KUALA LUMPUR: AirAsia Bhd has chosen Datuk Mohd Shukrie Mohd Salleh to lead its newly-formed logistic arm, Redbox Logistics.
In a twitter posting on Thursday, AirAsia group chief executive officer (CEO) Tan Sri Tony Fernandes announced that the former group chief executive officer of Pos Malaysia Bhd was joining the airline.
“Great to announce that Datuk Shukrie formerly CEO of Pos Malaysia Bhd has joined AirAsia in our new formerly logistics arm, Redbox Logistics. A very powerful e-commerce Asean and Asian logistics company. Huge upside and value. We have the planes,” he tweeted.
Meanwhile, Shukrie confirmed his appointment in Redbox Logistics with NST Business today.
Shukrie left Pos Malaysia in December last year, after serving the postal delivery service company for five years. He has also been serving DRB-Hicom Bhd for 12 years. His previous position in Pos Malaysia was taken over by Al-Ishsal Ishak on January, 23 this year.
NST Business previously reported that Pos Malaysia expects a “significant contribution” in the financial year ending March 31, 2019 (FY19), leveraging on the Digital Free Trade Zone (DFTZ) at the KLIA Aeropolis.
Shukrie then said Pos Malaysia’s subsidiary Pos Aviation and Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd would facilitate the pilot phase by Lazada, which is 83 per cent-owned by Alibaba Group and Cainiao.
“The number continues to change because as we add more customers, we are going to have more. It is going to be a significant contribution to us going forward. However, I am not able to share exactly as we are finalising some numbers,” he had said.
Former AirAsia CEO Aireen Omar reportedly said the low-cost airline was leaping at the opportunity to build an air cargo business, giving it a “snowball” effect to its revenue.
Aireen said the airline has a huge network in the region with total flights more than 350 routes for the whole group with over 80 destinations.
“There is a lot of belly space not just for the A320 but also for the A330. That is one way for us to optimise our revenue to be able to put cargo/courier products in that belly space itself,” she told NST Business in an interview recently.
Aireen said the airline’s idea of forming the logistic business would also compliment the government’s establishment of the DFTZ.
“That is the whole idea of why we feel we can even grow this business even bigger especially with the establishment of DFTZ,” she added.