AirAsia won for the 11th time at the prestigious Skytrax World Airline Awards, grabbing honours as the world’s best low cost airline at the Paris Air Show this summer.
But despite the prestigious accolades, the airline says it won’t get complacent — renewing its commitment to improve flights services for domestic and foreign routes and keeping costs low for customers, the Jakarta Post reported.
In July 2019, the airline launched three new routes from Jakarta to Sorong in West Papua, Lombok in West Nusa Tenggara and Semarang in Central Java.
The new routes will start operating on Sept. 1 and will be served by Airbus A320 aircraft with a capacity of 180 seats.
In June, AirAsia launched five new domestic routes. The five round-trip domestic routes are Jakarta-Lombok (11 flights per week), Bali-Lombok (seven flights per week), Yogyakarta Kulonprogo-Lombok (three flights per week), Bali-Labuan Bajo (seven flights per week) and Surabaya-Kertajati (three flights per week).
AirAsia will start operating its flight services on the five new domestic routes from Aug. 1 onwards, the Jakarta Post reported.
In an effort to attract more passengers to the new routes, AirAsia is offering special prices, namely for Jakarta–Lombok starting from Rp 635,000, Bali–Lombok from Rp 243,000, Surabaya–Kertajati from Rp 626,000. All the prices are one-way, but include tax and free baggage up to 15 kg.
AirAsia is also now considered one of the safest airlines in the world, earning an impressive “6/7” star rating at airlineratings.com.
The airline passed a major international safety audit that covers more than 1,060 separate parameters.
The Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) is conducted by the International Air Transport Association and airlines that have completed the audit have a safety record almost four times better than those that have not.
The first airline to complete the audit, when it was introduced 15 years ago, was Qatar Airways. Now 425 airlines have completed the audit, which is renewed every two years.
Besides the route expansion, last month AsiaAsia also offered five million cheap tickets through its Big Sale 2019 program for various domestic and international destinations.
The airline has also introduced a new standard of flight comfort with its Airbus A330neo, which it hopes will change the public perception of long distance flights. It vows to offer the best value of ticket prices for 30 long distance destinations in 10 major markets.
“Besides developing international connectivity to support the visit of foreign tourists to Indonesia, this year, as we promised, we are focusing on expanding our domestic routes, especially those to eastern Indonesia,” said AirAsia’s president and director Dendy Kurniawan.
Sources: Jakarta Post, Business Insider, Airlineratings.com