The leading Asian low-cost carrier said in a statement that it even beat out other longer-established and renowned airlines such as Singapore Airlines and Ryanair, Europeâ€™s largest low-cost carrier.
â€śAirAsia was also ranked highest in the US$250 million-US$2 billion (RM787.1 million-RM6.3 billion) annual revenue category.
â€śThis award is based on a statistical analysis of an airlineâ€™s financial and operational performance. AirAsia emerged top overall with 81 points, Ryanair received 78 and SIA came in at 70 points,â€ť the statement said.
“This is just amazing. To beat airlines such as Singapore Airlines and Ryanair and all the other global industry players is almost beyond words. Who would have thought 10 years ago that in just over a decade, AirAsia would reach such celestial heights,” AirAsia Group CEO Tony Fernandes said in the statement.
â€śThe award is also a triumph for Malaysia and Asean. AirAsia is firmly placing Malaysia on the global aviation map. Yes, we have world beaters in our country â€“ and not just in squash and badminton!
“AirAsia is demonstrating to the world what Malaysia can achieve as long as we put our minds to it and strive together,” he added.