AirAsia CEO Tony Fernandes claimed that the budget airline is on time.
He was speaking during a forum on “My Voice, My Nation” in Bukit Jalil yesterday (June 26).
“I have 15 minutes to speak about my life and like AirAsia, I will be on time.”Tony Fernandes via Malaysiakini
He then relayed a short story about how he’s “not always on time”.
“Well, but (I am) not always on time.”Tony Fernandes via Malaysiakini
According to Tony, during Tun Dr Mahathir’s first stint as prime minister 18 years ago, Tony had an appointment with him. The meeting was to propose initiating AirAsia as a budget airline.
Tony’s appointment with Dr Mahathir was set at 9.30am. However, Tony arrived three hours earlier, at 6am. To ensure he would not be late for the meeting.
“The man who actually gave me the chance to start AirAsia is sitting in front of me today.”Tony Fernandes via Malaysiakini
During the forum, Dr Mahathir was also present. He too spoke about punctuality.
We took to Twitter to find out what Malaysians thought about AirAsia’s punctuality…
I beg to differ. I was at the MYY airport waiting to go home to KCH. Original flight was at 6 something in the evening. Took off only at 10 something at night, after a series of delay announcements.— Puteri Santubong (@PUTERISANTUB0NG) June 27, 2019
Please enlighten me, @AirAsia @tonyfernandes https://t.co/9IGp2Ta7Bk
I thought air asia always delay— shahirul basir (@BasirShahirul) June 27, 2019
Air Asia flight always on time if you factor in a 2 hour customary delay…..— Eddie LFC (@lfc_eddie) June 27, 2019
Nope, I’ve had bad delays with AirAsia up to 2 hours!😂 https://t.co/SXA27Px9ih— Kuhan (@itskuhan) June 27, 2019
This comes after an incident earlier this week where the defence ministry condemned Malaysia Airlines (MAS) for a flight delay that resulted in Defense minister, Mat Sabu, missing his appointment with Dr Mahathir in London.