AirAsia-MAS relationship on the mend

  • Nation
  • Monday, 12 Dec 2005

KUALA LUMPUR: Budget airline AirAsia’s relations with Malaysia Airlines is on the mend, following a five-hour meeting between the heads of both airlines.  

AirAsia group chief executive officer Datuk Tony Fernandes described his recent meeting with MAS managing director Idris Jala as “very positive”. 

“I achieved more in the meeting than I ever did with MAS over the past four years,'' he told reporters on the sidelines of the Third Asean Business and Investment Summit here yesterday.  

Fernandes declined to provide details but said both airlines were ready to complement each other.  

He said AirAsia could operate some domestic routes that MAS currently serviced.  

AirAsia at present flies to 57 destinations in Malaysia and also to destinations in Thailand, Indonesia, the Philippines, Vietnam, Macau and Cambodia. 

In his business presentation, Fernandes said AirAsia remained committed to providing more air linkages within Asean. 

He urged Asean governments to work towards a common aviation standard in order to reap the benefits of a common market.  

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