Air Asia crew don turban for maiden Amritsar flight

Air Asia’s Rafidah and some turban-donning crew on the maiden flight to Amritsar – Photo: Handout

Low cost carrier AirAsia has given a booster to the Merdeka Day Shining Turban campaign when some of their crew wore the turban for its maiden flight to Amritsar today.

This is exactly what Asia Samachar’s  #MerdekaDayShiningTurban campaign intends to do: getting Malaysians Sikhs to don the turban when the nation celebrates the Merdeka Day on 31 Aug.

“16 years ago I promised Captain Paramjeet we would fly to Amritsar and he would be Captain on the flight. I’m thrilled we delivered for him,” Air Asia group CEO Tony Fernandes said in a social media sharing.

Operated by AirAsia’s long-haul affiliate, AirAsia X, flight D7188 departed from Kuala Lumpur with AirAsia’s fun team dancing to bhangra beats.

Guests and dignitaries on board were treated to traditional Indian laddu gifts amongst other entertainment inflight as part of the celebrations, it said in a statement.

Joining the inaugural festivities were AirAsia X chairman Rafidah Aziz, AirAsia X CEO Benyamin Ismail and AirAsia X Group commercial head Barry Klipp who also held a special press conference in Amritsar together with Punjab Tourism and Cultural Affairs Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu today (17 Aug 2018).

Since 2008, AirAsia has carried more than 19 million passengers across 21 cities in India, including more than 300,000 guests on its long-haul network to New Delhi and Jaipur.

“Amritsar is of significant interest to tourists thanks to the Harmandir Sahib (The Golden Temple) and the city’s numerous historic and cultural sites,” said Benyamin.

Passengers from 15 cities including Bali, Melbourne, Sydney, Singapore and Bangkok will be able to connect, via Kuala Lumpur, to Amritsar using the AirAsia’s Fly-Thru service for a seamless air travel.

AirAsia now serves a total of 22 Indian cities – Amritsar, Bhubaneswar, Bengaluru, Kolkata, Kochi, New Delhi, Guwahati, Goa, Hyderabad, Indore, Imphal, Bagdogra, Chandigarh, Ranchi, Jaipur, Chennai, Nagpur, Pune, Surat, Srinagar, Tiruchirappalli and Visakhapatnam.

On the Malaysian soil, Asia Samachar has launched the #MerdekaDayShiningTurban campaign. All you need to do is wear a turban on 31 Aug wherever you are.

All-turban crew: Capt Paramjeet Singh (left) and first officer Jovinder Singh (right)


AirAsia X to start Kuala Lumpur-Amritsar direct flights in August (Asia Samachar, 2 May 2018)

Merdeka Day Shining Turban (Asia Samachar, 1 Aug 2018)


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