KUALA LUMPUR: AirAsia chairman Datuk Pahamin A. Rajab expressed gratitude to Datuk Seri Dr Ling Liong Sik for his support to the airline.
He said the former Transport Minister had been supportive of the airline from the beginning, when it was in the process of acquiring a licence.
We owe our gratitude to Datuk Seri (Dr Ling), his staff at the MOT (Transport Ministry) and Malaysia Airports, for the encouragement and support they gave us when we first started.
Dr Ling was always willing to see us and we will always remember him as the Transport Minister, the way the country remembers you for your work with Utar (Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman), he said at the launching of AirAsia's multi-lingual website at Nikko Hotel yesterday.
Dr Ling said he cherished working with Pahamin, who had been the Road Transport Department director-general when he was minister.
Asked if he missed being a minister, Dr Ling said he enjoyed the freedom he had nowadays.
It is less stressful and people are saying, Hey, you are looking much younger nowadays, he said.
On the newly designed website, Pahamin said the Bahasa Malaysia and Mandarin versions of the website would enable the airline to reach out to more people.
Mandarin will be useful once we go into the China market and many Indonesians comprehend Bahasa Malaysia, he said, adding the airline was planning to install Tamil and Tagalog versions of the website soon.
Pahamin said website bookings currently comprised about 40% of the airline's total bookings.
In the last 14 months since AirAsia introduced online booking, the airline has recorded sales of over RM60mil through the Internet alone, he said.
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