Sep 22, 2012

Tony Fernandes: The story of Air Asia















Air Asia chief executive Tony Fernandes, whose father is from Goa, said in a 14 September email to Mint that he was keenly awaiting the policy change.

“Fantastic news that India has opened up investment to foreign airlines. With Malaysia opening up, this is fantastic news for airlines like Air Asia,” he tweeted on 15 September.

“Great that Indian government has put people first. Will we be in India? Well let’s see.”

Will Air Asia India succeed if it launches ? Why and why not?

source : mint, youtube video

4 comments:

  1. An organisation can only set its house in order to succeed. But if the government is hell bent on stopping the progress no one can do anything. Be it Air Asia or some one else.

    Indian civil aviation needs a complete overhaul, in other words it needs to be sent to a good MRO hangar. FDI in aviation will not solve anything.

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  2. Doctor Aviator22 September, 2012

    Will find it difficult. Operating in India is very different to operating to India. To start with Air Asia Tony Fernandes will have to deal with the likes of Charan Dass(s), Lalit Guptas ,Sharans, and Inspector Raj of the FID. In short our clueless, unprofessional and incompetent DGCA. Then the high airport user charges and fuel cost. Tony will not be able to come to grips with these contradiction to LCC operations. Suggest he stuck with 'to India' rather than 'in India'.

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  3. Charan Dass(s), Lalit Guptas ,Sharans, and Inspector Raj of the FID. In short our clueless, unprofessional and incompetent DGCA.

    Didn't the FAA consider them to be doing a great job? Didn't the mantri say that?

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  4. Tony will not create an India AirAsia simply because the ground realities in India still have not changed. A smarter way would be take a stake in an existing carrier - say Go Air - whose size etc. fit AirAsia much better than IndiGo (too big and with a mind of its own, despite the A320 commonality) or SpiceJet (lesser commonality with the B738 and Q400 fleet though the Marans may be delighted).

    This tie up will mean the Indian partner will retain its identity but will bring in lots of synchronization with AK in terms of fleet, better negotiations with common suppliers, schedule harmonization, etc.

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