The low-cost airline, AirAsia, has reported it sold
279,000 seats in just one single day - Tuesday.
The impressive achievement comes just
ahead of AirAsia X’s March 11 inaugural flight to London from
AirAsia Group CEO Dato’ Sri Tony Fernandes said,
“Despite the slowing economy, the demand for air travel from the
public is still exceptionally strong. This fact is reflected by
the overwhelming sales figures that we received. There are
predictions that demand for air travel will be feeble this year,
but we remain bullish that it will grow, instead, for us. Our
extensive network, which covers over 108 routes, plays a major
role in attracting people to fly with us”
“We also have an
excellent system in place, though yesterday (Tuesday) we did
experience some minimal disruptions due to the high volume of
users logged on to our system. It’s clear, however, that a
majority of our users were able to get through and make successful
bookings. We are thankful for the ‘Open Skies’ booking system
provided by Navitaire, which performed almost flawlessly on every
occasion and manage to handle the most demanding requirements of
our flight booking operations,” Fernandes added.
About 40% of the record sales were derived from
F(r)ee Seats Promotion. The promotion offers f(r)ee seats on
almost all of AirAsia and AirAsia X’s routes where customers just
have to pay fees.
The airline said that the record surge began at
midnight Monday, when the free-seats offer was opened, and within
just two hours, a remarkable 40,000 bookings had been received.
The free seats are available for bookings made
from 10 - 15 February, 2009, for travel from 12 October, 2009, to
January 31, 2010.
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