PETALING JAYA: Capital A Bhd, which owns low cost carrier AirAsia group, hopes to see a strong recovery in its aviation services with the launch of its new Super Plus (Super+) subscription package.
“Today marks the beginning of a very strong year.
“I think by the first quarter of next year (1Q23), you will see Capital A coming into its full colour. In the next few months, we will begin to unveil all the plans that we have, which will reveal this amazing ecosystem that we have built,” said its chief executive officer Tan Sri Tony Fernandes.
Fernandes added the airline is optimistic that all of its flight networks will be open by the 2Q23 with a few other destinations still under the Covid-19 restriction measures.
“The only (networks) that are not opening now are Macau and China, the rest are all open. We hope that China will be open by 1Q23,” he said.
The new Super+ package is an upgrade from the earlier version introduced in March this year. With a one-year subscription plan from RM888, subscribers stand to redeem unlimited free seats over 130 destinations, as well as unlimited discounts for hotels and airasia rides.
Unlike its predecessor, the latest Super+ includes long-haul flights from AirAsia X Bhd (AAX) through two different packages.
The Super+ Lite selection priced at RM888 per year covers flights across all Asean countries. On the other hand, the Super+ Premium package at RM2,288 per year gives travellers the access to all countries that are under the airline’s operations like Japan, South Korea and Australia.
“Super+ is now made available for purchase worldwide. Both options include an unlimited 10% off for airasia ride and unlimited 5% discount on all hotels on the airasia Super App,” the group said in a statement. Moreover, perks like Covid-19 insurance coverage and free delivery on food orders are no longer available with the latest Super+.
“The Super+ subscription captures the beauty of our airasia Super App platform ecosystem, which brings together all of our airlines and travel products and services like hotels, along with our eCommerce offerings such as airasia ride, which is also included as a Super+ benefit.
“This is another product that highlights our DNA which is to create value for our customers, and we will continue to champion this across all new products and services that we will introduce in the future,” said Fernandes.
AirAsia Super app chief executive officer Amanda Woo said the platform has more than 100,000 subscribers across Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, and the Philippines with over half a million flights redeemed, since the initial launch in March.
“For the first time, we are opening up the new Super+ for everyone across the globe to buy, even those in the United States, Europe and all other regions.
“For travellers from the West, this Super+ product is the best flight and lifestyle subscription for them to fully maximise and obtain the best value to rediscover the beauty of Asia,” she said.
There are 200,000 Super+ new subscriptions available up for grabs from Dec 5, 2022 to Dec 11, 2022.
Meanwhile, Fernandes told Bernama that a merger for AirAsia’s aviation businesses into a single entity is not in its cards.
Fernandes said that AirAsia Malaysia, AirAsia Thailand, AirAsia Philippines, and AirAsia Indonesia – the four airlines under Capital A, along with AAX’s two airlines namely, AAX Malaysia and AAX Thailand, will have separate operations under AirAsia Aviation Group (AAG).
“We are just injecting AirAsia airlines into AAX’s listing status. There is no merger. AAX will be renamed AAG and there will be six airlines under it.
“Under one company, a lot of costs can be eliminated. However, each individual airline will be operating separately,” he said.