KUALA LUMPUR: AirAsia has been named the World’s Best Low-Cost Airline for the 10th year in a row.
AirAsia received the accolade at the 2018 Skytrax World Airline Awards held today at The Langham, London.
Dubbed the “Oscars of the Aviation Industry”, the Skytrax Awards are the global benchmark of airline excellence with over 20.36 million customers surveyed worldwide by more than 105 nationalities, measuring standards across 49 key performance indicators of an airline’s frontline products and services.
AirAsia co-founder and group chief executive officer of AirAsia X Bhd Datuk Kamarudin Meranun said it would continue to champion low fares and hopefully transform many more lives in the process.
“I’m honoured to celebrate our record-breaking 10th win today with our Allstars who have been with us on this journey since the early days. This moment feels surreal.
“I remember the ecstatic feeling of being named the world’s best low-cost airline for the very first time 10 years ago. I would have never imagined we would remain the world’s best for a decade,” he said in a statement.
AirAsia X was also presented World’s Best Low-Cost Airline Premium Cabin for the sixth consecutive year.
Chairwoman of AirAsia X Tan Sri Rafidah Aziz accepted the award for AirAsia X.
“Any success and achievement by the AirAsia Group and Asia X Group is a direct contribution and value add of every Allstar. As such, it is important that levels of competency, efficiency, and performance be continuously enhanced and upgraded so that the companies will be able to maintain their world-class status in the highly competitive regional and global aviation industry,” Rafidah said.
AirAsia also took home Asia’s Best Low-Cost Airline, received by deputy group CEO (Airline Business) Bo Lingam who joined AirAsia in 2001 as a ground operations manager.
The win was celebrated across the group in AirAsia offices in Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok, Jakarta, Manila, Bangalore and Nagoya, with a special live interactive show broadcasted on AirAsia’s Facebook page.