Long view guides social media strategy

Illustration: Martin Megino

If anyone still doubts the prominent role of social media in Asia, the latest figures should remove any uncertainty. In China alone, there are more than 560 million internet users.

Saturday, 1 June, 2013, 4:55am

Richard Branson serves as AirAsia stewardess after losing bet

British entrepreneur Richard Branson (left) poses with AirAsia's Chief Executive Tony Fernandes while dressed as an AirAsia flight attendant. Photo: AFP

His star turn on the flight from Australia’s Perth to the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur came after he lost a Grand Prix bet with the Malaysian budget carrier’s founder.

12 May 2013 - 6:03pm 1 comment

Talking Points

Chu Wai-wing

A 77-year-old repairman is sentenced for breaching building regulations while working on a To Kwa Wan tenement which later collapsed, killing four people. 

6 Mar 2013 - 2:51am

Briefs, January 8, 2013

Investment in NBA China begins to pay off

AirAsia founders plan to list insurance firm

8 Jan 2013 - 4:21am

Branson to be AirAsia stewardess after losing GP bet

Sir Richard Branson, chairman of Virgin Group. Photo: AP

British billionaire Richard Branson will finally wear a red skirt and serve as a stewardess on Malaysian budget carrier AirAsia in May after losing a Grand Prix bet with the founder of the airline.

20 Dec 2012 - 1:27pm

AirAsia buys 100 Airbus A320s and A320neos jets

AirAsia buys 100 Airbus A320s and A320neos jets

AirAsia, the region's biggest discount airline, unveiled an order for 100 additional Airbus A320 jets, as the carrier expands to fend off competition before being removed from Malaysia's benchmark stock index.

15 Dec 2012 - 3:12am

AirAsia boss said to plan unveiling order for 100 Airbuses

AirAsia is now Airbus’s biggwest customer for single-aisle aircraft in the world. Photo: AFP

AirAsia, the region’s biggest discount airline, plans to unveil an order for 100 Airbus A320 jets on Thursday as the carrier expands operations to fend off rising competition, two people familiar with the contract said.

13 Dec 2012 - 9:55am

AirAsia chief has energy for just one more 'biggie'

AirAsia chief executive Tony Fernandes

AirAsia said it may add only one more major hub for expansion as it focuses on boosting profits from Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia in the next three years.

The region's biggest discount carrier aims to increase annual profit from its three main markets to 1 billion ringgit (HK$2.53 billion) each, group chief executive Tony Fernandes, said in Kuala Lumpur.

23 Nov 2012 - 3:04am

Travellers' checks

Boutique Bangkok

10 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Nightmare for disabled on mainland airlines

Mainland airlines treat disabled passengers with industry-wide discrimination, according to state media.

Such passengers have been overcharged, denied boarding or physically assaulted during air travel, China Central Television said in a report yesterday.

23 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

AirAsia probed by Australian competition watchdog

AirAsia, the regional low-cost airline, is being investigated by a competition watchdog in Australia after it allegedly failed to properly display all-in ticket prices for flights on a raft of routes including services to Chinese cities including Macau. It faces fines that could run to millions of Australian dollars if convicted.

26 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Travellers' checks

Sandakan revisited

1 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Set sail to luxury without leaving land

A visit to the Philippines' first and only integrated resort, Resorts World Manila, is the closest thing to a luxury cruise ship vacation on land, offering self-contained hotel and entertainment facilities and a sense of hassle-free security.

11 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Budget carrier says costs lower than rival firm's

Peach Airlines, a Kansai-based budget airline formed between All Nippon Airways (ANA) and First Eastern Investment Group, said it would operate at lower costs than rival low-cost carrier AirAsia Japan and aimed to become a dominant budget airline on mainland China routes in three to five years.

5 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Spring Airlines to list in Shanghai in 2012

Spring Airlines, China's only budget airline, plans to list on the Shanghai Stock Exchange as early as the first quarter of next year to help expand its fleet and international network.

22 Jul 2011 - 12:00am