group CEO Datuk Kamarudin Meranun, Lingam, Pahamin, AirAsia chairman
Datuk Abdul Aziz Abu Bakar and Indonesia AirAsia CEO Capt. Dharmadi in
front of the plane honouring Lingam.
LOW-COST carrier AirAsia recently unveiled two aircraft with special liveries bearing images of two individuals as a tribute and recognition of their contribution to the growth of the airline.
The two brand new Airbus A320s bear the likenesses of former AirAsia chairman Datuk Pahamin Ab. Rajab and AirAsia chief operating officer Bo Lingam. "These aircraft with the special liveries convey our thanks to both Datuk Pahamin and Bo for their generous contributions that have helped the airline grow from a fledgling Malaysian LCC to the Asean airline that it is now, the world’s best low-cost carrier, no less," said AirAsia group CEO Datuk Sri Tony Fernandes.
"Their contributions to the company were pivotal to the growth of the airline. I hope that with these two aircraft, we give a reminder of the value of hard work and dedication to a dream and inspire others to emulate their examples," he said.
He added that the two new aircraft showcases the company’s commitment to excellence not just in service but in all aspects of the business, its practice of meritocracy and its support to the One Malaysia initiative.
Pahamin first joined AirAsia in 2001 and helped steer the then new airline towards success with his expertise in transportation and trade.
Prior to joining the airline, he was an advocate and solicitor, Road Transport Department director-general at the Transport Ministry, and secretary-general of the Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs.
Meanwhile, Bo joined AirAsia in 2001 as ground operations manager and has since held various positions including regional head of operations, regional director for guest services and senior manager for purchasing and supplies.
Bo helped set up AirAsia Thailand, the Bangkok-based affiliate of AirAsia Group and worked his way up the corporate ladder to eventually be named chief operating officer this year.
He has been instrumental in establishing high service standards across the airline’s operations and in propagating the AirAsia AllStars Culture – passionate, focused, fun and committed to service excellence.