The AirAsia Group said it has taken delivery of its 150th Airbus A320, which will be operated by Malaysia AirAsia under flight code AK.
The airline is dedicating this aircraft to James Rao, the son of Dr Kiran Rao, Airbus executive vice president; who recently lost his life to cancer at the age of 21. James obtained his Commercial Pilots License in 2012 and was a First Officer flying the Airbus A320 aircraft. James achieved his dream of flying the A320 at such a young age and his active work in engaging with underprivileged children and orphans in Mumbai, India.
Tony Fernandes, Group CEO of AirAsia said, “Kiran is a dear friend, and I’ve had the privilege to know James personally over the years. He was a great kid with a big heart. I have seen the good work he was doing with underprivileged children. We are glad to partner Kiran’s family and contribute towards the ‘James Rao, Live Your Dream’ foundation which will help provide a platform to support more young people to become pilots.”
“The Airbus A320 aircraft has contributed immensely toward our business model and our operations as a group. We run a 100 percent Airbus A320 fleet across Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, the Philippines and now India and look forward to continue our long-standing relationship with Airbus for many more aircraft to come in our expanding fleet,” Fernandes added.
At present, the AirAsia Group operates 167 Airbus A320s, of which 150 aircraft are direct orders from Airbus. It services the most extensive network across the region with 88 destinations.