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AirAsia Launches "Air Asia Loves Asean" Aircraft and Commits a One-Year support to Southeast Asian Nations

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AirAsia I love Asean 50 aircraft
AirAsia loves Asean livery on AirAsia's AirbusA320 was officially presented today in celebration of ASEAN50

In celebration of Asean’s Golden Jubilee, Air Asia is doing so many initiatives as a way to give back to the region where this humble airlines 16 years ago started. Yesterday, while the whole country is also hosting the ASEAN Summit attended by the leaders of Southeast Asia and other parts of the world, I was so honored to be part of AirAsia's doing its share of how as a brand it can help the economy and lives of ordinary people in Asia.

Formally called as AirAsia Loves Asean, this is a series of initiatives focused on education, talent development and the economy to celebrate 50 years of Asean. The initiatives comprise the AirAsia Asean University Partnership, Asean Entrepreneurs Day, Asean Journalists Camp and Allstars Exchange ProgrammeThrough the university partnership, AirAsia will give tertiary students from across the region the opportunity to intern in various capacities with the airline, with a chance to secure full-time employment upon graduation.

Tony Fernandez AIR ASIA CEO
Tony Fernandez, AirAsia CEO. Credit to Chuckie Dreyfus  
Here's how it is gonna happen:

  •  Asean Entrepreneurs Day will reinforce AirAsia’s commitment to Asean entrepreneurs by providing them with a forum to learn from the best startups in the region and a platform to develop and market their businesses, starting with Indonesian actor, host and VJ Daniel Mananta’s “Damn! I Love Indonesia” brand.
  • AirAsia will host the Asean Journalists Camp, a workshop for journalists that will build a greater understanding of Asean’s brand of regionalism, how the organisation works, social, development and integration issues as well as sustainable, community-based tourism.
  • AirAsia Allstars will get the chance to experience working and living in other Asean countries through the Allstars Exchange Programme, which aims to foster cultural exchange at a working and personal level.
Dr. AKP Mochtan, deputy secretary general of ASEAN and (R) AirAsia Group CEO Tony Fernnandes pour champagne to formally present AirAsia's plane bearing I Love Asean livery to mark ASEAN's golden jubilee in Manila. Credit to Chuckie Dreyfus.

AirAsia Loves Asean was launched at event held at the Philippine Air Force Headquarters at Villamor Air Base in Metro Manila, the Philippines today that was attended by Asean Deputy Secretary-General Dr AKP Mochtan, Malaysian Ambassador to the Philippines Dato' Razlan Abdul Rashid, Philippine Congressman Cesar V Sarmiento, Philippine Assistant Secretary of Tourism Daniel Mercado, Philippine Assistant Secretary of Trade Abdulgani Macatoman, Indonesian Director of Aviation Security M Nasir Usman, PAF Commanding General Lt.Gen. Galileo Kintanar, well as AirAsia Group CEO Tony Fernandes and other members of the AirAsia management.

At the launch, AirAsia also unveiled an “I Love Asean” aircraft livery showcasing designs inspired by textiles, architecture, art and nature from all 10 Asean nations - batik cetak from Malaysia, poom khao bin from Thailand, ulos Batak from Indonesia, tapis from the Philippines, trống đồng from Vietnam, kbach pka Chan from Cambodia, Lao phouthai from Laos, chate from Myanmar, jongsarat Brunei from Brunei, and Vanished da Miss Joaquim from Singapore. All AirAsia aircraft based in the region will now also feature the Asean flag, in addition to their national flags.

AirAsia Group CEO Tony Fernandes said, “We owe our success to Asean. As a truly Asean airline, we want to bring the people across the region closer together in line with the amazing work Asean has done over the past 50 years. AirAsia Loves Asean is just the first of many initiatives we have planned to give back to the region that, together with our continued promotion of Asean destinations through our branding and marketing efforts, will be able to help bridge communities and economies as Asean moves towards even greater integration and mutual understanding.”

With fellow bloggers. Credit to Jerson Jaya

It's a humbing experience to be able to see Tony Fernandez, the man behind the AirAsia empire. I personally admire him because of his entrepreneurial talents. If you are aware of AirAsia's history, it is almost starting from a scratch. He saved this airlines from enormous debt and possible bankcruptcy. Only 200, 000 people flies AirAisa during its infancy but now it grow up to 700 million! While he was giving his speech, I notice how he is so sincere of his words - how he loves his workers and his natural talent of breaking the ice when discussions become boring. 

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