A look at the week in the Asia-Pacific
By Jordan Chong
It has been a difficult week for the AirAsia Group with the closure of its Japanese operations after just three years in the air and some uncertainty about the prospects of long-haul arm AirAsia X.
AirAsia Japan joined a growing list of airlines that have found the financial pressures brought on by the coronavirus pandemic too tough to withstand, following the collapse of NokScoot and the retirement of Tigerair Australia by parent company Virgin Australia, which itself was under new ownership after going through voluntary administration.
It was the second time AirAsia co-founder, Tony Fernandes, has tried and failed to establish a foothold in Japan, following his failed joint venture with All Nippon Airways (ANA) that began in 2012 and was terminated by the Japanese carrier the following year. Read More »