Air Asia founder building Asia’s next “super app”

Air Asia founder Tony Fernandes is building Asia’s next “super app” as he deals with the coronavirus travel downturn. He is expanding into music, food delivery, banking, shopping, e-payments and travel to ensure that there is limited travel in this pandemic.

However, Air Asia founder by launching the super app; to rivals the apps such as likes of Grab, GoJek and WeChat with an all-in-one mobile platform. As per this idea, Air Asia founder is looking at new ways to generate income; while his planes are wreck due to coronavirus.


“The downturn was a blessing in disguise as it allowed us to focus more on it. Running an airline takes up a lot of our time but we have been given the opportunity and time to focus on our digital business.” stated Mr Tony Fernandes, Air Asia founder.

Air Asia has cut its workforce by 30% and reduce remaining staff salaries by 75% to save the airline; as it has struggled a lot during the COVID-19 pandemic. Furthermore, in an interview with the BBC; Air Asia founder also said that he almost spends his time for the travel slump so that he can improve the AirAsia app.

Asia’s next “super app” :

“AirAsia has always been a digital company. We were one of the first airlines to sell online. It’s in our bloodstream,” added Mr Fernandes, Air Asia founder . He is also a major shareholder of English football club Queen’s Park Rangers (QPR).

“I know a super app sounds like a lofty target but Grab and GoJek also started out small as food or mobility apps. Plus people also questioned me the same way when I said I wanted to start AirAsia.”

Not only this, AirAsia has become Asia’s biggest budget carrier which is a proud moment. AirAsia already is a “rich database” including 1 million users. And now applied for banking licences in Malaysia and Singapore to help it expand across the region into lending and wealth management.

Moreover, BigPay Company has set the vision on super apps like Singapore-based Grab, Indonesia’s GoJek and China’s Meituan.

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