AirAsia X wins 2012 Best New Route Launch at The Budgie$ & Travel Awards

Sepang, 19 SEPTEMBER 2012

AirAsia X, the long-haul low cost carrier of the AirAsia Group, was awarded the Best New Route Launch- Haneda at the 2012 Budgie$ & Travel Awards held in Sofitel, London last night.

AirAsia X was given the recognition based on evidence of excellent profitability of new route and unique and innovative approach to partnerships and negotiations. The other finalists in the category include easyJet- Luton Kelflavik, Southwest - Atlanta, SpiceJet- Delhi and VietJet Air- Ho Chi Minh City/Hanoi.

The Budgie$ & Travel Awards celebrates the leadership, efforts, accomplishments and the ingenuity of the low cost aviation industry and the Asian travel industry. The annual event is a night to honour the industry’s innovators, forward thinkers and revolutionaries.

Azran Osman-Rani, CEO of AirAsia X said, "We are truly honoured with this recognition. Haneda is a big breakthrough for the Low Cost Carrier model, showing that it is not always about lowest cost airports in inconvenient secondary locations. We are still able to deliver the world's lowest unit cost low cost carrier model, while offering convenient airports, and more importantly, catalyzing the awakening of the low cost carrier market in Japan. Thank you Terrapin and the Judges"

AirAsia X attributes this success to its amazing team of AirAsia AllStars and the unique AirAsia culture of continuously striving to be the best.

AirAsia X operates 9 Airbus A330-300s across 13 destinations of its core markets in Japan, Australia, Taiwan, Korea, China, Nepal and Iran. The airline will see seven new deliveries of the Airbus A330-300s in 2013 and 2014.

For more information, please visit www.airasia.com.