AirAsia’s In-flight Celebration of 600 Million Passengers Milestone

We were flying at above 30,000 feet for about half an hour when a flight attendant of the AirAsia Davao-Manila flight started speaking over the public-address system. “Ladies and gentlemen, because we are celebrating a momentous occasion, we have prepared a short program for you”. The short program she talked about consisted of a dance performance by two pretty FA’s who twirled to the tune of “señorita” and a trivia contest that awarded six lucky winners with a round-trip domestic ticket.

600 Million Passengers Flown

It was just like yesterday when AirAsia came into the awareness of the traveling public. I can still remember that my very first airplane ride back in 2008 was with AirAsia. It was this trip with my brother to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia that kickstarted my whole wanderlust. Who would have thought that my then wide-eyed 20-something self would became the travel writer I am now today?

Upon learning that we are aboard a flight celebrating the 600-million passengers milestone of AirAsia, the company’s slogan of “Now everyone can fly” really rang true to myself. I was one of the six hundred million travelers that AirAsia has given a chance to fly and see the world at a very affordable airfare. Simply put, my journey as a traveler started when my brother saw a promo from AirAsia and decided on the spot to book us flight tickets more than ten years ago.

More than Just Numbers: Positive Tourism and Employment Impact

We’d like to thank each one of our 600 million guests for choosing AirAsia. Your support is what motivates our 2,100 AirAsia Philippines employees to come to work each day” AirAsia Philippines CEO Ricky Isla said.

This milestone is not just about the numbers. It’s about celebrating the positive tourism and employment impact on our country’s economy. We look forward to further providing Filipinos with the best of service and connectivity across the Philippines and Asean.” Isla adds.

After starting out operating under the mother company AirAsia, AirAsia Philippines was established in 2010 and has since flown more than 30 million passengers to 30 destinations on 52 unique routes. In 2018, AirAsia Philippines introduced additional destinations: Cagayan de Oro, Bangkok, Bali, Shenzhen and Kaohsiung. This year, AirAsia Philippines expanded with more routes such as: Osaka, Bacolod, Chengdu, Hangzhou and Kunming.

By the looks of AirAsia and AirAsia Philippines’ rapid expansion, it will just be a matter of time before this giant budget airline celebrate its 1 billion passenger milestone—and I hope I would be on-board for another next in-flight celebration.

Photo credit: Main photo from Philippine Flight Network