AirAsia Gifts Free Flights To Asean Paralympic Medallists

SEPANG, 11 October 2016 

AirAsia today gave away free flights to Asean Paralympic medallists at a gala event held at the Asian Aviation Centre of Excellence (AACE) here.

Gold medal winners received a lifetime of free flights, while silver and bronze medal winners received five and three years' worth of free flights respectively.

Medallists were given a special AirAsia BIG card in gold, silver and bronze that allows them to fly to any of the more than 120 destinations within AirAsia and AirAsia X's extensive network in Asia, Australia, the Middle East and Africa.

In attendance were AirAsia Group CEO Tony Fernandes, AirAsia X Group CEO Datuk Kamarudin Meranun, AirAsia Berhad CEO Aireen Omar and AirAsia Singapore CEO Logan Velaitham as well as government and sports officials from Asean.

AirAsia Group CEO Tony Fernandes said, "Once again, Asean athletes have made the region proud by showing we can be a serious contender on the world stage, and it is my great pleasure to present these fine sportsmen and sportswomen with free flights in recognition of their amazing achievements.

"These para-athletes prove that there is no limit to the human spirit, no obstacle to achieving our dreams that we cannot overcome with focus, determination and hard work. They are an inspiration to the region and to the world."

AirAsia Berhad CEO Aireen Omar said, "I am thrilled with Malaysia's amazing performance. Mohamad Ridzuan Mohamad Puzi won our first ever Paralympics gold medal, Muhammad Ziyad Zolkefli demolished a world record to secure the second and Abdul Latif Romly broke the world record three times for the third. They've really raised the bar for our athletes and para-athletes in Tokyo 2020."

AirAsia Thailand CEO Tassapon Bijleveld said, "The Thai para-athletes performed superbly in Rio by bagging the most medals of any Asean country. Hats off to them, especially the athletics and boccia teams who led the charge. As an AirAsia affiliate with close ties to Indochina, I also wish to take this opportunity to congratulate Le Van Cong for winning Vietnam's first ever Paralympics gold medal and breaking the world record for powerlifting."

AirAsia Indonesia CEO Dendy Kurniawan said, "Ni Nengah Widiasih's medal shows how far para- athlete development has progressed in Indonesia in recent years. In London 2012, we won our first medal in over two decades and this year we secured another - it's just a matter of time before Indonesia returns to gold."

AirAsia Philippines CEO Captain Dexter Comendador said, "I am tremendously proud of paddler Josephine Medina for ending the Philippines' 16-year medal drought at the Paralympics, equalling Hidilyn Diaz's achievement just a month earlier. This has been a good Games for the Philippines, and I believe this is just the beginning of greater successes to come."

AirAsia is Asia's leading and largest low-cost carrier by passengers carried and jet fleet size, with an extensive network of more than 120 destinations in Asia, Australia and New Zealand, the Middle East and Africa. It is also the only airline to fly direct to all 10 Asean countries, including some 60 unique routes in the region.

AirAsia was named World's Best Low-Cost Airline for the eighth year in a row and AirAsia X won the World's Best Low-Cost Premium Cabin and Premium Seat for the fourth straight year at 2016 Skytrax World Airline Awards in Farnborough, UK.

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