Tycoon Tony Fernandes’ AirAsia X Returns To The Black Amid Post-Pandemic Travel Rebound

AirAsia X (AAX)—the long-haul airline unit of Malaysian tycoons Tony Fernandes and Kamarudin Meranun’s funds provider AirAsia Group— returned to the black amid a surge in journey demand following the gradual resumption of worldwide journey post-pandemic.

The corporate posted a internet revenue of 25 million ringgit ($5.5) within the three months ended September, in contrast with a internet lack of 652.5 million within the earlier quarter, AAX stated in a press release on Tuesday.

“AAX is now properly on observe in its restoration path even because the airline is compelled to function in a difficult operational surroundings dictated by excessive gasoline costs and a weakened Malaysian ringgit in opposition to the US greenback,” Benyamin Ismail, CEO of AirAsia X Malaysia, stated in a press release. “Whereas we’re cautious of the strenuous working circumstances, we stay assured that the restoration of the corporate is on the horizon, if not already inside our attain.”

With the restoration in journey demand, AAX stated the corporate has elevated flight frequencies to worldwide cities comparable to Seoul and Delhi, whereas resuming flights to short-haul home locations comparable to Kota Kinabalu and Kuching. The airline presently operates 9 Airbus A330s and plans so as to add 4 extra plane to its fleet by the primary half of 2023.

AAX and its mum or dad AirAsia Group are benefiting from the revival of worldwide air visitors and elevated home demand in Malaysia. The group has been step by step redeploying its fleet, with a complete of 108 of its plane returning to the skies as of August and an extra 52 plane turning into operational by the tip of this yr.

Airways have been among the many hardest hit by the pandemic as governments all over the world imposed lockdowns and restricted cross-border journey to curb the unfold of the virus up to now three years. International airways are anticipated to return to profitability subsequent yr after shedding some $189.5 billion within the three years for the reason that depths of the pandemic in 2020, in accordance with estimates by the Worldwide Air Transport Affiliation.

Fernandes—who just lately stepped down as group CEO of AAX to deal with returning AirAsia Group to profitability—and Kamarudin took over the airline in 2001 to construct a low-cost provider that may make air journey reasonably priced. The companions dropped out of final yr’s rating of Malaysia’s 50 Richest individuals.

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