(marketingmagazine.com.my) – Rewarding the winning athletes from the recent Paralympic games, AirAsia gave away free flights to the game’s Asean winners at a gala event held at the Asian Aviation Centre of Excellence. Gold medal winners received a lifetime of free flights, while silver and bronze winners received five and three years' worth of free flights respectively. They were given a special AirAsia BIG card in gold, silver and bronze that allows them to fly to more than 120 destinations around the world.
In attendance were AirAsia Group CEO Tony Fernandes, AirAsia X Group CEO Datuk Kamarudin Meranun, AirAsia Berhad CEO Aireen Omar and AirAsia Singapore CEO Logan Velaitham as well as government and sports officials from Asean.
AirAsia Group CEO Tony Fernandes said, "Once again, Asean athletes have made the region proud by showing we can be a serious contender on the world stage, and it is my great pleasure to present these fine sportsmen and sportswomen with free flights in recognition of their amazing achievements. These para-athletes prove that there is no limit to the human spirit, no obstacle to achieving our dreams that we cannot overcome with focus, determination and hard work. They are an inspiration to the region and to the world."
Malaysia won three gold medals through Mohamad Ridzuan Mohamad Puzi, Muhammad Ziyad Zolkefli who also broke the world record and Abdul Latif Romly.
Thailand performed superbly by bagging the most number of medals of any ASEAN countries. Indonesia and the Phillippines both scored medals but not the gold.