beach Run

28 Oct 2013

AirAsia Thailand launches the inaugural Bangkok-Khon Kaen flight with celebrity Nadech Kugimiya dressed as a flight attendant

29 Oct 2013

AirAsia X Thailand receives an Air Operator Licence from the Ministry of Transport Thailand

29 Oct 2013

AirAsia Indonesia wins Foreign Airline of the Year at the KLIA Awards 2012

31 Oct 2013

AirAsia Indonesia is named the Best National Airline in Bali at the Bali International Customer Satisfaction Award 2013

31 Oct 2013

AirAsia X launches inaugural flight to Adelaide

6 Nov 2013

Datuk Kamarudin Meranun is appointed as Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors of AirAsia Berhad

6 Nov 2013

Tony Fernandes is appointed as Non-Independent Executive Director and Group Chief Executive Officer

7 Nov 2013

AirAsia receives Malaysia’s 100 Leading Graduate Employers Award in the Leisure, Travel & Hospitality category

7 Nov 2013

AirAsia and Nokia announce their collaboration in developing the AirAsia mobile app on the Windows Phone 8 platform, making use of the platform’s modern UI featuring interactive seat maps and voice search

8 Nov 2013

Typhoon Haiyan hits major parts of the Philippines, including major tourist destinations in Kalibo, Cebu, Iloilo and Tacloban, where AirAsia Zest operates. Tacloban airport is severely damaged and all the airports in these areas are closed

11 Nov 2013

AirAsia launches a microsite – airasiamemories.com to commemorate flying over 200 million guests

15 Nov 2013

AirAsia announces a donation and relief campaign called ‘To Philippines with Love’ (#toPHwithlove) for communities affected by Super Typhoon Haiyan

15 Nov 2013

AirAsia Zest inaugurates new flights from Cebu to domestic destinations of Puerto Princesa (Palawan), Davao and Cagayan de Oro

15 Nov 2013

AirAsia Thailand launches Bangkok-Kunming with daily direct flights

16 Nov 2013

The first Kota Kinabalu to Kota Bharu flight takes off. AirAsia is the only airline to operate this thrice weekly direct flight connecting East Malaysia directly to the East Coast of Peninsular Malaysia

24 Nov 2013

AirAsia Free Seats promo returns

27 Nov 2013

Tony Fernandes is conferred with ‘Commander of the Legion d’Honneur’ by the French Government for outstanding contributions towards the economy of France through the aviation industry

30 Nov 2013

AirAsia continues to dominate the aviation industry by being named the ‘World’s Leading Low Cost Airline’ at the prestigious World Travel Awards 2013 held in Doha, Qatar

30 Nov 2013

AirAsia Thailand launches Bangkok – Phitsanulok twice daily direct flights

1 Dec 2013

AirAsia strengthens its southern hub by celebrating an inaugural flight from Bandung, Indonesia to Johor Bahru, as well as its 10th year in partnership with Senai International Airport

1 Dec 2013

AirAsia Thailand launches Fly-Thru at Don Mueang Airport, allowing fast and convenient connection to the provinces

1 Dec 2013

AirAsia Zest launches inaugural flight from Cebu to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

6 Dec 2013

AirAsia Zest launches inaugural flight from Manila to Macau and Miri, Malaysia

13 Dec 2013

AirAsia becomes the first to adopt the Required Navigation Performance Authorisation Required approach (RNP-AR APCH) flight paths in Malaysia, following approval by the Department of Civil Aviation Malaysia (DCA) after successful validation of flight paths in Penang

15 Dec 2013

AirAsia Thailand launches City Transfers to Sukhothai and Pai for flights from Bangkok to Phitsanulok and Chiang Mai, respectively

19 Dec 2013

AirAsia Zest touches down in Kota Kinabalu from Cebu, Philippines

19 Dec 2013

AirAsia celebrates 26th route into China with inaugural direct flight from Kota Kinabalu to Hangzhou

20 Dec 2013

AirAsia Philippines resumes flight from Clark International Airport to Hong Kong until 6 January following management’s decision to move domestic flights to Kalibo, Davao and Manila’s Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 4

24 Dec 2013

AirAsia X celebrates Christmas Eve by presenting a surprise Christmas gift to 331 passengers onboard flight D7 372 from Kuala Lumpur to Taipei

27 Dec 2013

AirAsia Indonesia officially opens RedHouse, its new headquarters located near Soekarno-Hatta International Airport, Tangerang. The iconic building is home to more than 2,000 employees who were previously scattered in different offices throughout Jakarta

2014

7 Jan 2014

AirAsia’s inaugural Chiang Mai to Hong Kong daily flight takes off

10 Jan 2014

AirAsia Berhad is named ‘Best Managed Company in Asia for the Airlines & Aviation sector’, for Euromoney’s ‘Best Managed and Governed Companies – Asia Poll 2014

21 Jan 2014

AirAsia receives regional recognition at the 27th ASEANTA Awards for Excellence 2013 with two accolades – Best Asean Tourism Photo by AirAsia’s photojournalist Adam Lee and Best ASEAN Marketing & Promotional Campaign

27 Jan 2014

AirAsia introduces three new domestic routes connecting East and Peninsular Malaysia: Kuching – Langkawi, Miri – Penang, Miri – Terengganu

30 Jan 2014

Aimia, AirAsia and Think BIG Digital form partnership to grow AirAsia BIG Loyalty Programme

4 Feb 2014

Thai AirAsia X obtains its Air Operator’s Certificate (AOC) and appoints Nadda Buranasiri as the new CEO

11 Feb 2014

AirAsia introduces three new exclusive routes – Johor Bahru – Tawau, Singapore – Kota Bharu, Singapore – Terengganu

17 Feb 2014

AirAsia Thailand is named the winner of Flightstat’s 5th annual Airline On Time Performance in the Low Cost Airline category for achieving an OTP of 92% in 2013

18 Feb 2014

AirAsia Indonesia launches Travel3Sixty Indonesia

28 Feb 2014

AirAsia’s very first travel expo – AirAsia Travel Fair (AATF) receives an impressive public turnout

5 Mar 2014

AirAsia – Caterham Moto Racing Team is set to race

11 Mar 2014

AirAsia supports Suu Foundation for better healthcare and education in Myanmar

17 Mar 2014

AirAsia X expands Japan operations with first flight into Nagoya

22 Mar 2014

AirAsia India’s first Airbus A320 touches down at Madras International Airport, Chennai at 9.25am from the Airbus factory in Toulouse, France to a water cannon salute

22 Mar 2014

AirAsia commences four inaugural flights from Sarawak to Penang, Langkawi, Terengganu and Kota Bharu

1 Apr 2014

Joy Caneba is named AirAsia Zest CEO, while Maan Hontiveros is Chair of the Board

14 Apr 2014

Zest announces partnership with Robinsons Department Store for Filipinos to make cash payments for flights and other AirAsia purchases, at department store counters

22 Apr 2014

Thai AirAsia X is launched, making it the first low-cost, long-haul airline in Thailand

22 Apr 2014

AirAsia receives first international flight from Singapore into Kuala Terengganu, the first international destination to and from the East Coast of Peninsular Malaysia

30 Apr 2014

AirAsia Indonesia celebrates the inauguration of its first female captain – Captain Dewi Meiliani

4 May 2014

AirAsia reconnects Kuala Lumpur with Cebu, Philippines with thrice weekly flights

8 May 2014

AirAsia welcomes its first flight at klia2 from Ho Chi Minh to Kuala Lumpur. Guests on AK 539 make history by being the first group of AirAsia guests to disembark at the new airport

8 May 2014

AirAsia India is awarded an Air Operating Permit (AOP) by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation, Government of India

11 May 2014

350 Allstars – wearing red T-shirts with the words ‘Can I help you?’ – volunteers full time at klia2 to help guests navigate the new airport

22 May 2014

AirAsia Thailand calls on youth to explore the world with the ‘Learning by Flying’ campaign offering 12 free international travel scholarships

23 May 2014

AirAsia raises a total of USD 2.17 million from its ‘To Philippines with Love’ campaign (#toPHwithlove) in aid of reconstruction efforts in Typhoon Haiyan affected areas

30 May 2014

AirAsia India celebrates the announcement of inaugural routes by offering over 25,000 promo seats at only Rs 5. The seats were sold out within 48 hours of opening for booking

31 May 2014

AirAsia unveils exclusive Taylor Swift aircraft livery in conjunction with upcoming THE RED TOUR in Southeast Asia

11 Jun 2014

Taylor Swift arrives in Kuala Lumpur on AirAsia’s A320 aircraft for her tour

12 Jun 2014

AirAsia India officially takes off with its inaugural flight from Bengaluru to Goa

17 Jun 2014

AirAsia X Thailand launches first flight from Bangkok to Seoul

18 Jun 2014

AirAsia presents WPUA Carnival In Kuching, Sarawak, a celebration to bring AirAsia closer to the public service community in Sarawak

19 Jun 2014

AirAsia India starts flying from Bengaluru to Chennai

1 Jul 2014

AirAsia returns to Japan with new franchise partners – Octave Japan Infrastructure Fund I GK, Rakuten Inc, Noevir Holdings Co Ltd and Alpen Co Ltd

2 Jul 2014

AirAsia X celebrates inaugural flight from Kuala Lumpur to Xi’An, marking it as the only airline from Kuala Lumpur to connect both cities

7 Jul 2014

AirAsia X commences flights to Narita and Osaka from Kuala Lumpur

11 Jul 2014

3 inaugural international AirAsia flights depart from Johor Bahru for Ho Chi Minh, Yogyakarta and Lombok

15 Jul 2014

AirAsia X signs MOU worth US$13.8 billion for the A330neo

15 Jul 2014

AirAsia is once again named ‘World’s Best Low Cost Airline’ at the 2014 World Airline Awards for the 6th consecutive time. AirAsia X is named ‘World’s Best Low Cost-Airline – Premium Class Seat’ and ‘World’s Best Low-Cost Airline – Premium Cabin’ by Skytrax

20 Jul 2014

AirAsia India commences operations from Kochi

24 Jul 2014

AirAsia reconnects Kuala Lumpur to Cebu with inaugural flight

28 Jul 2014

AirAsia Thailand launches twice daily Don Mueang-Sakon Nakhon flights

3 Aug 2014

AirAsia commemorates Skytrax win with special promotion of over 850, 000 seats with all-in fares from as low as RM46 one-way for domestic flights and RM60 for international flights

14 Aug 2014

AirAsia relaunches low cost courier RedBox

29 Aug 2014

AirAsia relaunches flight from Kuala Lumpur to Da Nang

1 Sep 2014

AirAsia X Thailand launches inaugural flights from Bangkok to Narita International Airport, Tokyo and Kansai International Airport, Osaka

Sep 2014

AirAsia X Indonesia obtains its Air Operator’s Certificate (AOC)

5 Sep 2014

AirAsia India celebrates its inaugural flight from Bengaluru to Jaipur and Chandigarh

16 Sep 2014

AirAsia Thailand launches direct flights from Krabi to Guangzhou

26 Sep 2014

AirAsia incorporates its wholly owned leasing entity, Asia Aviation Capital Limited

11 Oct 2014

AirAsia receives ‘Asia’s Leading Low-Cost Airline’ by the World Travel Awards for the 3rd consecutive year

14 Oct 2014

Maan Hontiveros, Chair of AirAsia Philippines, is named as one of the ‘100 Most Influential Filipina Women in the World’ in 2014 by the Filipina Women’s Network

17 Oct 2014

AirAsia recommences direct flights from Kuala Lumpur to Clark

21 Oct 2014

AirAsia collaborates with Ministry of Youth and Sports to promote MotoGP interest among Malaysian youth

23 Oct 2014

AirAsia boosts ASEAN connectivity with direct flights from Kuala Lumpur to Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar

1 Nov 2014

AirAsia Thailand launches the inaugural Chiang Mai – Surat Thani flight

4 Nov 2014

AirAsia officially launches onboard Wi-Fi service, known as roKKi Chats with RM5 introductory price

4 Nov 2014

INTERPOL and AirAsia reaffirm commitment on integration of I-Checkit system

12 Nov 2014

AirAsia announces appointment as Official Airline Partner of Filipino boxing champ and congressman Manny Pacquiao

14 Nov 2014

AirAsia announces the development of its new Malaysian headquarters at klia2

18 Nov 2014

AirAsia unveils new uniforms for its Ground Operations team featuring latest fabric technology by HPE Clothing

20 Nov 2014

AirAsia announces its own ASEAN Pass, which enables travellers to utilise pre-purchased credits to book flights at a fixed rate on selected routes throughout ASEAN

20 Nov 2014

AirAsia India adds Pune to its network

21 Nov 2014

AirAsia takes LINE Characters to the skies

21 Nov 2014

AirAsia commences flights to Narita, Tokyo

22 Nov 2014

AirAsia – QPR Coaching Clinic Tour 2014 heads to Kota Kinabalu to nurture young football talents

28 Nov 2014

AirAsia X welcomes the 22nd Airbus A330-300 ‘Rhythmic Experience’ powered by Rolls-Royce 1,500th Trent 700

Dec 2014

AirAsia X becomes one of the first airlines in the region to receive approval from DCA Malaysia to use Portable Electronic Devices (Apple iPads) as navigation and reference tools, reducing the weight of hard copy charts and manuals onboard

3 Dec 2014

AirAsia unveils ‘Thank You Sabah’ special aircraft livery, dedicated to the people of Sabah

8 Dec 2014

World Travel Awards declares AirAsia as ‘World’s Leading Low-Cost Airline’ for 2 years in a row

10 Dec 2014

AirAsia signs sports icon Park Ji Sung as Global Ambassador

12 Dec 2014

AirAsia Philippines celebrates inaugural Cebu-Davao and Cebu-Cagayan de Oro flights

13 Dec 2014

Twelve participants outdo each other in ‘AirAsia’s Great 13th Anniversary Challenge’ to win a year of free flights

17 Dec 2014

AirAsia India’s inaugural flights from Bengaluru to Pune and Jaipur take off

23 Dec 2014

AirAsia welcomes 1600 pandas to Malaysia on a journey to spread the message of panda conservation and sustainable development

28 Dec 2014

Marking the greatest tragedy in AirAsia history, flight QZ 8501 crashes into the Java Sea en route from Surabaya to Singapore with 166 passengers and crew onboard

2015

19 Jan 2015

AirAsia X Indonesia launches inaugural flight from Bali to Taipei

26 Jan 2015

AirAsia announces the abolishment of fuel surcharge in line with falling global oil prices

30 Jan 2015

AirAsia X announces leadership changes with Datuk Kamarudin Meranun as Group CEO and Benyamin Ismail as Acting CEO of AirAsia X

13 Feb 2015

AirAsia X launches inaugural flight from Kuala Lumpur to Chongqing, China

23 Feb 2015

AirAsia introduces the AirAsia ASEAN Pass and AirAsia ASEAN Pass+ to make travelling within the region a seamless experience

24 Feb 2015

Aireen Omar is recognised as ‘Malaysia’s Top 10 Most Inspiring Young Leaders and Personalities’ by UCSI University

25 Feb 2015

AirAsia Thailand inaugurates flights from Don Mueang to three local destinations: Nan, Loei, and Roi Et

17 Mar 2015

Aireen Omar is named one of Corporate Treasurer’s ‘25 Most Influential Women in Treasury

18 Mar 2015

AirAsia commemorates Malaysia’s Chairmanship of ASEAN with a special aircraft livery, unveiled at the Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition

20 Mar 2015

AirAsia Foundation raises RM902,447 for its East Coast Relief Fund to help Mercy Malaysia re-equip damaged rural clinics and roll out Malaysia’s first flood preparedness programme in schools

21 Mar 2015

AirAsia India welcomes its fourth aircraft, dedicated to JRD Tata, the man widely acknowledged as being an aviation pioneer in the country

27 Mar 2015

AirAsia marks Women’s Month and the return of Manila–Davao flight with an all-female flight crew

27 Mar 2015

AirAsia’s three latest routes take off: Kuala Lumpur-Pontianak, Johor Bahru-Medan, Kota Kinabalu-Cebu

1 Apr 2015

AirAsia fulfills dreams of four aspiring young footballers from Thailand, Malaysia and China with a QPR coaching clinic at Loftus Road, London

8 Apr 2015

AirAsia announces self-service features such as Self Bag Drop and Home Tag

15 Apr 2015

AirAsia signs MOU with UnionPay International in Shanghai

15 Apr 2015

Tony Fernandes is on the 2015 TIME 100, TIME Magazine’s annual list of the ‘100 most influential people in the world’

23 Apr 2015

World Bloggers and Social Media Awards award AirAsia for ‘Best Social Media Engagement’

24 Apr 2015

AirAsia offers T&Co premium handcrafted coffees such as espresso, long black, cappuccino and latte on board selected flights with the introduction of Barista in the Skies

25 Apr 2015

AirAsia is awarded ‘Priority Integration Sector Award in Aviation’ in Asean Business Awards Malaysia

28 Apr 2015

AirAsia surprises guests of the inaugural Manny Pacquiao ‘Pacman’ plane with free passes to a live viewing party of the Pacman vs Mayweather fight while two Pacman fans, Catherine Cabardo and her 11 year old son James also received free roundtrip seats to attend the match

1 May 2015

AirAsia X Thailand launches inaugural flight from Bangkok to Sapporo, breaking a 2-year monopoly by the Thai national carrier

5 May 2015

AirAsia signs MOA with 20 public universities in Malaysia benefiting 650, 000 staff members and students to travel more affordably

7 May 2015

AirAsia introduces limited edition t-shirts to raise funds for MAKNA

8 May 2015

AirAsia Foundation is the first corporate foundation to receive accreditation as a civil society organisation by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)

9 May 2015

AirAsia celebrates first Manila–Hong Kong flight with special treats for Mother’s Day

11 May 2015

AirAsia Indonesia launches the e-boarding pass for all domestic flights operated from Soekarno-Hatta International Airport, Jakarta

12 May 2015

AirAsia X receives the IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) Registration

14 May 2015

AirAsia Philippines launches the e-boarding pass to enhance the passenger experience

17 May 2015

AirAsia announces new route connecting Johor Bahru and Bangkok

18 May 2015

AirAsia X Indonesia launches its inaugural flight from Bali to Melbourne

21 May 2015

AirAsia India announces its 2nd hub – New Delhi, connecting the national capital with Bengaluru, Guwahati and Goa

29 May 2015

AirAsia launches AirAsia Runway Ready for Young Designers

2 Jun 2015

AirAsia Thailand is voted Best of Airline in the Best of Thailand Awards, organised by the Tourism Authority of Thailand, based on the votes of 5.56 million users of weibo.com

4 Jun 2015

AirAsia India adds Imphal to its network of destinations with daily flights from Guwahati

8 Jun 2015

AirAsia transports relief items to Kota Kinabalu following the Sabah earthquake in a collaboration with the Malaysian Volunteer Fire and Rescue Association (MVFRA)

11 Jun 2015

AirAsia announces the ASEAN Traveller Contest, which will see five winners exploring Asia with the AirAsia ASEAN Pass

16 Jun 2015

Skytrax names AirAsia as Asia’s and World’s Best Low-Cost Airline for 7th consecutive year, while AirAsia X is recognised as World’s Best Low-Cost Airline Premium Cabin & Premium Seat for 3rd consecutive year at the Paris Air Show in Le Bourget

17 Jun 2015

AirAsia launches Airbus Smarter Fleet Electronic Flight Folder which allows pilots to conveniently access the briefing package

29 Jun 2015

AirAsia Thailand launches 5 weekly flights from Bangkok to Bengaluru, India

1 Jul 2015

AirAsia partners with roKKi to offer Twitter access to guests onboard

3 Jul 2015

AirAsia presents street dance competition ‘AirAsia Battle of the Year Malaysia 2015’

16 Jul 2015

AirAsia commences maiden flight AK171 from Kuala Lumpur to Kaohsiung

16 Jul 2015

AirAsia commences inaugural Kuala Lumpur-Pattaya route, making it the 7th Thai destination from Kuala Lumpur

16 Jul 2015

AirAsia and Nikon launch #IamAirAsiaTravelPhotographer contest

6 Aug 2015

AirAsia Badminton Academy sets smashing partnership with Fleet to provide complete branded badminton training kit to all AirAsia Badminton Academy players

10 Aug 2015

AirAsia celebrates ASEAN’s 48th Anniversary

10 Aug 2015

AirAsia and PBMT Indonesia to support the development of productive communities in Indonesia

10 Aug 2015

AirAsia celebrates 300 million guests milestone when Jodie Lazuardie, an art director based in Jakarta makes the 300 millionth booking to fly from Kuala Lumpur to Jakarta

11 Aug 2014

AirAsia India crosses the 1 million mark in the number of guests flown

12 Aug 2015

AirAsia reveals 16-time Grammy award winner, the ‘Hitman’ David Foster as the new global ambassador

16 Aug 2015

Winners of AirAsia Runway Ready Designer Search 2015 revealed on KL Fashion Week Runway

18 Aug 2015

AirAsia and AirAsia X launches a new inflight menu themed SANTAN, replacing AirAsia Cafe as part of a move towards providing guests with an enhanced gourmet experience while flying

21 Aug 2015

Philippines AirAsia and Henann Group of Resorts reveal special aircraft livery

22 Aug 2015

AirAsia clinches Gold at Putra Brand Awards for the 6th consecutive year

27 Aug 2015

AirAsia Group joins relief efforts in Myanmar, where over 1 million people have been critically affected by floods

27 Aug 2015

AirAsia launches inaugural Kuala Lumpur-Goa flight

29 Aug 2015

AirAsia organises a foreign object debris (FOD) exercise to clear the tarmac of any object that can potentially cause damage to aircraft and to instil awareness among Allstars that everyone plays a part to uphold the highest standards of safety

10 Sep 2015

AirAsia is awarded the Best Low-Cost Airline by Business Traveller Asia-Pacific Travel Awards 2015

1 Sep 2015

AirAsia X names Benyamin Ismail as CEO

6 Sep 2015

AirAsia Indonesia once again sponsors the AirAsia Bali Beach Run, the largest beach run in Indonesia

17 Sep 2015

AirAsia Indonesia makes the e-boarding pass available for all domestic and international flights

21 Sep 2015

AirAsia supports the dreams of three young cyclists on their journey from United Kingdom to Malaysia

28 Sep 2015

AirAsia Thailand establishes its 5th hub at U-Tapao International Airport, Pattaya

28 Sep 2015

AirAsia X Thailand celebrates its inaugural flight from Bangkok to Shanghai, China

2 Oct 2015

AirAsia celebrates launch of its 10th China destination: Kuala Lumpur-Changsha

1 Oct 2015

AirAsia X celebrates inaugural direct flight from Kuala Lumpur to Sapporo

2 Oct 2015

AirAsia celebrates launch of its 10th China destination: Kuala Lumpur – Changsha

6 Oct 2015

AirAsia Japan is granted Air Operator’s Certificate (AOC)

15 Oct 2015

AirAsia India is the title sponsor of the USD50,000 prize money for the ATP Challenger Tour in Bengaluru

16 Oct 2015

AirAsia Indonesia and Tune Protect celebrate National Insurance Day 2015 by giving away complimentary baggage wrapping and umbrellas to guests

17 Oct 2015

AirAsia X Indonesia celebrates inaugural flight from Bali to Sydney, Australia

18 Oct 2015

AirAsia contributes RM197,945.64 to the National Cancer Council through #AirAsiaMAKNA campaign

23 Oct 2015

Travel Weekly Asia readers name AirAsia as Best Low-Cost Carrier

30 Oct 2015

AirAsia creates history by being the first and only low-cost carrier to be nominated and win Leading Cabin Crew for the World Travel Awards

31 Oct 2015

AirAsia introduces direct flights from Penang to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

7 Nov 2015

30 Allstars participate in the Allstars Cooking Challenge held in Kuala Lumpur in conjunction with AirAsia’s sponsorship of MasterChef Asia

7 Nov 2015

AirAsia Foundation presents ‘Destination: GOOD – ASEAN Social Enterprise in Kuala Lumpur’ – an inaugural social enterprise event to mark the coming into force of the ASEAN Economic Community and Malaysia’s Chairmanship of ASEAN

8 Nov 2015

AirAsia Thailand flies coaches from QPR to hold the 2nd AirAsia QPR Coaching Clinic at Chonburi, Thailand. The tour then proceeds to Singapore, Malaysia before culminating in Shanghai on 19 December

18 Nov 2015

AirAsia launches a new mobile app with better features, smoother functionality and improved interface – available in 11 languages

20 Nov 2015

AirAsia announces new direct flights from Langkawi to Guangzhou, China

21 Nov 2015

AirAsia awarded ‘Priority Integration Sector in Aviation’ at the 8th ASEAN Business Awards for its contributions to Asean’s economic growth and the aviation industry

21 Nov 2015

AirAsia’s Travel3Sixty magazine celebrates its 100th issue

23 Nov 2015

AirAsia is recognised for its contribution towards Sabah’s tourism growth with a Best Airline Award and the Minister Special Award

27 Nov 2015

AirAsia Thailand launches 4 new routes from Pattaya to Chiang Mai, Udon Thani, Singapore, and Macau

28 Nov 2015

AirAsia embarks on #GREEN24, an initiative to promote sustainability with a clean-up at Kanching Rainforest Waterfall in Selangor which sees the participation of over 150 Allstars

28 Nov 2015

AirAsia Indonesia becomes the official airline partner of Djakarta Warehouse Project (DWP) 2015, Indonesia’s biggest dance music festival

1 Dec 2015

AirAsia Japan appoints Osamu Hatta as CEO

7 Dec 2015

AirAsia Philippines pilot Captain Darren De Ocampo and his co-pilot, First Officer Victor Martin Mariano, are presented the Kahusayan award by the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) for their expert handling of the plane when it encountered technical issues during a flight from Incheon to Manila in July

8 Dec 2015

AirAsia India wins Best LCC at the India Travel Awards – North, held in Jaipur

12 Dec 2015

AirAsia CEO Aireen Omar is part of a plenary session on Tourism for Development at the World Bank Group Tourism Forum at Washington. Her presence at the forum reinforces AirAsia’s thought leadership and enables AirAsia to influence the global travel and tourism industry.

13 Dec 2015

AirAsia wins 3 awards at the World Travel Awards 2015 – ‘World’s Leading Low-Cost Airline’ for the 3rd consecutive year, ‘World’s Leading Low-Cost Airline Website’ and ‘World’s Leading Low-Cost Airline App

15 Dec 2015

AirAsia Philippines officially launches its new inflight menu, themed Santan, with items such as Bangus Sisig, a traditional Filipino dish

16 Dec 2015

AirAsia Indonesia is named Indonesia’s ‘Leading International Low Cost Airline’ for the 2nd consecutive year by the Indonesia Travel & Tourism Awards Foundation (ITTA)

25 DEC 2015

AirAsia India guests arriving at Bengaluru in the morning are delighted to find Christmas gifts for them on the baggage belt, with compliments from AirAsia India

Now everyone
can fly

2016

TODAY

2016

9 Jan 2016

AirAsia Anniversary Challenge winner Douglas Yip walks away with a year’s worth of free flights in conjunction with AirAsia’s 14th anniversary celebrations

22 Jan 2016

Inaugural Kota Kinabalu-Wuhan flight takes off

24 JAN 2016

AirAsia launches inaugural flight from Guangzhou to Langkawi

25 Jan 2016

AirAsia celebrates inaugural flight from Ho Chi Minh City to Penang

30 JAN 2016

Group-wide #GREEN24 climate change awareness movement kicks off in all regional stations

4 FEB 2016

AirAsia X celebrates inaugural flight from Kuala Lumpur to New Delhi

19 FEB 2016

Tony Fernandes is awarded the Fourth Pillar by the US-ASEAN Business Council for his extraordinary contributions towards strengthening US-ASEAN ties

15 MAR 2016

AirAsia Thailand introduces 2 new routes to India: From Bangkok to Kochi, and Kolkata

19 Mar 2016

AirAsia joins Earth Hour to promote climate action

22 Mar 2016

AirAsia celebrates inaugural flight to Yangon from Penang, making it the seventh international destination from Penang

23 MAR 2016

AirAsia X enters New Zealand with inaugural Kuala Lumpur-Auckland flight

24 MAR 2016

AirAsia Thailand connects Thailand and Laos for the first time, completing coverage of the 4 Indochinese markets

25 MAR 2016

AirAsia grows China network with 14th exclusive route: Kuala Lumpur-Shantou inaugural flight

29 MAR 2016

AirAsia Runway Ready Designer Search 2016 expands reach to 5 ASEAN countries

1 APR 2016

AirAsia Thailand celebrates arrival of first flight from Hat Yai to Johor Bahru, the 6th international route from AirAsia Thailand into Senai International Airport

7 APR 2016

AirAsia becomes Mirus Aircraft Seating Ltd’s first customer for the new Hawk slimline economy seat, engineered to deliver significant cabin space and weight savings while preserving passenger comfort

15 APR 2016

AirAsia India introduces 30 self check-in kiosks at Kempegowda International Airport Bengaluru

16 MAY 2016

AirAsia India welcomes its 2.5 millionth guest, Akshay Sharma

30 MAY 2016

Daily flights from Guangzhou to Johor Bahru commence

6 JUN 2016

Dendy Kurniawan is appointed as Group CEO of AirAsia Indonesia. Pak Dendy joined AirAsia Indonesia as CFO since May 2014.

10 JUN 2016

The Asian Aviation Centre of Excellence (AACE) inaugurates a new A330 CAE 7000XR Series full-flight simulator

13 JUN 2016

AirAsia appoints Kathleen Tan as President of the North Asia business, responsible for building AirAsia’s market in China, Hong Kong, Macau, Japan, South Korea and Taiwan

14 JUN 2016

King Power takes a 39% stake in Asia Aviation Plc (AAV) by purchasing THB7.945 billion worth of shares in the company from AirAsia Thailand CEO Tassapon Bijleveld and his family

21 JUN 2016

AirAsia X celebrates inaugural direct flight from Kuala Lumpur to Tehran

22 JUN 2016

AirAsia X Thailand celebrates inaugural flight from Bangkok to Tehran

30 JUN 2016

AirAsia India unveils an all-new rebranded aircraft with livery featuring superstar Rajinikanth in ‘Kabali’

12 JUL 2016

AirAsia is named ‘World’s Best Low-Cost Airline’ and ‘Asia’s Best Low-Cost Airline’ by Skytrax for the 8th year running

18 AUG 2016

AirAsia supports MAKNA Klimb Kinabalu 2016

2 SEP 2016

AirAsia opens Premium Red Lounge to guests at klia2

8 SEP 2016

AirAsia gifts free flights to ASEAN Olympic medallists

15 SEP 2016

AirAsia becomes the first airline in Asean to fly the Airbus A320neo aircraft, enhancing our fuel efficiency by another 16%-20%, saving up to 666 litres of fuel per flight

23 SEP 2016

AirAsia announces sponsorship of Korean drama On The Way to the Airport by KBS. The main characters are depicted as an AirAsia pilot and cabin crew.

4 OCT 2016

AirAsia X lands at Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport in Port Louis, Mauritius, marking our first foray into the African continent

11 OCT 2016

AirAsia gives away free flights to ASEAN Paralympic medallists, with gold medal winners receiving a lifetime of free flights

12 OCT 2016

AirAsia enables guests in Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia to book and manage their flights with LINE

15 OCT 2016

AirAsia wins Asia’s ‘Leading Low-Cost Airline’ and Asia’s ‘Leading In-Flight Service’ awards at the World Travel Awards Asia 2016 in Da Nang, Vietnam

19 OCT 2016

Australian singer and X Factor judge Guy Sebastian is named AirAsia X’s latest ambassador

30 OCT 2016

#AirAsiaMAKNA 2016 campaign raises RM350,000 for cancer charity In Malaysia

3 NOV 2016

AirAsia X unveils a special 9th birthday livery dedicated to guests and Allstars, in the Gold Coast – AirAsia X’s first destination launched in 2007

7 NOV 2016

After lodging as tenants in Subang Airport, KLIA and LCCT, Allstars finally move into our new home – RedQ (short for RedQuarters), our new corporate base in Malaysia

8 NOV 2016

AirAsia Indonesia launches Captain Monika Anggreini’s biography ‘Burung Besi Monika’ at AirAsia’s head office in Indonesia, Redhouse

12 NOV 2016

AirAsia Indonesia hosts 47 travel and lifestyle bloggers from across 12 Asian countries at the 3rd Bloggers’ Community Party in Jakarta

19 NOV 2016

AirAsia Thailand welcomes first Airbus A320neo aircraft

20 NOV 2016

AirAsia India launches ‘Santan – Flavours On Wheels’ food truck in Bengaluru to take AirAsia’s wide range of inflight meals to the people of Bengaluru

21 NOV 2016

AirAsia launches exclusive Kuala Lumpur-Luang Prabang route, connecting all 10 Asean countries

21 NOV 2016

Inaugural AirAsia Philippines flight from Manila to Taipei takes off

25 NOV 2016

AirAsia collaborates with Teach For Malaysia in #GirlsCanDoAnything campaign

25 NOV 2016

AirAsia Philippines expands Cebu hub with flights to Taipei and Singapore

2 DEC 2016

AirAsia named ‘World’s Leading Low-Cost Airline’ for the fourth year in a row at the 12th World Travel Awards (WTA) Grand Final in Male, Maldives

6 DEC 2016

AirAsia FC signs 22 new players

8 DEC 2016

AirAsia BIG Mobile App is launched, enabling AirAsia BIG members to search and redeem flights and manage member accounts anytime, anywhere

21 DEC 2016

Tony Fernandes goes live on Workplace for the first time to Allstars across the group, marking a new age of internal communications for AirAsia

2017

9 JAN 2017

AirAsia is named The Most Influential Airline in China at the 2016 New Power of Travel Awards hosted by Sina Travel and Youku Travel

10 JAN 2017

Captain Dexter Comendador is officially named CEO of AirAsia Philippines

11 JAN 2017

AirAsia signs young Malaysian bodybuilder Faiz Ariffin to support his bid to conquer Asian and world championships in 2017

19 JAN 2017

AirAsia X introduces new Xcite Inflight Entertainment tab onboard AirAsia X flights

24 JAN 2017

AirAsia X becomes first Asian low-cost carrier to secure approval to operate scheduled passenger flights to the US

3 FEB 2017

AirAsia kicks off inaugural Malaysia Rugby League as main sponsor

11 FEB 2017

AirAsia inks sports partnership as title sponsor for KL Junior League

16 FEB 2017

AirAsia announces direct flights from Johor Bahru to Tawau

25 FEB 2017

AirAsia partners with British Olympic swimmer Ben Proud to coach up and coming competitive swimmers in Asean

2 MAR 2017

Eight winners from AirAsia-QPR clinic goes off to London for an intensive week-long training course and friendly match

8 MAR 2017

Cabin crew and pilots begin trial for sign on at RedQ before departing for flights

19 MAR 2017

Singapore’s Aviato wins AirAsia’s first ever hackathon – ‘Airvolution’ with the best solution on how to profile AirAsia’s fans based on their digital social footprint

21 MAR 2017

AirAsia X cabin crew Assraf Nasir becomes global internet sensation with his recreation of Britney Spears ‘Toxic’ in an empty aircraft, with the video garnering more than 15 million views

24 MAR 2017

AirAsia announces Langkawi’s third direct international connectivity to Shenzhen, China

30 MAR 2017

AirAsia, through wholly-owned subsidiary AirAsia Investment Limited, signs agreement to form a joint venture to establish a low-cost carrier in Vietnam with Gumin Company Limited, Tran Trong Kien and Hau Au Aviation Joint Stock Company

3 APR 2017

AirAsia forms a Green and Environmental Affairs department

10 APR 2017

AirAsia signs up as the Official Airline Partner and Gold Sponsor for the SEA Games and ASEAN Para Games

17 APR 2017

AirAsia launches the #DARETODREAM sports initiative with national heroes – track cyclists Azizulhasni Awang, Fatehah Mustapa, and diver Leong Mun Yee

27 APR 2017

AirAsia X flies Malaysian contingent to the 2017 Total BWF Sudirman Cup

27 APR 2017

AirAsia marks another milestone as the first international airline to land in Bhubaneswar, India

10 MAY 2017

Tourism Malaysia and AirAsia join forces to promote tourism with a two-year agreement targeting North Asia, South Asia, the Middle East, Australia and New Zealand

17 MAY 2017

AirAsia and Terengganu State Government collaborates to boost tourist arrivals into Terengganu

14 MAY 2017

AirAsia and China’s Everbright and Henan Government Working Group sign MoU in Beijing to establish a low-cost carrier (LCC) in China

17 MAY 2017

AirAsia unveils dedicated aircraft to remember our late COO, Anaz Ahmad Tajuddin

22 MAY 2017

AirAsia hosts Santan Food Festival, the largest inflight food tasting event in Asia, showcasing Santan hot meals across its network

5 JUN 2017

AirAsia launches inaugural flight from Kuching to Pontianak

5 JUN 2017

AirAsia is named ‘Asia’s Leading Low-Cost Airline’ for the 5th year running and wins ‘Asia’s Leading Low-Cost Airline Cabin Crew’ at the 2017 World Travel Awards Asia and Australasia

8 JUN 2017

AirAsia names Celia Lao as CEO of Hong Kong and Macau

16 JUN 2017

AirAsia launches ‘Adventure Live’ – a unique interactive travel series featuring two hosts (Natalie Kniese and Denise Chan) in six ASEAN cities over six weeks – livestreamed to AirAsia’s 10 million Facebook fans

21 JUN 2017

AirAsia celebrates being named Skytrax’s ‘World’s Best Low-Cost Airline’ for the ninth year in a row at the Paris Air Show with AirAsia ambassador David Foster and Brazilian football legend Roberto Carlos

22 JUN 2017

AirAsia commences first flight from Johor Bahru to Kuala Terengganu, marking Johor Bahru’s ninth domestic route and Kuala Terengganu’s second domestic route after Kuala Lumpur

24 JUN 2017

AirAsia flies Filipino boxing legend Manny ‘Pacman’ Pacquaio in an Airbus A330 with special livery from his training camp in the Philippines to Brisbane, Australia to defend his WBO welterweight title against Jeff Horn

28 JUN 2017

AirAsia X flight D7 001 makes history by being the first Asean low-cost carrier to touch down in Honolulu, Hawaii

6 JUL 2017

AirAsia launches MyCorporate, a suite of products exclusively made for business travellers that also allows companies to access a convenient online booking system and comprehensive reporting of corporate travel expenses

11 JUL 2017

AirAsia celebrates its 10th anniversary of flying to Shenzhen, China, marking a decade since AirAsia introduced low-cost air travel to Shenzhen with direct flights from Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok and Kota Kinabalu

4 AUG 2017

AirAsia, Official Airline Partner and Gold Sponsor for the 29th Southeast Asian Games and 9th ASEAN Para Games, welcomes the Kuala Lumpur 2017 torch to RedQ as part of the KL2017 Torch Run across all Malaysian states and territories

8 AUG 2017

AirAsia Indonesia appoints Raline Shah as Independent Commissioner

10 AUG 2017

AirAsia celebrates inaugural flight from Kuala Lumpur to Sihanoukville, Cambodia

15 AUG 2017

AirAsia’s group-wide anti-human trafficking initiative kicks off at RedQ with a regional #KnowtheSigns roadshow with US-based non-profit Airline Ambassadors International

18 AUG 2017

Tran Thi Tu from Vietnam chosen as the Grand Winner from 20 young Asean talents from all 10 Asean countries at the grand finale of the AirAsia Runway Ready Designer Search 2017

22 AUG 2017

AirAsia is named ‘Company of the Year’ by Malaysia’s leading finance publication The Edge

24 AUG 2017

AirAsia and CAE conclude sale and purchase agreement concerning the Asian Aviation Centre of Excellence (AACE), a 50:50 CAE-AirAsia joint venture, in a USD100 million transaction

25 AUG 2017

AirAsia Foundation launches its first Destination: Good pop-up shop at klia2 selling over 200 products sustainably produced by 25 Asean social enterprises

30 AUG 2017

AirAsia becomes first airline in Asean to innovate and use the Required Navigation Performance Authorisation Required Approach (RNP-AR APCH) flight procedure to shorten the distance a plane flies at the airport, effectively reducing flight time, fuel burn and carbon emissions

8 SEP 2017

AirAsia unveils the world’s first Freedom Flyer Programme, a unique loyalty programme for guests to earn AirAsia BIG Points based on how often they fly

15 SEP 2017

AirAsia celebrates inaugural flight from Kuala Lumpur to Nha Trang, making us the first airline to operate direct flights to the coastal Vietnamese city

18 SEP 2017

AirAsia X flies home 10 Malaysian victims of a fire in Christchurch, New Zealand

20 SEP 2017

AirAsia launches new direct route from Johor Bahru to Macao, our 16th route and 7th international destination from the southern Malaysian hub

28 SEP 2017

AirAsia surprises its young guests by giving away Lil’ Star Combo meals to over 7,000 children onboard 1000 flights across the AirAsia network

30 SEP 2017

AirAsia China receives first revenue through WeChat payment at Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport

4 OCT 2017

Travel3Sixty celebrates its 10th anniversary with a new look and a 3-day carnival at Fahrenheit 88, Kuala Lumpur

5 OCT 2017

AirAsia hosts our first ever Global Investor Day with a klia2 airport and ground handling guided tour

7 OCT 2017

AirAsia launches two books authored by our Allstar captains, Malaysia’s Captain Lim Khoy Hing and Captain Monika Anggreini from Indonesia

19 OCT 2017

AirAsia relocates operations at Singapore Changi Airport from Terminal 1 to the new state-of-the-art, fully automated Terminal 4

26 OCT 2017

AirAsia X celebrates its 10th anniversary at Gold Coast, Australia which was the maiden destination of AirAsia X a decade ago

29 OCT 2017

AirAsia Japan takes off with twice daily flights connecting Nagoya and Sapporo

30 OCT 2017

AirAsia and SATS Ltd, Asia’s leading provider of gateway services and food solutions, announces ground handling partnership in Asean

2 NOV 2017

Aireen Omar is named ‘APAC CEO of the Year’ and AirAsia is awarded ‘APAC Debt Deal of the Year’ at the annual Aviation 100 Awards

4 NOV 2017

AirAsia signs on to be the first ever Official Airline for the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), the world’s premier mixed martial arts organisation

6 NOV 2017

AirAsia X launches direct flight from Kuala Lumpur to Jaipur

13 NOV 2017

AirAsia and Spotify launch ‘Dreams Come True’ campaign where 20 promising musical talents from Asean vie for a chance to perform with legendary producer, songwriter and AirAsia ambassador David Foster

14 NOV 2017

To celebrate 50 years of ASEAN, AirAsia launches AirAsia Loves ASEAN, a series of initiatives focused on education, talent development and the economy in Asean

15 NOV 2017

AirAsia takes a step in a new direction to making flying safer by being one of the first airlines in Asia to train its cabin crew to recognise the signs of human trafficking in airlines

29 NOV 2017

Tony Fernandes launches his first memoir – ‘Flying High’

6 DEC 2017

Macau Tower hosted its seventh annual Crazy Jump Day, powered by AirAsia and organised by adventure tourism company AJ Hackett

13 DEC 2017

AirAsia X celebrates exclusive inaugural direct flight from Kuala Lumpur to Jeju

14 DEC 2017

Senior leadership changes in line with AirAsia’s digitalisation strategy: Aireen Omar as Deputy Group CEO (Digital, Transformation and Corporate Services), Bo Lingam as Deputy Group CEO (Airline Business), Captain Adrian Jenkins as Group Chief Operations Officer, Rozman Omar as Executive Director of AirAsia International Limited and Riad Asmat as CEO of AirAsia Malaysia

14 DEC 2017

Riad Asmat is announced as CEO of AirAsia Berhad

18 DEC 2017

AirAsia celebrates 16 years of opening doors with #AirAsiaOpenDoors campaign

21 DEC 2017

AirAsia celebrates inaugural flight from Kuala Lumpur to Davao

27 DEC 2017

AirAsia welcomes two inaugural flights: From Shenzhen to Kuching, from Bintulu to Singapore

29 DEC 2017

AirAsia Indonesia becomes part of publicly listed company PT AirAsia Indonesia Tbk (AAID) following the completion of a recent acquisition

2018

2 JAN 2018

40 little Allstars attend school at RedQ’s very own creche – Lil Stars’ Childcare

8 JAN 2018

Main shareholders of AirAsia Berhad (AAB) agree to form AirAsia Group Berhad (AAGB)

8 JAN 2018

Jenny Wakana appointed as Director and CEO of AirAsia Japan

15 JAN 2018

AirAsia introduces its own digital wallet, BigPay

26 JAN 2018

AirAsia enters esports with sponsorship of Asean Dota team Mineski

5 FEB 2018

AirAsia X launches inaugural flight from Kuala Lumpur to Jaipur, India

6 FEB 2018

AirAsia launches Fast Airport Clearance Experience System (FACES), Malaysia’s first airport facial recognition system with self-boarding gate at Senai International Airport, Johor Bahru

5 FEB 2018

AirAsia announces scholarship programme with UFC®, the world’s premier mixed martial arts organisation

12 FEB 2018

AirAsia’s ‘Adventure Live’ live interactive travel series wins four awards at Mob-Ex Awards 2018

15 FEB 2018

AirAsia Foundation joins Think City and the 9th World Urban Forum with a Social Enterprise Market and Experience Programme

1 MAR 2018

AirAsia corporate headquarters, RedQ, is officiated by the 6th Prime Minister of Malaysia

1 MAR 2018

AirAsia announces agreement with BBAM Limited Partnership (BBAM) to sell its aircraft leasing operations, Asia Aviation Capital for US$1.18 billion

3 MAR 2018

AirAsia Japan announces partnership with Nagoya Grampus, a Japanese association football club in the J1 league

7 MAR 2018

AirAsia announces selection of Salesforce to revamp customer care for the digital era

21 MAR 2018

AirAsia Japan announces partnership with Nagoya city

23 MAR 2018

AirAsia appoints legendary Brazilian footballer Roberto Carlos as the new global brand ambassador

28 MAR 2018

AirAsia teams up with Silicon Valley global startup innovation platform Plug and Play Tech Center to find the best startups in the travel industry

29 MAR 2018

AirAsia acquires majority share of Team Saiyan, one of the top-ranked teams in Mobile Legends

30 MAR 2018

AirAsia debuts new Mirus Hawk slimline seats, a lighter, high-performance seat made from carbon fibre, aluminium and genuine leather upholstery

30 MAR 2018

Datuk Kamarudin Bin Meranun is appointed as Non-Independent Executive Chairman of AirAsia Group Berhad (AAGB)

6 APR 2018

AirAsia Communications launches AirAsia Newsroom

8 APR 2018

AirAsia India receives 18th aircraft and adds four new routes from Kolkata

10 APR 2018

Malaysia’s 14th General Election: AirAsia offers fixed fares on all domestic routes, adds capacity on selected routes, extends fixed fares and waives flight change fees for bookings that fall on polling day

22 APR 2018

AirAsia’s inaugural flight from Manila to Bangkok takes off with Captain Dexter Comendador at the helm

22 APR 2018

AirAsia’s inaugural flight from Bangkok to Nanjing takes off

23 APR 2018

AirAsia partners with Sarawak Tourism Board as one of the airline partners for Borneo Jazz Festival and Rainforest World Music Festival

1 MAY 2018

AirAsia officially scraps surfboard surcharges for passengers travelling to and from Australia

3 MAY 2018

AirAsia becomes Official Supporter of the AFF Suzuki Cup 2018

14 MAY 2018

AirAsia Thailand names chief Tassapon Bijleveld as executive chairman, while founding member and Director of Commercial Santisuk Klongchaiya is named as AirAsia Thailand’s new CEO

15 MAY 2018

AirAsia celebrates 500 millionth passenger milestone

18 MAY 2018

AirAsia’s inaugural flight from Kuala Lumpur to Hua Hin takes off

8 JUN 2018

For the first time in AirAsia history, our ONE AirAsia ID card goes live across the AirAsia group

29 JUN 2018

AirAsia announces sponsorship of World Electronic Sports Games (WESG) in Asean, organised by Alisports, the sports branch of Alibaba Group

1 JUL 2018

AirAsia celebrates inaugural flight from Penang to Hanoi, Vietnam and Phuket, Thailand

4 JUL 2018

AirAsia introduces inflight marketplace OURSHOP

17 JUL 2018

Skytrax names AirAsia as the ‘World’s Best Low-Cost Airline’ for the 10th time in a row. The AirAsia Group celebrates with a regional celebration for Allstars and guests, and a special Facebook live to give away one year’s worth of free flights for one lucky winner.

16 AUG 2018

AirAsia’s inaugural flight from Kota Kinabalu to Bangkok takes off, making it the only airline to operate a direct service between the two cities and between East Malaysia and Thailand

30 SEP 2018

AirAsia Thailand launches inaugural Chiang Mai-Taipei flight

1 OCT 2018

AirAsia expands Malaysia domestic network with Johor Bahru-Ipoh and Johor Bahru-Alor Setar flights

11 OCT 2018

AirAsia announces appointment of Sunil Bhaskaran as the new CEO and managing director of AirAsia India

30 OCT 2018

AirAsia X Thailand introduces daily direct flights from Don Mueang to Nagoya, making it the foreign low cost carrier with the largest coverage of destinations in Japan

2 NOV 2018

AirAsia becomes the first airline to connect Malaysia and Phu Quoc, Vietnam with inaugural flight AK545, marking AirAsia’s fifth route into Vietnam

2019

7 JAN 2019

AirAsia abolishes RM3 fee for all flights departing from klia2

7 JAN 2019

AirAsia Thailand places 8th in the world among LCCs for On-Time Performance, highest among LCCs in Thailand

9 JAN 2019

Teleport (formerly known as RedCargo Logistics) announces its first direct partnership with global freight forwarding customer, TASCO Berhad

10 JAN 2019

AirAsia India adds eight additional flights to its network

16 JAN 2019

AirAsia Philippines announces new China routes from Kalibo International Airport

16 JAN 2019

AirAsia Philippines pioneers Farm-to-Air dining experience as part of its commitment towards Filipino farmers using only fresh ingredients sourced from farmers across the country

28 JAN 2019

AirAsia unveils AI chatbot AVA (AirAsia Virtual Allstar) with website and mobile app facelift

29 JAN 2019

AirAsia Malaysia introduces a new route to Can Tho with 4x weekly direct flights, AirAsia Thailand also connects Bangkok to Can Tho with 3x weekly direct flights

1 FEB 2019

AirAsia Japan celebrates its inaugural flight from Nagoya to Taipei

1 FEB 2019

AirAsia Malaysia launches a new route from Kuala Lumpur to Chiang Rai

4 FEB 2019

AirAsia Philippines commences Kalibo-Taipei route

8 FEB 2019

AirAsia extends partnership with UFC® after a hugely successful year topped with SPIA bronze award for Best Sponsorship

11 FEB 2019

AirAsia Thailand introduces a new route between Bangkok-Nha Trang, Vietnam with 4x weekly direct flights

15 FEB 2019

AirAsia honours Indian superstar Rajnikanth with limited edition model aircraft in ‘Kabali’ livery at his residence in Chennai

20 FEB 2019

Teleport (formerly known as RedCargo Logistics) signs an interline agreement with Air New Zealand to expand and provide market access to its respective cargo businesses

25 FEB 2019

AirAsia Thailand launches Chiang Mai – Da Nang, Vietnam – its third route in the first two months of 2019

28 FEB 2019

AirAsia opens a new technology centre in India’s Silicon Valley as part of our mission to transform into a travel and lifestyle platform company

1 MAR 2019

AirAsia Malaysia partners with the Ministry of Education of Malaysia and University of Nottingham to organise a three-day hackathon, putting over 300 university students together to foster aerospace innovation and creative thinking

6 MAR 2019

AirAsia Malaysia inks an agreement to be the exclusive official airline for the Malaysian Football League (MFL) and co-sponsors the Piala Malaysia 2019—2020

29 MAR 2019

AirAsia introduces its new global careers website – careers.airasia.com

29 MAR 2019

Teleport (formerly known as RedCargo Logistics) announces new strategic partnership with GD Express

29 MAR 2019

AirAsia announces the launch of AirAsia Philippines’ first route to Japan, connecting Manila to Osaka

30 MAR 2019

AirAsia Thailand launches Phuket-Phnom Penh

1 APR 2019

AirAsia Malaysia launches daily direct flights from Kuala Lumpur to Quanzhou, China

2 APR 2019

AirAsia.com website becomes a one-stop travel platform offering much more than just flights

3 APR 2019

AirAsia Malaysia announces extra 437 flights for the Hari Raya period between 30 May and 16 June 2019

3 APR 2019

AirAsia Thailand announces a new direct route from Chiang Rai to Shenzhen, China

8 APR 2019

AirAsia Malaysia becomes the first international carrier to fly into Can Tho, Vietnam with its inaugural flight from Kuala Lumpur

22 APR 2019

AirAsia Thailand introduces new direct flights from Bangkok to Sihanoukville, Cambodia

23 APR 2019

AirAsia India strengthens its Mumbai operations by introducing 10 new connections to Bengaluru, Kolkata, Indore, Hyderabad, New Delhi and Kochi

24 APR 2019

AirAsia introduces its Santan Celebrity Chef series with Korean Chef Hong’s Sweet & Spicy Chicken added to the inflight menu

29 APR 2019

Teleport (formerly known as RedCargo Logistics) signs an interline agreement with Oman Air to power cargo growth

30 APR 2019

AirAsia Malaysia introduces late night flights with fixed fares for the festive season, working closely with the Ministry of Transport Malaysia to make sure everyone can get home for Hari Raya

1 MAY 2019

AirAsia announces Lombok as its latest hub in Indonesia

8 MAY 2019

AirAsia Thailand introduces direct flight from Phuket to Jakarta

9 MAY 2019

OURSHOP, AirAsia’s e-commerce platform, onboards ERAMAN duty free as a partner

15 MAY 2019

AirAsia India strengthens domestic connectivity with the country’s first Kolkata-Chennai route

20 MAY 2019

AirAsia India announces the induction of its 21st Airbus A320 aircraft

31 MAY 2019

AirAsia Philippines connects Clark and Cebu in the Philippines with Kaohsiung, Taiwan, commencing on 1 August 2019

9 JUN 2019

AirAsia Indonesia commences its inaugural flight from Lombok to Perth

17 JUN 2019

AirAsia India celebrates its 5th anniversary

18 JUN 2019

AirAsia upsizes 253 A320neo orders to the larger A321neo version at the Paris Airshow at Le Bourget

18 JUN 2019

Skytrax names AirAsia as the ‘World’s Best Low-Cost Airline’ for the 11th consecutive year

25 JUN 2019

OURSHOP announces new partner, Lagardère Travel Retail in Australia, to allow travellers to pre-order and collect duty-free items from arrival and departure points in Australia

1 JUL 2019

AirAsia Philippines celebrates its first route between the Philippines and Japan (Manila-Osaka)

1 JUL 2019

AirAsia Malaysia celebrates the commencement of daily direct flights between Melaka and Penang

2 JUL 2019

AirAsia Santan teams up with (RED) to create a special inflight meal, the INSPI(RED) Burger, in support of the fight to end AIDS. Created by New York-based chef Hong Thaimee, the INSPI(RED) Burger features ingredients such as kaffir lime, fish sauce, lemongrass and nam prik noom mayo.

4 JUL 2019

Thai AirAsia X welcomes inaugural flight from Bangkok to Fukuoka, Japan

4 JUL 2019

Tony launches the bahasa Indonesia translation of his autobiography, “Flying High” in Jakarta

10 JUN 2019

AirAsia celebrates 15 years in Macao by offering special fares

16 JUL 2019

RedCargo Logistics is officially renamed as Teleport and teams up with Gobi Partners to invest in regional e-commerce and parcel delivery player, EasyParcel

31 JUL 2019

AirAsia Philippines appoints Ricardo ‘Ricky’ P Isla as its new CEO

1 AUG 2019

AirAsia Indonesia’s inaugural Bali-Labuan Bajo flight QZ644 takes off with a full flight

2 AUG 2019

AirAsia was named Gold Class 1 winner in the category of Logistics & Transportation by the Malaysian Society of Occupational Safety and Health Award

2 AUG 2019

AirAsia introduces a new ‘Red Carpet Service’ at Brisbane International Airport, redefining the low cost travel experience for its Australian guests

8 AUG 2019

AirAsia Japan inaugurates Nagoya-Sendai route with flight DJ023

8 AUG 2019

AirAsia Malaysia collects increased passenger service charge, as demanded by Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad, under protest

9 AUG 2019

AirAsia rides the waves as the official airline of the AirAsia Juraki Surf Invitational 2019. AirAsia’s very own Gold Coast station manager, Logan Mana-Howe captains the New Zealand Maori team

9 AUG 2019

AirAsia unveils a new ‘Sustainable ASEAN’ livery on its newest Airbus A320 in conjunction with ASEAN Day celebrations in Bangkok, Thailand

16 AUG 2019

AirAsia presents the future of air travel to the former Prime Minister of Malaysia, Yang Amat Berhormat Tun Dr Mahathir Bin Mohamad, in conjunction with his official visit to AirAsia RedQ

17 AUG 2019

To keep air travel affordable for all, AirAsia will be removing and absorbing processing fees for Malaysia for bookings made from 1 October 2019

19 AUG 2019

AirAsia Malaysia announces a new exclusive route from Kuala Lumpur to Belitung in Indonesia

20 AUG 2019

AirAsia celebrates 10th anniversary of Kuala Lumpur-Taipei route

21 AUG 2019

AirAsia Foundation launches its GOOD/jahat/ travel collection at Kuala Lumpur Fashion Week (KLFW) 2019 with a 12-piece collection made entirely from repurposed materials – from blankets to seat leather – sourced from AirAsia’s warehouses

23 AUG 2019

AirAsia Foundation opens its first social enterprise hub, Destination GOOD Kuala Lumpur in the historic heart of Kuala Lumpur. The space at REXKL retails more than 400 ethically produced goods sourced from over 50 social enterprises in Asean.

29 AUG 2019

AirAsia BIG adds PETRONAS Mesra to its instant points exchange platform BIG Xchange, the first ever partner with two-way points conversion

30 AUG 2019

AirAsia signs two major agreements with Airbus, covering the order of an additional 12 A330neo and 30 A321XLR aircraft, as well as a memorandum of agreement to support the development of the Malaysian aerospace industry

1 SEP 2019

AirAsia Philippines appoints lawyer Joseph Omar A. Castillo as its new Chairman of the Board

10 SEP 2019

AirAsia Foundation and REXKL celebrates Malaysia Day with a festival titled Made-in-Malaysia, including children’s lion dance and shadow puppet-making workshops, martial arts demonstrations, calligraphy lessons, and cooking classes

10 SEP 2019

AirAsia officially welcomes the first 2 Airbus A330neo aircraft (registration numbers HS-XJA and HS-XJB), the future of its long-haul fleet, by hosting a ceremonial event at Don Mueang Airport

13 SEP 2019

Business Traveller Asia Pacific names AirAsia as Best Low-Cost Airline by for the 8th year in a row, beating EasyJet and HK Express for the honour

17 SEP 2019

AirAsia Thailand announces flights from Bangkok to Varanasi, India

18 SEP 2019

AirAsia Thailand expands Vietnam footprint by announcing exclusive Da Lat-Kuala Lumpur route

19 SEP 2019

AirAsia Thailand adds new direct route from Chiang Rai to Hangzhou

20 SEP 2019

AirAsia upgrades onboard WiFi to provide high-speed inflight connectivity to guests with Inmarsat’s Ka-band platform, GX Aviation to 6 AK aircraft and 2 FD aircraft

20 SEP 2019

AirAsia celebrates 600 million guests flown with a BIG Sale and 6 million promotional seats

24 SEP 2019

In conjunction with International Coastal Cleanup Day, 40 Allstars conducted a reef and beach clean-up in Terengganu, clearing 40kg worth of ghost nets and collecting 151kg of rubbish from the Pantai Sura beachfront

25 SEP 2019

AirAsia becomes official partner of the Davis Cup by Rakuten Madrid Finals 2019

28 SEP 2019

AirAsia marks 10th year of winning Gold in the Transportation, Travel and Tourism category at the Putra Brand Awards 2019 as Malaysia’s preferred travel brand

1 OCT 2019

AirAsia rises above the competition and wins the “Grand Sweepstakes Award – 2019” at the 73rd Annual Aloha Festivals Floral Parade in Honolulu, ending Hawaiian Airlines’ reign of winning this award in the same award category for the past 20 consecutive years

1 OCT 2019

AirAsia implements reduced passenger service charge (PSC) at klia2 and other international airports in Malaysia following the Malaysian Minister of Transport’s announcement of revised PSC charges, a milestone moment for passengers everywhere

2 OCT 2019

AirAsia commences new services from Kuala Lumpur and Jakarta to Belitung, Indonesia

9 OCT 2019

AirAsia Philippines unveils new office in Manila, dubbed RedPoint. Featuring a hammock, swing areas and a gym, the space fits 2,100 Philippines Allstars

13 OCT 2019

AirAsia wins Asia’s Leading Low Cost Airline at the World Travel Awards ceremony in Phu Quoc, Vietnam. The award was received by AirAsia Malaysia CEO Riad Asmat and a group of AirAsia’s pioneer cabin crew

15 OCT 2019

40 Allstars from across ASEAN contribute to wildlife rehabilitation through #AllstarsDoGood: Hammock Amok project

16 OCT 2019

AirAsia gives away 50 all-expenses-paid holidays to Singaporeans as part of our ‘Holiday Quickies’ campaign

23 OCT 2019

AirAsia announces all-new enhancements to its mobile app for Android and iOS, including innovative new features such as new booking flow, interactive search map, flight chat rooms, boarding pass via Apple e-wallet

23 OCT 2019

Allstars celebrate Deepavali at RedQ with a banana leaf party, joined by 30 underprivileged children from Waja Home in Klang

25 OCT 2019

AirAsia is named Asia Pacific Digital Transformer of the Year at the IDC Digital Transformation Awards (DXa) 2019, beating more than 11,000 nominees

27 OCT 2019

AirAsia celebrates inaugural Manila-Bacolod flight with a water cannon at Bacolod-Silay International Airport

29 OCT 2019

AirAsia Japan celebrates 2nd anniversary of operating the Chubu-Sapporo route with a special onboard lucky draw

30 OCT 2019

AirAsia X announces Kuala Lumpur to Okinawa Naha via Taipei, strengthening its position as the carrier with the most connections and capacity between Malaysia and Japan

6 NOV 2019

AirAsia wins ‘Airline Treasury Team of the Year’ at the Asia Pacific Aviation 100 awards

8 NOV 2019

Veranita Yosephine Sinaga appointed as CEO of AirAsia Indonesia (PT Indonesia AirAsia), taking over from Dendy Kurniawan

10 NOV 2019

AirAsia X debuts inaugural flight D7672, connecting Singapore and Kuala Lumpur and increases seating capacity with the wide-body Airbus A330 aircraft

11 NOV 2019

AirAsia headquarters, RedQ goes 100% smoke-free, receiving two main certifications of Blue Ribbon from the Ministry of Health Malaysia

13 NOV 2019

AirAsia unveils a special ‘Save our Malayan Tiger’ aircraft livery in support of the Malaysian Government’s campaign to save the fast-disappearing Malayan tiger

14 NOV 2019

AirAsia India announces new routes New Delhi-Kochi and New Delhi-Ahmedabad

15 NOV 2019

In a milestone moment, AirAsia.com announces the sale of other airline flights in partnership with Kiwi.com

20 NOV 2019

AirAsia X flight D7552 takes flight from Kuala Lumpur to Tokyo Narita with the first high-speed WiFi-equipped wide-body Airbus A330

21 NOV 2019

AirAsia Group’s first A321neo touches down in KUL from Hamburg, Germany

21 NOV 2019

Teleport signs direct interline agreement with leading air cargo provider Lufthansa Cargo

25 NOV 2019

AirAsia heralds the year-end Buddhist pilgrimage season with the inaugural direct flight between Bangkok Don Mueang and Varanasi, India

26 NOV 2019

AirAsia Indonesia launches JourneyD in Desa Bonjeruk, Lombok

27 NOV 2019

AirAsia was awarded Best Sustainability in the Community at the Sustainable Business Awards (SBA) Malaysia 2019

29 NOV 2019

AirAsia wins ‘World’s Leading Low-Cost Airline’ at the World Travel Awards Grand Final in Muscat, Oman

2 DEC 2019

Santan & T&CO opens first flagship restaurant in Kuala Lumpur, bringing the inflight brand’s first Asean fast food restaurant for more customers to enjoy a variety of Asean cuisines and coffee at affordable prices

4 DEC 2019

AirAsia Thailand celebrates inaugural Hangzhou-Chiang Rai flight with a load factor of 94%

6 DEC 2019

AirAsia Group and Universal Music Group (UMG) launches RedRecords, an innovative new label partnership focused on Asian artists. At the press conference, the label announced Jannine Weigel as its marquee first artist.

10 DEC 2019

AirAsia introduces SNAP, a new name for flight + hotel packages on airasia.com offering the lowest guaranteed package prices

12 DEC 2019

Ground Team Red (GTR), a joint venture between AirAsia Bhd. and SATS Ltd. launches air cargo hub at the KLIA Air Cargo Terminal 1 (KACT1)

16 DEC 2019

AirAsia announces Jun Aida to lead AirAsia Japan Co., Ltd

17 DEC 2019

AirAsia launches AirAsia Bundle Deals with a 24-hour launch promo of only RM1

2020

22 JAN 2020

AirAsia flight D7 384 lands at Naha Airport, marking AirAsia X’s maiden flight to Okinawa, Japan

23 JAN 2020

AirAsia suspends all flights to Wuhan from Kota Kinabalu, Bangkok, and Phuket

11 FEB 2020

AirAsia and Pestle & Mortar Clothing launches ‘PMC x AirAsia: S.E.A. Pride’ – an exclusive capsule collection with the theme of celebrating and championing ASEAN

19 FEB 2020

AirAsia Indonesia unveils ‘Let’s Go To Belitung’ livery – promoting Belitung as one of the ‘10 new Balis’ initiatives

20 FEB 2020

AirAsia Philippines announces its fourth destination in Mindanao, Zamboanga. Beginning 29 March, guests can fly to “Asia’s Latin City” from Clark and Cebu

29 JAN 2020

AirAsia X introduces Leap Year special – AirAsia Unlimited Pass at only RM499 nett, getting unlimited flights for a year to destinations like Japan, India, and more

24 MAR 2020

Honouring medical frontliners in China, AirAsia introduces the Red Boarding Pass, a special pass to redeem return flights from China to Asean destinations

28 MAR 2020

AirAsia announces temporary suspension of all AK and D7 flights following strict measures to counter the COVID-19 crisis

2 APR 2020

The Movement Control Order in Malaysia spurs the beginnings of airasia food, a food delivery service to support local businesses

3 APR 2020

Santan launches in-house food delivery services to support Klang Valley residents during the lockdown. AirAsia X CEO Benyamin Ismail supports the initiative by volunteering as a delivery rider.

5 APR 2020

AirAsia Foundation launches public digital donation drive as part of the group’s #InThisTogether campaign to help vulnerable communities impacted by the pandemic

16 APR 2020

Teleport announces Freightchain, the world’s first digital air cargo network run on blockchain

29 APR 2020

AirAsia returns to service stronger with scheduled domestic flights in Malaysia. Strict health controls and social distancing protocol are in place, in compliance with the regulations.

1 MAY 2020

AirAsia Thailand (FD flight) resumes domestic operations in service for passengers in need of travel with strict health controls and social distancing protocol in place

13 MAY 2020

AirAsia implements contactless procedures for essential travel including contactless payments at the airport, contactless kiosks, Passenger Reconciliation System (PRS) as well as enhanced features on its mobile app to help ensure a smooth and safe travel experience

25 MAY 2020

airasia.com’s public digital donation initiative “Give With Ikhlas” raises RM1,200,920 – 120% of its target goal, providing for 10,737 families, 13,758 vulnerable individuals, 9,800 frontliners, 1,150 refugees, 3,000 students, 700 orphanages, and more, from the heart of the city to the Orang Asli villages.

4 JUN 2020

Redbeat Academy rolls out Bina Digital in collaboration with Google, a specialised development programme for small and medium-sized local enterprises in Malaysia

10 JUN 2020

AirAsia launches AK Unlimited Pass to stimulate and revitalise Malaysia’s domestic tourism for RM399

13 JUN 2020

AirAsia accelerates digital transformation with robotic process automation in partnership with JIFFY.ai

14 JUN 2020

AirAsia India salutes the Indian Armed Forces, offering 50,000 free seats with the AirAsia RedPass initiative

15 JUN 2020

AirAsia plants OURFARM, a new business-to-business (B2B) e-commerce platform enabling farmers to connect directly to businesses, providing logistical support

18 JUN 2020

AirAsia India becomes the first domestic airline to launch AirAsia FlyPorter, a safe door to door baggage service for its guests

23 JUN 2020

AirAsia registers highest post-hibernation sale day with a record-breaking 41,000 seats sold in a single day across AirAsia Group, signifying a strong rebound in demand for air travel

25 JUN 2020

AirAsia offers same-day credit account redemption

20 JUL 2020

AirAsia Philippines (Z2) marks its longest flight to date on a mission to repatriate 125 Filipino sea crew from India

21 JUL 2020

AirAsia Santan opens second outlet in Sunway Pyramid

27 JUL 2020

AVA spoke to 30,689,747 guests in the last 6 months. During COVID-19, the volume exploded to more than 200%.

28 JUL 2020

AirAsia’s virtual Allstar, AVA, joins WhatsApp on +601135165078. Guests can now speak to AVA 24/7, in 11 languages across 6 platforms.

1 AUG 2020

AirAsia Japan flight DJ32 departed at 9:07 for the inaugural flight connecting Fukuoka and Nagoya

7 AUG 2020

AirAsia Thailand launches two brand new domestic routes connecting Hua Hin – Chiang Mai and Hua Hin – Udon Thani

17 AUG 2020

AirAsia resumes KUL – SG flights for essential and official travellers under RGL scheme

26 AUG 2020

Santan partners with local ice-cream artisan, Crème De La Crème for a limited-edition Pak Nasser’s Nasi Lemak ice-cream and Pandan Dodol ice-cream in conjunction with Merdeka and Malaysia Day celebrations

28 AUG 2020

Taiwan introduces ‘AirAsia Kids experiential programme’ at Kaohsiung Airport amid border closures. The unique event received more than 800 registration in just 30 minutes

9 SEP 2020

AirAsia announces the formation of Asia Digital Engineering Sdn Bhd (ADE), a wholly-owned subsidiary, set to be Asia’s leading provider of engineering services for our group of airlines as well as other commercial airlines in the region

18 SEP 2020

AirAsia and Universal Music Group’s joint venture music label RedRecords releases its first official single, Passcode, by Jannine Weigel

25 SEP 2020

AirAsia Thailand becomes the only airline to serve flights to and from Bangkok from both Don Mueang Airport (DMK) and Suvarnabhumi International Airport (BKK) with the announcement of 4 routes connecting Bangkok to Chiang Mai, Phuket, Krabi and Surat Thani

28 SEP 2020

Santan receives the official franchise registration certificate in Malaysia

1 OCT 2020

airasia Digital, in partnership with Google, launches Redbeat Academy. It was also the graduation ceremony of 135 Allstars who graduated in their Digital Fundamentals course

8 OCT 2020

Santan’s first franchise at Sogo shopping mall opens, marking our new milestone in franchising Santan as the first ASEAN fast-food chain in the world

8 OCT 2020

airasia.com unveils its brand new identity online as Asean’s super app, completing our transformation from a digital airline into a comprehensive lifestyle platform for everyone. The app offers more than 15 types of products and services, marking a new era for the AirAsia Group

28 OCT 2020

AirAsia Philippines celebrates inaugural flight Z2661 connecting Manila to Mindanao, city of General Santos

2 NOV 2020

airasia.com launches airasia Health, a first-of-its-kind digital platform in Asean offering end-to-end medical services

3 NOV 2020

World Travel Awards (WTA) awards AirAsia ‘Asia’s Leading Low-Cost Airline’ for the 8th consecutive year

18 NOV 2020

BigPay receives Community Credit Licence from the Ministry of Housing and Local Government Malaysia (KPKT) to offer more financial services including credit to the B40 and M40 income groups

20 NOV 2020

AirAsia partners with GrayMatter to launch Scan2Fly, a real-time health documentation verification tool to make flying safe for everyone

22 NOV 2020

Aviation safety experts at Airlineratings.com awards AirAsia the top seven stars for Covid-19 health ratings for every airline in the AirAsia group

23 NOV 2020

Teleport, the logistics venture of AirAsia Digital, expands its delivery services to 70 cities across Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia and the Philippines over the last 30 days

24 NOV 2020

Santan announces the launch of our 7th Santan franchise outlet, located in Nu Sentral, Kuala Lumpur

8 DEC 2020

Our digital archive, airasia Museum, goes live in conjunction with airasia’s 19th anniversary