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Tony Fernandes named Airline Industry Leader of the Year at 4th annual Aviation 100 Awards

DUBLIN, 22 JAN 2014 – AirAsia’s Group Chief Executive Officer, Tony Fernandes has been named ‘Airline Industry Leader of the Year’ for pushing the boundaries of the aviation industry at the 4th annual Aviation 100 Awards which was held in Dublin, Ireland last night.

The Aviation 100 Awards is held annually, and is now in its fourth year. The award is the result of a 4-month industry survey of aviation executives globally, including airlines, lessors, finance houses, law firms and manufacturers. The awards carried an average vote of nearly 11,000 industry professionals.

The ‘Airline Industry Leader of the Year’ award is decided by the replies and votes from only the most senior of executives globally at C-level, department head or Managing Director level. It is an award that taps the opinion of aviation thought leadership.

Tony Fernandes commented, “It is a great honor to be named ‘Airline Industry Leader of the Year’ and I am humbled by this prestigious recognition. It has been a great journey for us at AirAsia this past 12 years. We’ve grown from a debt-ridden airline when Kamarudin and I took over more than a decade ago, into a global brand with RM6 billion market cap value today. However, this achievement would not have been possible without the hard work and dedication of our nearly 12,000 AirAsia Allstars who have worked tirelessly to get us to where we are today, and I dedicate this recognition to each and every one of them.”

Other notable names which have been awarded the title in previous years include Willie Walsh, CEO of British Airways; Masaru Onishi, Chairman of Japan Airlines; and Temel Kotil, CEO of Turkish Airlines.


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Tony Fernandes (left) receiving the ‘Airline Industry Leader of the Year’ from James Meyler, Chief Commercial Officer of ORIX Aviation (right).
About the AirAsia Group
AirAsia, the leading and largest low-cost carrier in Asia, services the most extensive network with 88 destinations. Within 12 years of operations, AirAsia has carried over 220 million guests and grown its fleet from just two aircraft to over 150. 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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