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Tue, 19 Nov 2019

AirAsia.com Starts Selling Seats on Other Airlines

AirAsia has expanded its online offering to include flights on other airlines.

Thanks to a partnership with travel technology company Kiwi.com, destinations such as London, Dubai, Madrid and Auckland are now available to the more than 50 million unique monthly users who choose to book flights, hotels, activities and more on airasia.com.

Tony Fernandes, airasia.com CEO, said, “When we started AirAsia as a low-cost airline back in 2001, I never thought one day we would be selling our competitors. But if there’s one thing I’ve learned, it’s never say never. Never say never and believe the unbelievable. Today, with the help of Kiwi.com, we are reinventing ourselves as more than just an airline, bringing to life our vision for airasia.com to be the region’s one-stop travel shop.”

Screenshot of a search for a flight from London Heathrow to Bangkok on 21 November 2019 and returning 29 November 2019 on AirAsia.com's new system powered by Kiwi.com Click to enlarge.

AirAsia’s website users can now book travel on more than 100 airlines to destinations currently not served by AirAsia, including Europe, Australia, New Zealand, the Middle East and the Americas.

Rajiv Kumar, airasia.com Head of Airline Distribution, said, “In addition to the strategic partnership with Kiwi.com, which is focused on content and technology sharing, we are also exploring opportunities to partner directly with airlines and companies who complement our existing network and travel services beyond Asia Pacific.”

The campaign comes off the back of the company’s reorganisation, which separates AirAsia’s airline operations from its travel and lifestyle arm, airasia.com.

Since the reorganisation was announced in August this year, more than 700 Allstar staff have been recruited, and in addition to being based across Asia Pacific, a new airasia.com campus will open in central Kuala Lumpur early next year.

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