AirAsia optimistic about plans to launch new regional airline in India
- POSTED: 19 Sep 2013 21:03
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Budget carrier AirAsia is optimistic about the progress made for its proposed new regional airline in India and expects to launch it three to four months after receiving approval.
SINGAPORE: Budget carrier AirAsia is optimistic about the progress made for its proposed new regional airline in India.
Its group chief executive officer Tony Fernandes says he expects to launch AirAsia’s Indian operations three to four months after receiving approval from the Indian government.
In earlier reports, the low-cost carrier was targeting to launch its domestic operations in India by year-end.
Mr Fernandes said: “India is progressing. I get more and more optimistic about the future of India. As soon as the government gives us the approval, I believe we can do it in about three to four months.”
He was speaking at the launch of AirAsia’s loyalty programme in Singapore on Thursday.
Mr Fernandes says AirAsia is the first low-cost airline in the region to offer such a programme, and it is now expanding the programme to its Singapore customers.
Called BIG, the loyalty programme, which is offered in partnership with DBS Bank and StarHub, allows travellers to accumulate points, which they can redeem for free flights and other services.
DBS Bank card members and StarHub customers can also convert their reward points to BIG Points for redemption.
AirAsia's BIG loyalty programme was earlier launched in Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand.