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AirAsia named ‘World’s Leading Low Cost Airline’ at the prestigious World Travel Awards 2013

DOHA, 1 DEC – AirAsia continues to dominate the aviation industry being named the ‘World’s Leading Low Cost Airline’ at the prestigious World Travel Awards 2013 held in Doha, Qatar.

The World Travel Awards, also hailed as the ‘Oscars’ of the travel industry recognizes companies, organizations and brands that push the boundaries of industry excellence. AirAsia emerged as winner in the ‘World’s Leading Low Cost Airline’ category, receiving the highest votes from travel professionals from around the globe, surpassing other nominees in the category, namely Air Arabia, Air Berlin, easyJet, JetBlue Airways, Precision Air and Southwest Airlines.

Dato’ Aziz Bakar, Director of AirAsia Berhad represented the AirAsia Group at the award ceremony to receive this prestigious award.

Tony Fernandes, Group Chief Executive Officer, AirAsia said, “This recognition is a testament towards the strong brand that AirAsia has built. From a Malaysian start-up, we are now an international brand synonymous with low-cost travel, with innovation as our key driver. This win is the first for us from World Travel Awards, and we would like to thank everyone who voted for us. Every vote signifies the belief that not just our guests have for us, but from travel professionals who see value in our brand.”

“This award marks a great milestone for us as we are about to celebrate our 12th anniversary as a group. We have grown from a two-aircraft operation, with 250 staff force; to 147 aircraft in operation today, and nearly 12,000 AirAsia Allstars consisting of nations from around the region. We are proud to be able to make people’s dreams of flying come true, and will take this recognition as another catalyst to provide greater flying experiences for all our guests,” added Fernandes.

AirAsia has also been named the World’s Best Low Cost Airline by Skytrax for five consecutive years from 2009 – 2013.

The airline, which has operations in Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia and the Philippines has flown over 202 million guests in less than 12 years of operations, through its extensive route network that spans across 87 destinations throughout 22 countries.

For more updates on AirAsia and its latest promotions and activities, follow them on social media through Facebook ( and Twitter (

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