Articles tagged “airasia”

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?

3 weeks 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?

1 month 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.

2 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.

2 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.

2 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.

2 months ago

AirAsia Targets Startups With New Venture Capital Fund

AirAsia Targets Startups With New Venture Capital Fund

Sean O'Neill, Skift

As an airline, AirAsia has led its peers in many metrics, especially on cost control. But its new effort to nurture startups has the odds against it. Will this effort bring strategic gains for the company? We’ll know in a few years.

3 months ago

AirAsia Looks to Be an Unlikely Online Travel Agency Competitor

AirAsia Looks to Be an Unlikely Online Travel Agency Competitor

Raini Hamdi, Skift

Tony Fernandes' vision for AirAsia's digital platforms is taking shape. He wants his airline to be your true travel companion. Watch out OTAs.

3 months ago

Pilot Shortage Threatens to Stifle Asia’s Tourism Boom

Pilot Shortage Threatens to Stifle Asia’s Tourism Boom

Kyunghee Park, Bloomberg

Asian airlines are scrambling to build academies to train new pilots. But tourism economies are increasingly being hurt by the dearth of pilots. The industry needs to come together with better solutions to solve this looming labor crisis.

3 months ago

Vietnam Tour Operator Vietravel to Launch New Airline

Vietnam Tour Operator Vietravel to Launch New Airline

John Boudreau and Mai Ngoc Chau, Bloomberg

What? Another new airline in Vietnam? Bamboo Airways has barely taken to the skies when a major tour operator in the country decides we want to get in on this, too. Tourism is booming in Vietnam but that is never a guarantee for success in any sector.

4 months ago

Low-Cost Long-Haul Airlines Haven’t Solved Their Late Arrivals Problem

Low-Cost Long-Haul Airlines Haven’t Solved Their Late Arrivals Problem

Irene García Pérez and Richard Weiss, Bloomberg

Low-cost airlines grew up on short-haul flights, and haven't made a smooth transition into the long-haul arena. With fewer resources at far-flung airports, carriers like Norwegian and AirAsia X often don't have adequate backup plans.

5 months ago

Budget Carrier AirAsia Is Trying to Become a Lifestyle Booking Site

Budget Carrier AirAsia Is Trying to Become a Lifestyle Booking Site

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Can a budget carrier like AirAsia also be an aspirational brand, and a hotel and activities booking site? The dual operations — running an airline and an online-travel-agency-like operation — seem like a big stretch. That's especially so when the airline is facing intense pressure from rising fuel costs.

8 months ago