12 Aug, 2015
Jakarta, August 11, 2015 – AirAsia, claimed to be the world’s “best low cost airline” for seven consecutive years, reached another milestone with 300 million guests flown. The milestone was commemorated with a string of celebrations starting from Terminal 3, Soekarno-Hatta International Airport, to The Ritz-Carlton Jakarta, Pacific Place.
Jodie Lazuardie, a 30-year-old Art Director based in Jakarta was the lucky guest who booked the 300 millionth Air Asia seat. Jodie’s flight booking from Kuala Lumpur to Jakarta earned him a once-in-a-lifetime experience and a hefty 3 million points from AirAsia’s loyalty program, also known as AirAsia BIG.
Upon landing in Jakarta, Jodie was treated to a Red Carpet experience which included a private pick up from the plane, fast-track immigration clearance and priority baggage handling, all the while being escorted by a group of AirAsia cabin crew.
Jodie was also driven from the airport to The Ritz-Carlton Jakarta, Pacific Place by a private chauffeur, where he was warmly welcomed by AirAsia Group’s management team. Among those present to welcome the 300 millionth guest were Co-Founder and Group CEO of AirAsia Tony Fernandes, Co-Founder and Group CEO of AirAsia X Datuk Kamarudin Meranun, CEO of AirAsia Indonesia Sunu Widyatmoko, CEO of Indonesia AirAsia X Dendy Kurniawan, CEO of Malaysia AirAsia Aireen Omar, Acting CEO of AirAsia X Benyamin Ismail, CEO of Thai AirAsia Tassapon Bijleveld, CEO of Thai AirAsia X Nadda Buranasiri, Chairman of Philippines AirAsia Maan Hontiveros and Alice Goh, CEO of AirAsia BIG.
Tony Fernandes and Alice Goh presented the 3 million BIG Points to Jodie, which can be used to redeem any flights within AirAsia’s extensive network. For instance, one return Jakarta – Singapore flight requires 13,000 points while Bali – Melbourne requires 60,000 points. The 3 million BIG Points will enable AirAsia’s 300-millionth guest to redeem hundreds of free flights to any AirAsia destination.
AirAsia reached its 100-millionth milestone in October 2010, and celebrated the 200-millionth mark three years later in September 2013. In a little less than two years, the number of guests flown across the group has grown to 300 million.
Commenting on the achievement, Tony Fernandes said, “We are delighted to be here today to welcome our 300-millionth guest. When we started AirAsia fourteen years ago, we merely had two aircraft in operation supported by 250 staff across five destinations in Malaysia. Today, we have established operations in 5 countries including Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Philippines, and India with over 17,000 Allstars. We paint the sky red everyday with 199 aircraft flying to over 100 destinations in 22 countries. It took hard work and sheer determination to get to where we are today and together, we will continue to revolutionize air travel, to serve the underserved, and most importantly, to give back to the communities in which we operate.”