AirAsia Group plans air taxi, drone supply service
Malaysia’s AirAsia Group plans to launch an air taxi service and the nation’s first drone supply service because the price range provider seeks to diversify amid the coronavirus pandemic, the corporate’s CEO stated on Saturday.
As a part of the group’s diversification push, it additionally goals to launch a ride-hailing service subsequent month as COVID-19 continues to hit air journey.
“The air taxi can have a pilot and 4 seats. In the intervening time, we now have our staff engaged on this upcoming service by AirAsia,” Chief Govt Tony Fernandes stated on the Youth Financial Discussion board 2021, state information company Bernama reported on Saturday.
The service ought to begin working in about 18 months, Fernandes was quoted as saying.
He additionally introduced that the airline’s logistics unit Teleport, which is at present testing an city drone supply service with state-backed agency Malaysian World Innovation and Creativity Centre (MaGIC), would conduct its first business supply by the top of this 12 months.
“(The) thought was introduced up three weeks in the past and now it’s actuality,” he wrote on Instagram.
Fernandes stated the group was recovering from the influence of the pandemic and had used the chance to speed up its digital transformation, Bernama reported.
The struggling airline, which reported a fifth straight quarterly loss in November, has been looking for to lift 2.5 billion ringgit ($613.95 million) from loans and buyers.
Final month, it stated its 33%-owned Japanese unit, which ceased operations final October, had begun chapter proceedings.