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How Is AirAsia Indonesia Related To The AirAsia We Know In Malaysia?

There are subtle differences between AirAsia and AirAsia Indonesia of missing flight QZ8501 that are worth knowing.

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AirAsia Indonesia operates in Indonesia under the company PT Indonesia AirAsia. It was established via a joint venture between AirAsia International Ltd and PR Awair International.

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Initially established on 8 December 2004, the airline has been operating for more than 10 years

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It has hubs in Jakarta, Bandung, Bali, Surabaya and Medan

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It operates a fleet of about 30 Airbus A320s, the same aircraft model of missing flight QZ8501

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AirAsia Indonesia is 49% owned by Malaysia-listed AirAsia Sdn Bhd and 51% by Indonesian shareholders as stipulated by an Indonesian law requiring citizens to own at least 50% of any local airline

Although it operates under the AirAsia brand name, it is a separate entity from the AirAsia that we know in Malaysia

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As such, AirAsia Indonesia is fully responsible for its operations except for some areas that are managed by AirAsia such as procurement of planes

AirAsia Indonesia is headed by president director Sunu Widyatmoko. He served as the airline's Chief Financial Officer before his appointment.

Sunu Widyatmoko speaking to the press.

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Sunu joined AirAsia Indonesia in 2013 as Chief Financial Officer. Prior to joining AirAsia Indonesia, Sunu has held various prominent positions in the financial industry. He served as Director of Investment Banking at PT Bahana Securities where his primary roles were to take companies public on the Indonesian Stock Exchange, assisting companies with merger & acquisition, as well as corporate restructuring. Previously, Sunu was with PT Indocement Tunggal Prakarsa Tbk and Ernst & Young Advisory Services.

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Group chief executive officer Tan Sri Tony Fernandes oversees all operations of AirAsia companies around the world

Tony Fernandes (second from left) with Sunu Widyatmoko (third from left)

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With more than 50 airlines operating in Indonesia, AirAsia Indonesia has only 5% market share in the country

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In 2013, AirAsia Indonesia carried a total of 7.85 million customers. It also launched 13 new routes, nine of which are international.

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The AirAsia group has had a commendable safety record until 28 December 2014 when flight QZ8501 went missing

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"Tony Fernandes and AirAsia are highly regarded with the aviation industry. The airline is highly successful and had an excellent safety record," said John Strickland, director at London-based JLS Consulting.

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