Cebu travel agencies and tour operators filled up the 3rd floor conference hall of Mandarin Hotel here in Cebu City yesterday Oct 23 to attend the launching of the airline’s new Cebu to Cagayan de Oro and Cebu Davao Route among other things and primarily to showcase their new expanded services in Southeast Asia.
Top executives of the airline company headed by CEO Air Asia Philippines Atty. Joy Caneba were in attendance to show to their industry partners in this part of the country that they give much importance to their invitation for them as major contributors in order to realize their plans to become a major player in the airline business with Cebu as one of the hubs.
CEO Joy welcomed the “by invitation only” participants and proclaimed that the team she had with her during that event was very much thrilled to offer better Air Asia services to their flying customers, to deserve being named Skytrax Best Low Cost Airline for 6 consecutive years and the world’s Best Low Cost Carrier by World Traveler’s Awards for 3 years in a row.
The first presentor, Larry Luna, Sales Executive Commercial Department of Air Asia Philippines Visayas/Mindanao, started by saying that Air Asia Philippines has increased its stake to 49% in Air Asia Zest since March 2013 and since then the Filipino low cost carrier Zest Air was fully rebranded as Air Asia Zest. Today they operate a fleet of 14 aircraft servicing 14 destinations, with international ports in China, and Korea taking off from Naia, Kalibo, and Mactan international ports.
Presentor Len Cagang, proceeded to enumerate why it is a smart choice to fly with Air Asia.She continued that everything is easy when you plan ahead and that’s what Air Asia is doing. It has came up with smart innovations to make traveling not a hassle but instead a pleasure. She cited their Ancillary Add-on services like: Carry more and save more by pre booking online and get a rate as low as Php170 for domestic and Php 750.00 per kg for international. Anotrher is Pick-a-seat where you choose your preferred seat on board. Pick your seats and sit near your close friends and families. Get a travel protection to protect you in your journey from start to finish for as low as Php200 for domestic and Php 250.00 for international one way. And yes they have also according to her their exciting CAREFUL WE’RE HOT! Where passengers can enjoy delectable hot meals of your choice on board for as low as Php 168.00. Taking advantage of the latest in technology Air Asia came up with hash tag GET SMART BEAT THE QUEUE. It is easy quick , and free. Mobile check -in while on the go from your mobile phone from 14 days to 1 hour before scheduled departure. Another is WEB check-in. You can check in from home or office from 14 days to 1 hour from scheduled departure. And then there is KIOSK check-in available 24 hours to 1 hour before scheduled departure. All these will translate into flexibility for the discerning business traveler. Or have you heard yet about their FLY-THRU? Yes passengers can now conveniently transfer from one flight to another without hassle. The feature includes: one time booking; no transit visa required. baggage check thru; guaranteed connection. With FLY-THRU you can now fly extra long across Asia and Australia from Manila to Adelaide to Sydney to Melbourne all via Kuala Lumpur. There are 22 new FLY-THU routes from Manila to Malaysia, Thailand, Brunei, Myanmar, Cambodia, Vietnam, India and Indonesia.
Presently, Air Asia fly to Manila from Cebu, Kalibo, PuertonPrincesa, Tacloban, Tagbilaran, Kuaka Lumpur, Kota Kinabalu, Macau, Seoul (Incheon) Shanghai and fly from Cebu to Manila, Kuala Lumpur, Seoul, Cagayan de Oro (soon), Davao (soon) and also fly from Kalibo to Manila Kuala Lumpur, Busan, Seoul.