The Prime Minister of Malaysia, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s vision for the aviation industry is for Malaysia to become one of the worlds’ aerospace centres where everything related to aviation and aerospace industry would come from Malaysia.
Elaborating, he said Airbus had recently made an order for 5,000 units of aircrafts and they were ready to give contracts to others. This, the Prime Minister said gave Malaysia a chance to go into the business.
According to Tun, this was not new for Malaysia. “We have been supplying parts and components to Boeing over a long period of time because they trust our quality. We just need to expand further.”
“We also have the land to set up facilities. There are many investors who are interested to assemble planes and helicopters in Malaysia. We are already doing the finishing touches for engines manufactured in Singapore.”
He added that the the aerospace industry has also been gaining popularity of late, and this gave Malaysia an opportunity to supply parts.
Dr Mahathir said this to reporters during his visit to AirAsia’s headquarters RedQ in Sepang yesterday where AirAsia presented the future of air travel to the Prime Minister.
The tour kicked off at the Innovation Lab with AirAsia presenting airasia.com, its all-in-one travel platform which now features not only travel but also lifestyle offerings so guests can book all their travel needs on one site, from flights and accommodation to ground transport, tours, entertainment and more.
This was followed by a demonstration of a seamless, fully digital airport experience powered by AirAsia’s FACES (Fast Airport Clearance Experience System), which would allow a guest to perform a digital check-in, self baggage drop, immigration clearance and boarding using facial recognition technology. AirAsia also demonstrated how digital engineering solutions such as blockchain technology and Skywise are able to provide more efficient, more reliable and greener end-to-end operations.
AirAsia also showcased other key components of its future travel blueprint, including e-marketplace OURSHOP, cargo and logistics platform Teleport, fintech venture BigPay, and lifestyle and entertainment affiliates such as Santan and AirAsia Foundation.
The prime minister was accompanied by Minister of Transport Yang Berhormat Loke Siew Fook. Key executives from AirAsia who were present included AirAsia Group Berhad Executive Chairman Datuk Kamarudin Meranun, AirAsia Group CEO Tony Fernandes and members of AirAsia Malaysia’s senior management.