AirAsia Group Voted Top LCC in Asia

by Airlineratings Editors
May 31, 2023

The AirAsia Group* including AirAsia X has been awarded the Top LCC in Asia by in its annual Airline Excellence Awards.

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Launched in 2002 by Tony Fernandes with just two planes Air Asia has had spectacular growth over the past two decades years to become a dominant force in the Asian region.

The rise and rise of KL-based AirAsia is, without doubt, one of the airline industry’s great success stories for it has had to combat one external crisis after another, plus manoeuvre around a host of roadblocks put up by governments wanting to protect national (and often government-owned) airlines.

AirAsia and its Group airlines have re-written the rule book for airlines in Asia and beyond and today AirAsia has 255 aircraft flying to 165 destinations.

AirAsia X Premium Flatbed Editor-in-Chief Geoffrey Thomas said that the win was “richly deserved.”

“Mr. Fernandes (below) and AirAsia X Malaysia chief executive Benyamin Ismail have done an outstanding job guiding the airlines to their market dominant position.”

“These airlines have made travel affordable for tens of millions throughout Asia, and they offer outstanding value and a great experience.”

Capital A Group CEO Tony Fernades said, “This is truly humbling after the past few through most turbulent years in aviation history and we thank the experts at for their continued support and honouring aviation excellence. 

“As a leading aviation and travel ecosystem platform now we will continue to deliver the very best value across all of our businesses. Including platform business airasia superapp (airlines, hotels, ride, food), fintech, aircraft  maintenance, and cargo, which is amongst the fastest growing in the Southeast Asian region.”

Benyamin Ismail, CEO of AirAsia X said, “At AirAsia X (AAX) we will always focus on delivering the very best in terms of safe, affordable and reliable air travel for medium-haul flights which are typically over five hours across the Asia Pacific and beyond. We have already re-launched our most popular destinations to India, South Korea, Australia, Japan, China and New Zealand and have many more destinations which we will be announcing soon as we review new low-cost flights to Istanbul for the first time and more to the greater China region to cater for strong demand.

“Our premium flatbeds which are amongst the best low-cost business-style seats in the sky alongside our incredible inflight service are one of many reasons our guests continue to fly with us. AAX is also thankful to the team at for their unwavering support to acknowledge us yet again as amongst the world’s leading airlines in our category.”

*Malaysia AirAsia, Thai AirAsia, AirAsia Philippines and medium-haul affiliates AirAsia X and Thai AirAsia X. was developed to provide everyone in the world with a one-stop shop for everything related to airlines, formed by a team of aviation editors, who have forensically researched nearly every airline in the world.

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