By VIANCA GAMBOA
Having been awarded as the world’s best low-cost airline for 11 years by Skytrax, the global benchmark of airline excellence, Air Asia achieved greater heights with the launch of its new office called Red Point at Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3.
The 2,000-square-meter office features modern open plan design and technology, meeting rooms themed according to seasons (winter, spring, summer, and autumn), innovative zones, and creative spaces. The vibrant office with quirky interiors is also filled with hammocks, swing areas, and a gym.
The new headquarters is home to over 2,100 AirAsia Allstars—cabin crew, engineers, executives—based in Manila and will cultivate collaboration, creativity, and innovation as the company transforms to become more than just an airline, but a lifestyle brand.
Sec. Berna Romulo-Puyat testified to Air Asia’s achievements and clear focus on sustainable growth as a low-cost carrier through the years of being in the local industry. She said, “Philippines Air Asia has produced countless movers and shakers
in the tourism industry, and the spirit of the Filipino travel, creating affordable and attainable travel expenses for many Filipino.”
AirAsia Philippines CEO Ricardo Isla added, “As Asia’s largest low-cost carrier, the opening of Red Point signifies a new era for AirAsia in the Philippines. Its new and stylish working environment has been specifically designed to break down departmental silos, inspire collaboration, and foster creativity. The new office space is an expression of AirAsia’s core values, especially of putting people first, as they go about delivering what our guests want and expect.”
AirAsia’s executives also shared the airlines’ good revenue and positive developments at the unveiling held last Oct. 9. Vice chairman of AirAsia Philippines Sheila Romero said that 2019 is AirAsia’s banner year, stating that the revenue increase by 39 percent by the end of the year, hitting a projected P29-billion-mark. “Air Asia Philippines is further affirmed by our past three quarters and financial reports, with the highest load factor of 91 percent.We also observe a passenger count of 10 million.” She also said how AirAsia prides on being the market leaders in Tacloban, Puerto Princesa, Kalibo, and Caticlan en route Korea, Taiwan, and China.
They also shared how the carrier’s on-time performance (OTP) has improved with regards to its number of reserved cabin crew and planes, helping in the expansion of flight operations here and abroad—recently Bacolod and Osaka, Japan.
After gaining majority control over the local ownership of the low-cost carrier, Deputy Speaker Mikee Romero is set to transform Philippines AirAsia to be more than just an airline that sells seats, but also sells a lifestyle. AirAsia Philippines operates a fleet of 24 aircraft on more than 500 weekly domestic and international flights from its hubs in Manila, Clark, Cebu, and Kalibo.