AirAsia X Making a Difference in Nepal

Travel News Asia Latest Travel News Podcasts Videos Wednesday, 21 November 2012

Barely five months after flight D7 192 arrived in Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu to mark AirAsia Xs arrival into Nepals picturesque capital city, the Kuala Lumpur-based long haul low cost airline has launched the One Laptop Per Child Program, a community outreach project in partnership with OLE Nepal.

OLE Nepal is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of education in Nepal, while reducing the disparity in education quality and access through the integration of technology in the classroom teaching-learning process.

The collaboration between OLE Nepal and AirAsia X for an initial period of 12-months is the first community outreach programme for the airline and the first for OLE Nepal in tapping corporate funding to reach out to the community as a non profit organisation.

Under the One Laptop Per Child Program, AirAsia X will sponsor 30 specially designed XO laptops made by One Laptop Per Child for young children at Chandi Devi Primary School and train teachers on integrating the laptops and digital learning resources in classroom teaching.

AirAsia X is humbled to be in a position to make a difference to the lives of children in a country that it operates in and is committed to ensuring the success of the program, said AirAsia X, Chief Executive Officer, Azran Osman-Rani. AirAsia X started with the belief of connecting people and businesses in underserved areas and positively impact the way they live, work and play. As an airline that drives innovation across all areas of our business, we are pleased to work with an organization that shares in our belief and our philosophy of making a difference and improve lives. As guests, we are also conscious of our social responsibility towards people and community in the countries that we visit and we constantly look at the needs of the community for the best and most effective way in which we can and should be involved in.

The XO laptops will be pre-loaded with various learning tools including the curriculum based digital learning materials, E-Math, designed by OLE Nepal. The school will also be fitted with a local network that includes a server connected to OLE Nepals digital library, E-Pustakalaya.

Education is a subject thats close to our hearts and entrenched in the DNA of the airline and is a personal vision of our Co-Founder and Director, Tan Sri Tony Fernandes. We will continue to support any noble initiative that best serves and brings about improvement to the community where we are present, Azran added.

AirAsia X began operating flights to Kathmandu in July, 2012 and currently flies three flights weekly between Kuala Lumpur to Kathmandu onboard the A330-300 aircraft in a 2-class configuration of 12 Premium Flatbed seats and 365 Economy seats.

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