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AirAsia named world's best budget carrier
Publication Date : 02-12-2013
An international travel award has named Malaysian budget carrier AirAsia the “World’s Leading Low-Cost Airline” for the year.
According to the World Travel Awards website, AirAsia beat eight other budget flight nominees worldwide to get to the top of the list.
The airline surpassed companies such as British-based easyJet and the US-based Southwest Airlines.
In a statement, AirAsia executive chairman Kamarudin Meranun said it was a great honour to win the award as it placed “brand Malaysia” on a great pedestal.
“As such, it could achieve its mission to develop the country into a major aviation hub like Dubai,” he said.
He added that the company was going to turn 12 in a few days and expressed pride over what he called “a Malaysian-grown dream” that turned into a “world-class airline”.
“As a home-grown airline, we feel responsible to propel our nation’s aviation industry further. And, we would need the support of our Government and Malaysians alike to achieve that,” he said.
AirAsia director Aziz Bakar received the award on behalf of the airline.
It was previously nominated under the awards’ 2012 World’s Leading Low-Cost Airline, 2010 World’s Leading Airline to Asia and 2007 Asia’s Leading Budget/No Frills Airline categories.
The World Travel Awards also saw national carrier Malaysia Airlines (MAS) beating 11 other conventional airlines in Asia for the “Asia’s Leading Airline 2013” award.
MAS previously won the same title in 2011, 2010 and 2009.
It was also nominated for the “World’s Leading Airline 2013”, but lost to the United Arab Emirates’ Etihad Airways.
The awards, which saw its grand finals held in Doha, Qatar, on November 30, saw dozens of companies nominated and winning amongst various travel categories worldwide.