AirAsia founder turns to mobile apps, music production as planes remain grounded

Tony Fernandes, co-founder and CEO of AirAsia Group, has shifted his interests towards new ventures as the budget airline keeps struggling with the severe drop in travel demand, while 96 per cent of its fleet remains grounded as the coronavirus pandemic carries on.

One project is the development of what Fernandes calls a “super app” for smartphones with which he seeks to generate income in other ways than flying.

He said the idea is to create an all-in-one app for services such as food delivery, shopping, payments, entertainment, messaging and travel under the AirAsia brand which would rival the likes of Grab, GoJek or WeChat and would draw on AirAsia’s “rich database” of more than 60 million users as a starting point.

On August 24, AirAsia already revealed a partnership with digital travel platform Agoda. The collaboration aims to provide users with a convenient way to access 600,000 Agoda properties, and then book airline tickets with the carrier. Users can find hotel and flight packages on the app as well, Fernandes said.

The app would also integrate AirAsia’s existing mobile payment system BigPay and a number of other digital services which have not been revealed yet.

On September 18, another project will come into gears which Fernandes started late last year when AirAsia Group launched a record label entitled RedRecords in partnership with US-based Universal Music Group. The label will release its first product on that day, the debut single “Passcode” of Thai-German artist and singer Jannine Weigel.

“As you may know, I used to be part of the music industry back in the 1990s,” Fernandes said, adding that ”now I ventured back to my own roots (in music) and started my own label.”

RedRecords aims to showcase Southeast Asian musical talent and give rising Asian pop-stars a global platform. Jannine Weigel is the record label’s first signed talent. RedRecords has also partnered with American label Def Jam Recordings to release Passcode in the US market.



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Tony Fernandes, co-founder and CEO of AirAsia Group, has shifted his interests towards new ventures as the budget airline keeps struggling with the severe drop in travel demand, while 96 per cent of its fleet remains grounded as the coronavirus pandemic carries on. One project is the development of what Fernandes calls a “super app” for smartphones with which he seeks to generate income in other ways than flying. He said the idea is to create an all-in-one app for services such as food delivery, shopping, payments, entertainment, messaging and travel under the AirAsia brand which would rival the likes...

Tony Fernandes, co-founder and CEO of AirAsia Group, has shifted his interests towards new ventures as the budget airline keeps struggling with the severe drop in travel demand, while 96 per cent of its fleet remains grounded as the coronavirus pandemic carries on.

One project is the development of what Fernandes calls a “super app” for smartphones with which he seeks to generate income in other ways than flying.

He said the idea is to create an all-in-one app for services such as food delivery, shopping, payments, entertainment, messaging and travel under the AirAsia brand which would rival the likes of Grab, GoJek or WeChat and would draw on AirAsia’s “rich database” of more than 60 million users as a starting point.

On August 24, AirAsia already revealed a partnership with digital travel platform Agoda. The collaboration aims to provide users with a convenient way to access 600,000 Agoda properties, and then book airline tickets with the carrier. Users can find hotel and flight packages on the app as well, Fernandes said.

The app would also integrate AirAsia’s existing mobile payment system BigPay and a number of other digital services which have not been revealed yet.

On September 18, another project will come into gears which Fernandes started late last year when AirAsia Group launched a record label entitled RedRecords in partnership with US-based Universal Music Group. The label will release its first product on that day, the debut single “Passcode” of Thai-German artist and singer Jannine Weigel.

“As you may know, I used to be part of the music industry back in the 1990s,” Fernandes said, adding that ”now I ventured back to my own roots (in music) and started my own label.”

RedRecords aims to showcase Southeast Asian musical talent and give rising Asian pop-stars a global platform. Jannine Weigel is the record label’s first signed talent. RedRecords has also partnered with American label Def Jam Recordings to release Passcode in the US market.



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