It has been my favorite carrier. My first, my cheapest. Brought me to places (actually only BKK, oh and BKK to Chiang Mai too) at ridiculous prices like $1. More than once.
Budget carrier AirAsia no longer interested in Singapore route: chairman After a long campaign to secure landing rights in Singapore, Malaysian budget carrier AirAsia has said it is no longer interested in the lucrative short-haul route. "I am not interested in that route. We are going to other places," AirAsia's chief executive Tony Fernandes told AFP over the weekend. AirAsia currently serves Singapore from the southern Johor state on the Malaysian side of the Causeway linking the two states. In October, the airline accused Singapore of discrimination after it awarded the long sought-after landing rights to a rival Indonesian carrier. Fernandes previously said that Singapore was "a country that is supposed to welcome open competition, but they are scared of us" because the city-state's own budget carriers are struggling. While AirAsia reported a net profit of 111.63 million ringgit (US$29.6 million) for the year to June, budget airline Tiger Airways, a unit of state-owned Singapore Airlines, and JetStar Asia, in which the government has a stake, are unprofitable, the Financial Times newspaper said last month. Fernandes said AirAsia would continue to push to open new routes to other Southeast Asian countries like Cambodia, Vietnam, Myanmar, Laos, Indonesia and Brunei, as well as routes to southern China. "We will open up new destinations. People can go to Bali and Bangkok to shop. It is going to be a loss for Singapore," he said. AirAsia was launched in December 2001 with just two aircraft and has since become a significant regional player, with its business model increasingly imitated by national carriers and a host of new low-cost entrants. The airline covers most major cities in Southeast Asia, linking Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore, Macau, Vietnam, Cambodia, Xiamen in China and the Philippines. - AFP /ch
Being somewhat a goggle box of the late, I happened to watch this show on Channel 8/U called Crossfire, and they were discussing whether Singapore should allow companies to use such marketing gimmicks. In their example, the company in doubt called it "Ladies' Night" or "shu nu zhi ye" and at the Heartland of Tampines at C Square, engaged some hot sweaty MALE bods shaking their bon bons really really hard wearing skimpy shorts or tight leather pants with their G strings showing a bit, just the way we girls fear when wearing our ultra low waist jeans. All as part of their marketing gimmick, which is of no relevance to the product itself. So is it right to do it or not?
To me? What's the big deal. The only qualms I really had was that why of all places in such a public place like Century Square. That's all. I mean, I really suppose they just want crowds, and the way to get crowds is to have something new, something different, from the rest. Like there was a time where companies made girls sell bubble tea in bikinis. And it created the hoo-ha they wanted and people went there to look at the babes and well, bought their bubble tea. Objective met.
There will always be an association of skimpy women with beers and cars. What relevance were there? There never were. It's just to boost sales. And it's not illegal, or too controvesial. Paris Hilton was engaged by Carl's Jr too. For Burger! Or Tiger's latest ad?
Is it then, because of the fact that it is now male bods we are talking about, making men the object of desire?
There was this professor from China who said things like the only reason why we are different from animals is that we know how to control our emotions and desires and we have managed to supress this for thousands of years. Why now let it all come to a waste.
And I was really like ???????? So a night of watching some bon bons will unleash the animal in you and you will just lay every guy you lay your hands on? And it will really waste away the thousands of years of surpression? WOW.
And then she said why must we follow the Western society all the time, just because they do it we must do it meh?
You know, I really really hate it when people always always blame the Far West for everything. For the openess about sex lah, for the bad influence lah, for the increase in crime rates lah, increase in rapes lah, whatever. Not like I am a firm supporter of the Ang Mohs or anything, but please be reasonable, it's not all their fault.
I really believe it is a result of globalisation AND urbanisation. Cramping thousands and thousands of people in the city with nothing better to do, it is inevitable shit happens. And the refusal to believe that times have changed (since long ago but people just didn't want to say it out openly)
I digress. Conclusion? Do it man, whatever you like, just not at such a public place next time please, where kids are around.