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AirAsia & AirAsia X Wins Investor Relations Award at the IR Magazine Awards and Conference-South East Asia 2013
SEPANG, 12 December 2013 – AirAsia Berhad and its long-haul, low cost carrier affiliate, AirAsia X Berhad were both bestowed an award at the IR Magazine Awards and Conference-South East Asia 2013 held in Singapore recently.
The Conference brings together delegates from companies all over Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and the Philippines to discuss issues related to investor relations, corporate governance, shareholder needs and the role of senior management in Investor Relations.
AirAsia X bagged the “Best Investor Relations for IPO” award category and AirAsia was presented the “Best in Sector for Transport” (including logistics and infrastructure) award respectively.
The awards received at the IR Magazine Awards-South East Asia 2013 were based on the extensive research carried out by IR Magazine. This year more than 350 analysts and portfolio managers voted for the best IR practitioners across the region and only 3-4 organisations were shortlisted for each category to make it to the finals. The winners were determined by a comprehensive and independent three-month-long research process that identifies the best corporate IR teams across a range of categories.
AirAsia X CEO, Azran Osman-Rani said, “This is indeed an achievement for us in AirAsia X as we receive our first Investor Relations Award since our listing took place in July 2013. Our approach and initiatives were carried out two years prior to the IPO in 2011; where we played a role in bridging the organisation and investors community at large through transmission of information, whereby the later was fully abreast with the on-going activities of the airline. We constantly engaged potential investors through non deal road shows, panelist sessions and speaking engagements at Investors and Aviation conferences; as well as participate in media interviews which were part of the continuous education process in building familiarity towards the business model, and strategies of the airline. We are pleased that our proactive approach bared fruit.”
“Our efforts would not have been recognized without the hard work of the team in AirAsia X, the support we received from the AirAsia Group and our loyal guests. We were indeed blessed with a great year and will remain focus in our expansion plans in the long-haul, low cost carrier segment. Together with the other members of the AirAsia Group, we intend to be the largest low-cost carrier brand connecting Southeast Asia with all the main Asia Pacific markets,” concluded Azran.
AirAsia Berhad CEO, Aireen Omar said, “We are greatly honoured to be presented the ‘Best in Sector – Transport’ award from IR Magazine. At AirAsia, it is crucial for us to engage the investors’ community on a level that supercedes other organizations. Among some of our initiatives include AirAsia’s IR TV channel on YouTube as well as a dedicated webpage for investors, as well as a high level of transparency & accessibility of AirAsia executives; which have helped boost our position within the investors’ community. We are deeply flattered to accept this award, and will continue to innovate to provide investors with the best possible experience.”
AirAsia X was voted the “Best Investor Relations for IPO” category among Bloomberry Resorts (Philippines), IHH Health Care (Malaysia) and Mapletree Greater China Commercial Trust (Singapore) while AirAsia clinched the “Best In Sector for Transport” (including logistics and infrastructure) award from Singapore Airlines, Neptune Orient Lines (Singapore), and ComfortDelgro Corporation (Singapore).
About AirAsia X
AirAsia X is the low-cost, long-haul affiliate carrier of the AirAsia Group that currently flies to destinations in China, Australia, Taiwan, Korea, Japan, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Male and Saudi Arabia. The airline currently serves 17 destinations across Asia (Tokyo, Osaka, Seoul, Busan, Taipei, Beijing, Hangzhou, Chengdu, Shanghai, Colombo, Maldives and Kathmandu), Australia (Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Gold Coast) and Saudi Arabia (Jeddah). AirAsia X currently operates a fleet of 16 Airbus A330-300s, each with a seat configuration of 12 Premium Flatbeds and 365 Economy seats. The airline has carried over 10 million guests since it commenced long-haul in 2007. Our vision is to further solidify our position as the global leader in low-cost, long-haul aviation and create the first global multi-hub low-cost carrier network along with other carriers of the AirAsia Group.
About the AirAsia Group
AirAsia, the leading and largest low-cost carrier in Asia, services the most extensive network with 87 destinations. Within 12 years of operations, AirAsia has carried over 200 million guests and grown its fleet from just two aircraft to over 147. The airline today is proud to be a truly Asean (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) airline with established operations based in Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand and the Philippines servicing a network stretching across all Asean countries as well as China, India and Australia. AirAsia was named the World’s Best Low Cost Airline in the annual World Airline Survey by Skytrax for five consecutive years from 2009 – 2013 and the ‘World’s Leading Low Cost Airline’ at the 2013 World Travel Awards.
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