26 March, 2020

Temporary grounding of AirAsia Group's fleet

In view of the continued coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic that has led to extensive and increasing border restrictions imposed by various countries, the AirAsia Group is temporarily hibernating most of its fleet across the network.

In a statement, AirAsia Group Berhad confirmed the grounding of most of its fleet in order to comply with various travel bans, movement restrictions and home quarantine orders to ultimately protect the safety and wellbeing of its passengers and employees.

All affected passengers are being notified and will then be able to convert their flight booking into a credit account that is valid for future redemption for 365 days or moving their flights for an unlimited number of times without any charges to another date prior to 31 Oct 2020.

"We believe this temporary fleet hibernation is the right thing to do to ensure the well-being of our guests and employees, which will remain as the top priority of our business during this challenging time.".

The airline's cargo and logistics platform Teleport will remain operational, with Teleport utilising passenger aircraft to transport medical aid and protective equipment intended for hospitals and frontline emergency responders at selected destinations.

The Air Asia Group's management and senior employees have volunteered a salary sacrifice, ranging from 100% at the very top to 15%, to help cut costs.

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