Flying with Air Asia.
On december 28, 2014 an Air Asia plane between Surabaya and Singapore crashed in to the ocean, killing all people onboard, and I have since then noticed that a lot of people who do not know the airline are saying that they are afraid to fly with them, so I thought I would tell why I am not afraid to fly them and why I will keep flying with Air Asia.
They fly new and well maintained planes.
Nice new airplanes from Air Asia.
Air Asia has one of the newest fleets in the world with an average age of their planes being just 4 years old.
This is a very new and modern fleet compared to almost every airline and they have a good record of maintaining their fleet and training their pilots well.
Best budget in the world for 6 years in a row.
The main airline research company in the world, Skytrax, have named Air Asia best budget airline in the world for the last 6 consecutive years.
When you are in aviation, the Skytrax awards are the most important awards as they are made by a combination of using the worlds leading aviation experts as well as asking thousands of airline passengers which airline they like the most.
And prior to the recent crash. Air Asia had never had a fatal crash with any of their planes.
The service is good for a budget airline.
Me taking a selfie onboard Air Asia.
Air Asia is a budget airline so you pretty much need to pay for all extras, but their website is easy to use and the prices for the extras are very cheap compared to european and north american budget airlines.
Once you are onboard it’s quite cheap to buy food and drink too.
Last time I flew them, just a couple of weeks ago, I paid around 2 dollars for a drink and 3 dollars for a hot meal.
I have always liked the service from the cabin crew and they seem to be happy about working for Air Asia and this is the key to getting good service.
Employees who are not treated nicely by the company do not deliver good services for obvious reasons, so I am happy that the Air Asia staff seem to be treated ok.
I trust Tony Fernandes.
Tony Fernandes is the charismatic owner of Air Asia.
A malaysian/indian businessman who used to work for Virgin and Warner music, but jokes that he learned how to do business as a kid while attending his mothers tupperware parties.
He bought Air Asia in 2001 when it was small, nearly bankrupt airline, with only two planes, but he has since turned it in to the biggest success in asian aviation history and Air Asia is one of the worlds most profitable airlines over the past decade.
This has prompted Tony Fernandes to buy the english football club Queens Park Ranger as well as starting the Caterham Formula 1 racing team, so he is a man with many interests.
But what first of all is important in this case is that he has handled the recent crash extremely well by being present all the time during the investigation and has not been hiding in the bush like you often see CEO’s do when a company has crises.
He has been very open and not been trying to hide anything and this is what is very important here as he clearly has nothing he needs to hide in this case.
This guy has my respect and I will be happy to keep flying with a company he is in charge of.
Air Asia employ lot’s of female pilots.
Captain Moana giving me thumbs up after flying me from from Lombok to KL.
Another thing that I really like about Air Asia is that they employ lot’s of female pilots.
Aviation is a very male dominated business and Southeast Asian society is quite male dominated too and I have often felt that this is what is holding the region back a bit financially, as I have been to very few parts of the world where I see more well educated, intelligent and strong minded women, so it’s really good to see that this is becoming more recognized.
And I just love when it’s a woman flying the plane.
On my last Air Asia flight I flew with a female captain called Moana and she gave us all a very pleasant flight from Lombok to Kuala Lumpur and when she saw that I was snapping a photo of her through the window, as I was leaving the plane, she smiled and gave me thumbs up.
And by the way, she was a tiny little malay girl with a muslim headscarf.
I thought that was utterly cool.
I have a little list of people I would like to meet in real life.
Tony Fernandes has been on that list for a while, but captain Nur Moana Ishak is on that list now as well.
One of my many Air Asia bookings.
So this was a few of the reasons why I love Air Asia and this comes
from a guy who is not really that keen on budget airlines, but Air Asia knows how to make flying a budget airline a pleasant experience and not a pain in the ass.
Hope you read this Michael O’Leary.
Now everyone go on to www.airasia.com and book the next time you want to fly around Asia for a cheap price while still having a nice flight.