AirAsia sets sights on flying taxis in 2022
The CEO says the airline is also developing an urban drone delivery service
Picture: REUTERS/CHARLES PLATIAUKuala Lumpur —Malaysian budget airline AirAsia says it is seeking to launch a flying-taxi business as soon as 2022.“We are working on that right now,” CEO and co-founder Tony Fernandes said on Saturday. “I think we are about a year and a half away from launching.”
He was speaking in an online discussion as part of the Youth Economic Forum.With the airline business taking a hit from the coronavirus pandemic, AirAsia has been expanding in the digital space. It launched a “super app” line in 2020 that offers services from travel and shopping to logistics and financial services.
“We took it as an opportunity, a once-in-a-lifetime chance to recast the business, relook at things,” the CEO said.AirAsia expects to start its own e-hailing services in April, Fernandes said. The flying taxis it hopes to begin providing in 2022 will come with as many as four seats and will be powered by a quadcopter, he added. headtopics.com
Separately on Saturday, the company announced it is partnering with a state agency called the Malaysian Global Innovation and Creativity Centre to develop an urban drone delivery service.While AirAsia is looking for further opportunities to expand its services into new areas, Fernandes is optimistic 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 international borders to start opening in July or August. Read more: Business Day »
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