Tony Fernandes conferred Darjah Seri Paduka Mahkota Perak by DYMM Sultan Perak
KUALA KANGSAR (PERAK), 19 April 2010 – AirAsia Group CEO Dato’ Sri Dr. Tony Fernandes CBE is amongst the list of awards recipients for the Sultan of Perak, Sultan Azlan Shah’s 83rd birthday today. Tony was conferred Darjah Seri Paduka Mahkota Perak (S.P.M.P) which carries the title Dato’ Seri at the Istana Iskandariah in Kuala Kangsar today.
Under Tony’s leadership, AirAsia has grown into a world-class and innovative brand with its revolutionary low fares, premium products and high quality services. After taking over the then struggling airline in late 2001, Tony and his management grew the airline which has now flown over 100 million guests and linking cities across Asia Pacific. AirAsia has served the underserved, supported in opening-up the certain markets to the world, boost trade & tourism industry, generate economy, provide careers to the rakyat and made countless dreams come true.
From a fleet of two aircraft, one destination and staff of 250, the AirAsia Group now operates a fleet of 102 aircraft, 150 routes to 78 destinations, and a staff of 8,000.
The airline has also invested millions of dollars in quality improvement measures that include the running of its world-class training center, the AirAsia Academy, which implements trainings to ensure high quality service and supports new knowledge acquisition.
Tony said he is humbled to receive this award and dedicated it to all the years of hard work and commitment of the team at AirAsia.