Articles tagged “airasia”

How Not to Close an Island: Tourism Lessons From Indonesia

How Not to Close an Island: Tourism Lessons From Indonesia

Raini Hamdi, Skift

Closing islands for a rehab seems fashionable in Southeast Asia. It shouldn’t be. Authorities must first assess options carefully, and by no means should premature announcements be made. Just look at the Komodo Island example and the wrong messages Indonesia has sent about one of its most unique tourism assets.

1 month ago

AirAsia Chief Tony Fernandes Takes On Added Role as CEO of Airline’s Website

AirAsia Chief Tony Fernandes Takes On Added Role as CEO of Airline’s Website

Raini Hamdi, Skift

AirAsia’s head honcho can’t wait to transform the airline — he's in the driver’s seat for AirAsia.com and pulling in the best of his troop on the journey. Second-quarter results, just out, show a rather promising platform.

2 months ago

Malaysia Airlines Gets 4 Proposals, Unlikely AirAsia Among the Offers

Malaysia Airlines Gets 4 Proposals, Unlikely AirAsia Among the Offers

Anisah Shukry, Bloomberg

Observers think AirAsia CEO Tony Fernandes would be the best at turning around Malaysia Airlines. Too bad he has his eyes peeled on transforming his own airline into a technology company.

3 months ago

Asian Tours Aggregator BeMyGuest Gets Funding Shot in Arm

Asian Tours Aggregator BeMyGuest Gets Funding Shot in Arm

Raini Hamdi, Skift

A leaner and freshly funded BeMyGuest is in a stronger position to harness the growth of Asia’s tours and activities sector. But competition is also mightier.

4 months ago

AirAsia Wants to Build an E-Commerce App That Will Overtake Its Airline Biz

AirAsia Wants to Build an E-Commerce App That Will Overtake Its Airline Biz

Elffie Chew and Kyunghee Park, Bloomberg

At Skift Forum Asia, AirAsia's deputy CEO said she was confident that becoming an online travel reseller was "very doable." The largest budget carrier in Asia certainly has the data and innovativeness to pull it off. But skepticism abounds among industry vets.

5 months ago

AirAsia Deputy CEO Confident That Becoming Amazon of Travel Is ‘Very Doable’

AirAsia Deputy CEO Confident That Becoming Amazon of Travel Is ‘Very Doable’

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Lots of companies have plenty of data at their disposal to improve operations and personalize services. Whether AirAsia has the wherewithal to become a much broader e-commerce platform is a very open question.

5 months ago

Skift Forum Asia: CEO Tony Fernandes Leads AirAsia to Tech Evolution

Skift Forum Asia: CEO Tony Fernandes Leads AirAsia to Tech Evolution

Raini Hamdi, Skift

Who’s afraid of shifting the business model? Not Tony Fernandes, who transformed Asia’s airline industry and could take huge credit for the rise of Asian travel in the last two decades. Will his next transformation be as huge?

6 months ago

Southeast Asia’s Online Travel Agency Traveloka Moves Into Food and Wellness Choices

Southeast Asia’s Online Travel Agency Traveloka Moves Into Food and Wellness Choices

Raini Hamdi, Skift

Here's a riddle: If Traveloka sells lifestyle services and AirAsia is not just an airline, what is an online travel agency? The industry will have to coin a new term since everyone is starting to sell more than just flights and hotels. Any suggestions?

6 months ago

AirAsia CEO Looks to Disrupt Again, This Time in Online Travel

AirAsia CEO Looks to Disrupt Again, This Time in Online Travel

Raini Hamdi, Skift

Tony Fernandes is taking AirAsia on "the final part of the company's evolution," one that will see the airline become a tech player. But it’s one thing to disrupt legacy carriers, and another to disrupt the disruptors in the online travel space. He disagrees, of course.

7 months ago

The Dirty Business Targeting AirAsia Indonesia Just Got Dirtier

The Dirty Business Targeting AirAsia Indonesia Just Got Dirtier

Raini Hamdi, Skift

It appears that AirAsia has a bigger problem on its hands than it can possibly imagine. Now, even the largest local tour operators have stopped selling its flights on their online platforms. Whatever the outcome, one thing is clear: Online travel booking is such a powerful weapon.

7 months ago

AirAsia CEO Quits Facebook, Disgusted by Streaming of New Zealand Massacre

AirAsia CEO Quits Facebook, Disgusted by Streaming of New Zealand Massacre

Chanyaporn Chanjaroen, Bloomberg

Props to Tony Fernandes.

7 months ago

Did AirAsia’s Rivals Arm-Twist Online Travel Agencies to Stop Selling Its Low Airfares?

Did AirAsia’s Rivals Arm-Twist Online Travel Agencies to Stop Selling Its Low Airfares?

Raini Hamdi, Skift

Any form of industry players conspiring to protect their self-interests should be thoroughly investigated. Hopefully this unsettling episode in Indonesia will end soon and everyone can go back to booking the best deal they can get without lame invisible hands interfering with the process.

7 months ago