AirAsia eyes launch of air taxis, drone delivery service

Malaysian budget airline AirAsia Group said it is considering the launch a flying-taxi business as soon as next year and also a drone delivery service in regional cities.

“We are working on that right now,” Tony Fernandes, the company’s chief executive officer and co-founder, said on March 6 at a virtual conference, according to Bloomberg News.

“I think we are about a year and a half away from launching the flying taxis,” he noted, adding that they would come with as many as four seats and will be powered by a quadcopter. He did not specify on which regional markets he would focus in the beginning.

Separately on Saturday, the company announced that it was partnering with a state agency called the Malaysian Global Innovation and Creativity Center to develop an urban drone delivery service.

Optimism over travel business rebound

The moves are additional steps towards diversifying the airline’s business as air travel demand has hit rock bottom amid the coronavirus pandemic. As a counter measure, AirAsia has been expanding in the digital space and launched a “super app” last year which offers services from travel and shopping to logistics, ride-hailing, food delivery and digital payments.

Fernandes showed optimism that air travel will “soon” rebound with the rollout of vaccination programmes. The group offers low-cost flights linking 22 countries, mostly in the Asia Pacific region.

“I hope interstate travel will start in the next two to three weeks within Malaysia,” he said. He expects Malaysia’s international borders to start opening in July or August.



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Malaysian budget airline AirAsia Group said it is considering the launch a flying-taxi business as soon as next year and also a drone delivery service in regional cities. “We are working on that right now,” Tony Fernandes, the company’s chief executive officer and co-founder, said on March 6 at a virtual conference, according to Bloomberg News. “I think we are about a year and a half away from launching the flying taxis,” he noted, adding that they would come with as many as four seats and will be powered by a quadcopter. He did not specify on which regional markets...

Malaysian budget airline AirAsia Group said it is considering the launch a flying-taxi business as soon as next year and also a drone delivery service in regional cities.

“We are working on that right now,” Tony Fernandes, the company’s chief executive officer and co-founder, said on March 6 at a virtual conference, according to Bloomberg News.

“I think we are about a year and a half away from launching the flying taxis,” he noted, adding that they would come with as many as four seats and will be powered by a quadcopter. He did not specify on which regional markets he would focus in the beginning.

Separately on Saturday, the company announced that it was partnering with a state agency called the Malaysian Global Innovation and Creativity Center to develop an urban drone delivery service.

Optimism over travel business rebound

The moves are additional steps towards diversifying the airline’s business as air travel demand has hit rock bottom amid the coronavirus pandemic. As a counter measure, AirAsia has been expanding in the digital space and launched a “super app” last year which offers services from travel and shopping to logistics, ride-hailing, food delivery and digital payments.

Fernandes showed optimism that air travel will “soon” rebound with the rollout of vaccination programmes. The group offers low-cost flights linking 22 countries, mostly in the Asia Pacific region.

“I hope interstate travel will start in the next two to three weeks within Malaysia,” he said. He expects Malaysia’s international borders to start opening in July or August.



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