A tribute to Anaz Ahmad Tajuddin: First Asian LCC to successfully secure US FAA approval
SEPANG, 24 JANUARY 2017
AirAsia X has received clearance from the Federal Aviation Authority
(FAA) to fly to the US.
The airline is the first Asian low-cost carrier to secure approval to operate scheduled passenger flights to
The approval allows AirAsia's long-haul, low-cost sister airline to operate services to any destination
within the US.
AirAsia X is currently considering flights to several US states including Hawaii as part of its route
AirAsia X Group CEO Datuk Kamarudin Meranun said, "This is a major milestone for AirAsia X. Our
expansion up until now has concentrated on Asia, Australasia and the Middle East, and we are excited
about our first foray into an entirely new market as we look beyond Asia Pacific."
"I'm confident travellers will respond well to our award-winning service and the kind of connectivity we
can offer with our Fly-Thru product. As part of our expansion plans, we are also looking to resume our
very popular London route, and are working towards securing the necessary approvals."
He added: "None of this would be possible without our Allstars, especially Group Chief Operating Officer
Anaz Ahmad Tajuddin, who sadly passed away two weeks ago. We wouldn't be where we are today if he
had not laid the foundations with his blood, sweat and tears, and his bravery in the face of cancer
showed us the true meaning of strength. This is for you, Anaz."
A pioneer in travel and technology, AirAsia offers a wide range of innovative products such as mobile
app, extensive self-service options, inflight wifi, inflight entertainment, premium coffee, online duty-free
shopping, Premium Flex and Fly-Thru.
Fly-Thru allows guests to seamlessly connect to anywhere within AirAsia's wide network with just one
stop at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - Asia's No. 1 low-cost carrier hub - and other convenient transit hubs in
Thailand and Indonesia, without having to pass through immigration and with their baggage checked
through to the final destination.
AirAsia Group boasts an extensive route network to over 120 destinations in Asia Pacific, including some
60 unique routes within the Asean region, and unmatched flight frequencies.