AirAsia’s Tony Fernandes’ priority is next-of-kin of passengers, crew

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AirAsia Group CEO Tan Sri Tony Fernandes says he is touched by the massive show of support with regards to the airline’s missing aircraft Flight QZ8501. — TRP file pic

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 28, 2014:

AirAsia Group chief executive officer Tan Sri Tony Fernandes has vowed to see the tragedy that has befallen his airline today to the very end.

Although he described the missing AirAsia flight QZ8501 as his “worst nightmare”, he said there was no stopping all efforts.

“I am touched by the massive show of support especially from my fellow airlines.

“To all my staff AirAsia all stars be strong, continue to be the best. Pray hard. Continue to do your best for all our guests.

“I, as your Group CEO, will be there through these hard times. We will go through this terrible ordeal together and I will try to see as many of you,” he tweeted earlier.

Fernandes added that priority at the moment was looking after the next-of-kin of his staff and passengers.

He also said that he would continue to update others on any information as it comes.

In response to Fernandes, Defence Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein tweeted his support to the CEO as well.

“I will be there with you,” replied Hishammuddin, to which Fernandes thanked the minister for the support.

“We will go through this terrible ordeal together,” added Fernandes.

Hishammuddin then reassured the AirAsia head that he was keeping in touch with his counterparts in Indonesia and Singapore on the incident.

AirAsia flight QZ8501 en route to Singapore lost contact with Jakarta air traffic control (ATC) tower after taking off from Surabaya earlier this morning.

The aircraft is an Airbus A320-200 bearing the registration number PK-AXC.

After more than 10 hours since the incident, the Indonesian Navy Chief reportedly announced that search and rescue operations for QZ8501 have been suspended for the day. – The Rakyat Post

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