Thursday, December 04, 2014

AirAsia unveils 'Thank You Sabah' livery

KOTA KINABALU: The world's best low-cost airline for six consecutive years, AirAsia, unveiled its special livery "Thank You Sabah" on its A320 aircraft at the Kota Kinabalu International Airport (KKIA) Terminal 2 on Wednesday.

The latest livery that took nine days to complete was dedicated to the State and people of Sabah for their undivided support for the airline's significant presence in the State.

Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman said the special livery also marks the airline's commitment to Sabah, to further boost its economic standing via enhanced tourism activities and business opportunities.

Apart from promoting Sabah in the airline routes, he said it also reflects the strong relationship between Sabah and the airline.

"I wish to thank AirAsia for dedicating the special livery to Sabah and its people. We are proud to be associated with a successful and significant airline, and are happy to have Sabah personified on an aircraft flown all over the region, grabbing the attention and evoking the interest of foreign tourists in the State.

"With the airline's significant presence in Sabah and the number of passengers flown into the State, it has resulted in impressive tourism growth and has helped expand further economic growth opportunities.

"We are proud to be part of AirAsia's expansion plans and Kota Kinabalu has been chosen as one of the airline's hubs in Malaysia," he said. State Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Seri Masidi Manjun delivered Musa's speech.

Also present were Sabah Tourism Board (STB) Chairman Datuk Joniston Bangkuai, STB General Manager Datuk Irene Benggon Charuruks, AirAsia Berhad Executive Chairman Datuk Kamarudin Meranun, its Chief Executive Officer Aireen Omar, and Director Dato Fam Lee Ee.

Musa said the State Government will always support ideas or proposals that are beneficial for Sabah and open to discussing plans that help create impact in terms of tourism and commerce opportunities.

"It is our hope that AirAsia will identify and secure more direct routes to Kota Kinabalu, and with that increase trade and tourism in Sabah.

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