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What Tun M Got Up To At AirAsia RedQ

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Friday, 16 August 2019, marked a very important day for AirAsia, and those present at RedQ, because our very own prime minister, Tun Dr Mahathir Bin Mohamad, dropped by the office!

Image: Ariff Shah Sopian

To celebrate this momentous occasion, the RedQ family was bedecked in red. Everything and everybody was seeing red, literally!

It was also especially significant because it was during this time that AirAsia presented what the future of air travel would be like.

The event kicked off as soon as Tun M arrived at RedQ, accompanied by Minister of Transport Anthony Loke Siew Fook, where they were invited to sign the aircraft model at RedQ’s Level 4 Atrium.

Image: Ariff Shah Sopian

He was then greeted by AirAsia’s AI-powered chatbot and Virtual Allstar, AVA on video. (You might be familiar with AVA, if you have ever encountered any problems with your flights, bookings and such.)

SEE ALSO: Introducing AVA, AirAsia’s Virtual Cabin Crew!

AVA introduced the future of air travel and digital airports, which would help to make travel experiences smoother, personalised and efficient.

Shortly after that, the travel lifestyle technology tour, which kicked off at the Innovation Lab, had AirAsia present airasia.com, its all-in-one travel platform which has now begun to offer lifestyle offerings aside from flights (such as ground transport, tours and entertainment), so travellers can book their travel needs at one stop.

Image: Ariff Shah Sopian

Next, Tun M also took part in the airline operations technology tour, where there was a demonstration of AirAsia’s FACES — Fast Airport Clearance Experience System — a technology that would allow for digital check-ins, self baggage drops, immigration clearance and boarding using facial recognition technology. We believe that this would undoubtedly make our travels much safer, easier and stress-free!

SEE ALSO: Clearing Security Is Now so Easy With F.A.C.E.S. – AirAsia’s All-New Facial Recognition System

Other demonstrations of engineering solutions such as blockchain technology and Skywise, which are able to provide more efficient, reliable and greener end-to-end operations, and AirAsia’s other key components such as e-marketplace OURSHOP, cargo and logistics platform Teleport, fintech venture BigPay and other affiliates such as Santan and AirAsia Foundation were also showcased to Tun M.

Image: Ariff Shah Sopian

Post-tour, everyone gathered back at the Atrium to sing Negaraku before making way for Allstars Lim Ben Jie and Safia Amira to give their welcome speech.

Safia Amira and Lim Ben Jie. Image: Ariff Shah Sopian

Safia, who has been with AirAsia for three years now, is serving as one of the 228 female pilots with the airline (and her father and sister are pilots too!). She thanked AirAsia for providing her the opportunity to chase her dream of being a female pilot, and how anyone can be who they dream to be at AirAsia. 

“At AirAsia, you can achieve anything you want, as long as you dare to dream. The possibilities are truly endless,” she said.

Ben Jie then added, “I always remember what Datuk Din and Tony have told me before: people are AirAsia’s biggest and most important assets, and that is absolutely true.”  

Thereafter, Tun M also took to the stage to say a few words. Tun praised AirAsia for its successes since 2001 and for being the world’s best low-cost airline for the 11th year in a row. He regaled the Alltars of his experiences visiting AirAsia’s then-office at LCCT, and how far it has come since then.
 

SEE ALSO: AirAsia Named World’s Best 11 Times in a Row!


“I would like to congratulate AirAsia for spearheading the revolutionisation of budget air travel in this region, achieving numerous milestones along the years, and for making AirAsia the preferred airline among the people” said Tun M.

Image: Ariff Shah Sopian

He also mentioned that AirAsia was one of the best Malaysian success stories based on innovation and mentioned how AirAsia was the first airline to sell tickets online, have its own app and take social media engagements very seriously. Following this, he looks forward to the digitisation of airports, which AirAsia has now begun to work towards.

What we personally considered a highlight (apart from the fact that Tun M was at RedQ itself), was the Q&A session


Image: Ariff Shah Sopian

Although only three questions were allowed due to time constraints, Tun M’s witty responses were met with such delightful claps and cheers by the crowd:

Question 1: What are your thoughts after experiencing RedQ?

Tun M: Well, I know that this isn’t just a regular office. When they said that AirAsia had an open concept, I thought that they couldn’t afford the glass. But I see even for the top management, they don’t have partitions. I am reminded of a phrase which was meaningful to at one time: “Nothing to hide”. So I hope that you will continue to be very transparent.

Question 2: What is your vision for AirAsia’s future in aviation?

Tun M: My hope is that we can become one of the world’s aerospace centre, so that everything that is connected with airlines and aerospace will begin in Malaysia. 

Question 3: You have seen our progress. You have seen us grow from 2 aircraft to 260. What is your advice for AirAsia to continue its growth in the future?

Tun M: At first when I met these two (Tony Fernandes and Datuk Din Meranun), when they came to see me, I thought they were crazy. To save their money, I told them not to register a new airline. Instead I told them to buy somebody else’s license.  Now I hope that they will keep on growing — not sideways, but upwards. That’s the way to go. Never stop growing.


As a token of appreciation, Tun M was presented with a leather jacket by Projek Jahat, a collaborative fashion design team that works closely with AirAsia Foundation.

Ladies and gentlemen, Tun M in a leather jacket!

Fun fact: That leather jacket was actually made out of old AirAsia plane seats!

Image: Ariff Shah Sopian

Well, that was an immensely productive day, if you ask us (although we may be biased, and hope Tun M felt the same way).

We think it’s a brilliant idea that the government, helmed by Tun M himself, is incredibly supportive of our plans to revolutionise air travel and tourism in our country. After all, this would not only benefit travellers around the globe but also the nation! Here’s to digitised airports!

 

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EatCoconutCanWin Another MAS in the making..soon will pn17
17/08/2019 12:35 PM
EngineeringProfit Hands off, pls

Malu apa pmku
17/08/2019 12:43 PM
BN_better Ex-PM Najib also praised AA just before GE14 but he lost GE14. He even flew AA plane painted BN flag.
17/08/2019 1:12 PM
EngineeringProfit bad hsitory haunts
17/08/2019 1:14 PM
stockmarket101 In Malaysia, you just do whatever to please whoever is in charge and there is no shame in that! It's called good business practice.
19/08/2019 10:23 AM
stockraider No harm Mahathir having an interest & involve with airasia bcos tony will advice him properly loh.....!!
19/08/2019 10:38 AM
stockraider Do not trust manipulative taliban PAS agent loh....!!

Most important do not trust taliban pas agents like lynastoxic, apple juice, speakup, fortunebull, negan, izoklse, engineering profit all these people upto no good they are traitor mah...!!

Yes mahathir is the problem, but kicking out mahathir, means reelection as PH govt collapse mah...!!

PLEASE DO YOUR MATHS LOH...IF U KICK OUT MAHATHIR MEANS THEY WILL BE AT LEAST 40 MPS FOLLOWING HIM, THAT WILL MEAN THE COLLAPSE OF PH GOVT LOH.!

Taliban agent will be vary happy loh...!!

PH govt still got 4 yrs to go loh....!! They is a chance Anwar can takeover in 1 yr time mah....!!

Just monitor mahathir, do not let him sway too far, if did anything wrong DAP and PKR should be better option loh...!!

Anwar will get better sympathy votes while waiting, this way instead of kicking out mahathir
19/08/2019 11:05 AM
paperplane So bila takeover tht lousy MAS??
19/08/2019 6:59 PM


 

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