AIRASIA, the world’s best low-cost airline for six consecutive years, yesterday unveiled its latest aircraft livery dedicated to the people of Sabah which took place at the Kota Kinabalu Inter-national Airport (KKIA) Terminal 2, said a press release.
The unveiling event was graced by the presence of YB Datuk Seri Panglima Masidi Manjun, Sabah Minister of Tourism, Culture and Environment; YB Datuk Joniston Bangkuai, Chairman of Sabah Tourism; YBhg Datuk Irene Benggon Charuruks, General Manager of Sabah Tourism; Datuk Kamarudin Meranun, Executive Chairman of AirAsia Berhad, and Aireen Omar, CEO of AirAsia Berhad.
The “Thank You Sabah” aircraft livery was launched as a tribute to the State and people of Sabah, for their undivided support in making AirAsia an airline with a significant presence in the state. It is also a mark of AirAsia’s commitment towards Sabah, to further boost its economic standing via enhanced tourism activities and business opportunities.
AirAsia Berhad’s Executive Chairman, Datuk Kamarudin Meranun said, “It’s always an honour for us to be in Sabah. The wonderful support from the State Government and its people enables us to be the most significant airline here in the state.
“The ‘Thank You Sabah’ aircraft live-ry is specially dedicated to its people for all the support given to us and as a mark of our commitment towards fur-ther developing the economy of Sabah through more tourist arrivals and heigh-tened business opportunities.
“We would never forget the people who were there to support us when we first started out 13 years ago, and grateful for the enthusiasm to be part of our dreams and believing in our aspirations. That’s the motivation for us to do our best and make AirAsia a success. Thank you, the Sabah State Government and the people of Sabah.”
YAB Datuk Seri Panglima Musa Haji Aman, Chief Minister of Sabah said, “I applaud AirAsia for its effort in deli-vering low cost flight services for the benefit of the people in Sabah. With the airline’s significant presence in Sabah and the number of passengers flown in to the state, it has resulted in impres-sive tourism growth and expanded
further economic growth opportunities for us.”
“We are proud to be part of AirAsia’s expansion plans and have Kota Kinabalu chosen as one of the airline’s hubs in Malaysia. The Sabah State Government is always ready to do whatever’s necessary within our capacity to ensure that AirAsia feels right at home in Sabah, to facilitate more growth of the airline in the state,” adds YAB Datuk Seri Panglima Musa Haji Aman.
The “Thank You Sabah” livery was painted on AirAsia’s Airbus A320 aircraft and took about nine days to complete. Two production teams consisting of 30 personnel worked with dedication on two shifts a day to render the design on the body of the aircraft, with a total of 6,480 man-hours spent.