The Rise of AirAsia’s 100th Dragon

Friday, 10 February 2012 From Issue Vol. XX No. 6

AirAsia welcomed the arrival of its 100th Airbus A320 this month. To commemorate this special event, the aircraft featured a special dragon livery which is the zodiac sign for this Chinese New Year as well as the zodiac sign of Tan Sri Tony Fernandes.

With its affiliates in Indonesia and Thailand, AirAsia operates the Airbus A320 aircraft for its entire route network throughout the region. Currently, both the Malaysia and Thailand operations are fully Airbus, while the Indonesia operations will be 100% Airbus by end of 1Q 2012.

AirAsia welcomes the arrival of its 100th Airbus A320. AirAsia welcomes the arrival of its 100th Airbus A320.

AirAsia group chief executive officer, Tan Sri Tony Fernandes says, “We started with only two aircraft ten years ago, and here we stand today with our 100th Airbus A320, making us the largest Airbus A320 aircraft operator in Southeast Asia. We have weathered many challenges, persevering in the most difficult of situations. This milestone underlines AirAsia’s commitment to continue to invest in new aircraft for the benefit of our customers”

A team of 20 painters worked around the clock for 12 days to paint the Airbus A320 in the colors of the dragon. Approximately 600 liters of paint were required to complete the job.

The aircraft, which will operate on the Kuala Lumpur-Macau route right after it is launched, will also serve Kuala Lumpur, Jakarta, Singapore, Hong Kong, cities in Indonesia, and destinations throughout China on its aircraft rotation.

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