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AirAsia named Asia & World’s Best Low Cost Airline for 7th consecutive year
PARIS, 16 JUNE 2015 - AirAsia has been named the World’s Best Low Cost Airline and Asia's Best Low Cost Airline forthe seventh consecutive year at the Skytrax World’s Airline Awards held at the Paris Air Show in Le Bourget.
Skytrax is the global benchmark of airline excellence and one of the most prestigious accolades for the airline industry with 19 million customer surveys completed worldwide by over 160 nationalities, measuring standards across 41 key performance indicators of an airline’s front-line products and services.
Tan Sri Tony Fernandes, Group CEO of AirAsia was present to receive the awards at the Paris Air Show 2015 along with CEOs from the AirAsia Group.
Tan Sri Tony Fernandes said, “We faced many challenges this past year but I am proud to say that our staff banded together for our guests and we have emerged stronger than ever. To be named the ‘World’s Best’ for the seventh consecutive year is an incredible honour, and I dedicate it to the 17,000 AirAsia Allstars who are the force behind it all.”
“We would also like to thank our guests and stakeholders for continuing to believe in us. We are committed to continue innovating on all fronts to provide our guests with not only the best value but also a superior travel experience and convenience using technology,” added Tony Fernandes.
Also commenting on the recognition by Skytrax to AirAsia Group, Datuk Kamarudin Meranun, Executive Chairman of AirAsia Berhad said, “This recognition as Asia’s and the World’s Best reinforces the efforts that the Group is taking to strengthen our services and our network, and we will take every effort to live up to this recognition.”
The AirAsia Group consists of short-haul low-cost airlines AirAsia Berhad (airline code AK), Indonesia AirAsia (airline code QZ), Thai AirAsia (airline code FD), Philippines’ AirAsia (airline codes PQ & Z2) and AirAsia India (airline code I5).
Throughout its existence, AirAsia Group have established themselves as market leaders and innovators in travel and technology, offering not just flights but a wholesome travel experience with the introduction of the mobile app, interactive travel guides, full scale self-service options, WiFi on-board, premium coffee via Barista-In-The-Sky and much more lined up, such as online Duty Free shopping before schedule departure flights.
All airline affiliates in the AirAsia Group operate one of the youngest fleet of Airbus A320 in the world, with an average age of only 3 years group wide; with firm orders of 475 Airbus A320 aircraft and deliveries up till 2028.
In addition to the modern fleet, AirAsia offers consumer-friendly products and services complemented with everyday low fares, extensive route network, including over 60 unique routes in the Asean region and unmatched flight frequencies; along with convenient booking and payment channels; and value added services such as Fly-Thru, Premium Flex and much more.
Tuesday, June 16, 2015
Navigating India: one Rickshaw ride at a time !
In conversation with Julia Regul Singh
Julia Regul Singh is the author of Leap of Faith, a novel about an interracial marriage between a German woman and an Indian man, closely resembling the story of her own marriage. Julia’s first encounter with India was as a tourist 15 years ago, where she first met her future in-laws as well as a typically large, extended Punjabi family. She had travelled extensively as a teenager with her parents, as well as in college, on her own. This was her first time in India and was struck by the cultural differences, “I was fascinated how different India was to my own experience growing up in Germany.”
Speaking about the ancient tradition of storytelling in India, Julia remarks, “ Germans have long been fascinated with Indian mythology, spiritualism, philosophies and religions. Since the 19th Century, German writers like Herman Hesse, Thomas Mann, Bertolt Brecht and Feuchtwanger – just to name a few - have found inspiration in India’s stories.” Like many authors, her cultural and social experiences have formed the basis of her writing, “bringing it back to the Indian wedding that I described in my novel “Leap of Faith,” each of these traditions harbor great stories for me to write about. For example, the insane amounts of money spent on Indian weddings astonished her, she appropriated many of those bonding experiences for the writing of her novel.
This has not been her first foray into writing however, she had earlier written a children’s book, titled Boris the Bench,which is about a bench in a park, which could be anywhere in the world. She believes writing for children is very important and an early interest in reading is what makes children turn towards reading as a lifelong habit. It was after her first book was published that she was introduced to her future editor from Rupa, Kausalya.
She talks about being a foreign writer in India, “When I share my experiences as a German living in India with people, the response is great and people always encourage me to share my thoughts in columns or even in a book format. I started collecting my own experiences and stories, I heard from friends and people around me and ideas for new stories emerged. Often I took these stories a little further, asking myself “What if I was in these situations? What if I ended up living in a village in India? What if I took the rickshaw to work every morning? ” without really losing my ‘foreign eye’ on the story.” She is currently working on a children’s novel in rhyme, titled My cousin Max, inspired by the interaction between her children and nephews/nieces. The story tells is about a small boy who eagerly waits to meet his ‘foreign’ cousin. She is also working on a collection of short stories and would like to translate Leap of Faith into German.
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