Saturday, May 9, 2009

AirAsia wins award from Airbus

AIRASIA Bhd has received the A320 Family Operational Excellence Award from Airbus in recognition of its service record with the single aisle aircraft type.

In a statement in Kuala Lumpur today, AirAsia said the award was presented in Paris this week during Airbus' bi-annual symposium of all operators of the A320 Family worldwide.

The selection criteria for the awards is based on data covering two years of operation and takes into account the number of aircraft in the fleet, daily utilisation rate, technical reliability and the number of delays caused to flights for operational reasons.

"While the world A320 Family fleet continues to record outstanding operational results, these awards recognise exceptional technical performance at individual operators," said Charles Champion, Executive Vice President Customer Services.
"AirAsia has established an extremely efficient operation with its Airbus aircraft, including exceptionally high utilisation and an outstanding dispatch reliability," Champion added.

AirAsia Group CEO, Dato’ Sri Tony Fernandes said the award from Airbus accentuated the constant efforts of the airline, in striving for better performance and greater flying experience for customers.

AirAsia is one of the largest customers for the Airbus A320 Family, having placed firm orders for 175 aircraft, of which 59 have already been delivered.

All A320s ordered by AirAsia are in 180-seat configuration and powered by CFM International CFM56 engines.

AirAsia in Malaysia now operates a fully Airbus A320 fleet and is in the process of replacing its existing Boeing 737’s in Indonesia and Thailand with the brand new A320.

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