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Tony Fernandes

5 out of 5

Group CEO AirAsia Malaysia

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 Tony Fernandes Biography

Tony Fernandes founded Tune Air Sdn Bhd in 2001, with a vision to make air travel more affordable to Malaysians. With that in mind, Tony and his three partners bought over AirAsia from its owner DRB-Hicom. Tune Air's initial project was to remodel AirAsia into a low fare no frills carrier after successful low fare airlines such as U.S.-based Southwest Airlines and Dublin-based Ryanair and create a new aviation product in Malaysia.

Under Tony's leadership, the fledgling airline with a RM40 million debt became a thriving business. The airline repaid all debts and has been in a profitable position from the first day of operation. In less than 3 years, AirAsia grew from 2 modest Boeing 737-300 to 30 and is now operating over 100 domestic and international daily flights from hubs in KLIA, Johor Bahru , Bangkok and Jakarta.

Under his wings, AirAsia went on to revolutionize the air travel industry in Malaysia and pioneered the low cost phenomenon in Asia. In 2004, AirAsia formed successful joint ventures in Thailand and Indonesia where AirAsia holds 49% stake in both companies. Thai AirAsia, a joint venture with Shin Corporation, Thailand's largest telecommunication conglomerate, took to the skies in Feb 2004 and has to date carried over 1 million passengers in its first year of operations. PT AWAIR , re-launched as a low fare airline on Dec 8th 2004 presently served 5 domestic destinations in Indonesia.

Tony is a familiar face in the aviation industry as well as on an international level. He has appeared on the covers of Airline Business magazine, Asian Wall Street Journal, New York Times, International Herald Tribune, and featured on countless international publications such as South China Morning Post, Financial Times, Far Eastern Economic Review, The Economist, and many more.

Away from aviation, Fernandes is president of the Asian Basketball League and in 2010 he revived the Lotus Formula One team before renaming it Caterham in 2012. In August 2011, he was unveiled as the majority shareholder of English soccer Premier League’s Queens Park Rangers, where is is also chairman of QPR Holdings Ltd.

Recognized for his unique leadership and entrepreneurial skills, Tony speaks on the growing business market in India and South East Asia believing that staff is the first priority, and that creativity and innovation in business are crucial.

AirAsia has been named the World’s Best Low-Cost Airline at the annual Skytrax World Airline Awards 10 times in a row from 2009 to 2018. AirAsia was also awarded World's Leading Low-Cost Airline for the sixth consecutive year at the 2018 World Travel Awards, where it also won the World's Leading Low-Cost Airline Cabin Crew award for a second straight year.

Fernandes has received numerous honours and awards over the course of his career. These include the Honour of the Commander of the Order of the British Empire, conferred by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in 2011, and the Commander of the Legion d’Honneur, awarded by the French government for his outstanding contributions towards the economy of France through the aviation industry.

In 2010, Fernandes was named Businessman of the Year by Forbes Asia - the first person from Malaysia and Asean to receive the honour - for democratising air travel and transforming AirAsia into a successful global brand. TIME Magazine included Fernandes in the 2015 TIME 100 list, the magazine’s annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world which included Chinese President Xi Jinping, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and hip-hop artist Kanye West.

In 2016, Fernandes was recognised by the US-Asean Business Council with the Fourth Pillar Award for his extraordinary contribution towards the growth of Asean, the second recipient of the award after the Administration of US President Barack Obama.

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  • Tony Fernandes, AirAsia CEO Honored as the Malaysian Achievement Award of the Year

    Renowned Malaysian entrepreneur, Tan Sri Dr. Tony Fernandes of AirAsia was awarded the top title at the 1st Malaysian Achievement Award at the prestigious Double Tree by Hilton, along Jalan Ampang, Kuala Lumpur. He was recognized for his efforts in flying the Malaysian entrepreneurial spirit on both local and global fronts...

  • 12 success strategies of AirAsia boss Tony Fernandes

    MALAYSIA — Congratulations to AirAsia Group boss Tony Fernandes of Malaysia and his business partner, the Philippines’ undisputed “Juice King” Alfredo “Fred” M. Yao. On Dec. 7, I was one of the guests on the inaugural flight Z2 511 of budget airline AirAsia Zest from Manila’s Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 4 to Miri City in the Sarawak state of Malaysia, which took only...

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    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Tony Fernandes for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Tony Fernandes for your next private or corporate function.
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    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Tony Fernandes or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Tony Fernandes or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.
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Tony Fernandes

5 out of 5

Group CEO AirAsia Malaysia

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Tony Fernandes Biography

Tony Fernandes founded Tune Air Sdn Bhd in 2001, with a vision to make air travel more affordable to Malaysians. With that in mind, Tony and his three partners bought over AirAsia from its owner DRB-Hicom. Tune Air's initial project was to remodel AirAsia into a low fare no frills carrier after successful low fare airlines such as U.S.-based Southwest Airlines and Dublin-based Ryanair and create a new aviation product in Malaysia.

Under Tony's leadership, the fledgling airline with a RM40 million debt became a thriving business. The airline repaid all debts and has been in a profitable position from the first day of operation. In less than 3 years, AirAsia grew from 2 modest Boeing 737-300 to 30 and is now operating over 100 domestic and international daily flights from hubs in KLIA, Johor Bahru , Bangkok and Jakarta.

Under his wings, AirAsia went on to revolutionize the air travel industry in Malaysia and pioneered the low cost phenomenon in Asia. In 2004, AirAsia formed successful joint ventures in Thailand and Indonesia where AirAsia holds 49% stake in both companies. Thai AirAsia, a joint venture with Shin Corporation, Thailand's largest telecommunication conglomerate, took to the skies in Feb 2004 and has to date carried over 1 million passengers in its first year of operations. PT AWAIR , re-launched as a low fare airline on Dec 8th 2004 presently served 5 domestic destinations in Indonesia.

Tony is a familiar face in the aviation industry as well as on an international level. He has appeared on the covers of Airline Business magazine, Asian Wall Street Journal, New York Times, International Herald Tribune, and featured on countless international publications such as South China Morning Post, Financial Times, Far Eastern Economic Review, The Economist, and many more.

Away from aviation, Fernandes is president of the Asian Basketball League and in 2010 he revived the Lotus Formula One team before renaming it Caterham in 2012. In August 2011, he was unveiled as the majority shareholder of English soccer Premier League’s Queens Park Rangers, where is is also chairman of QPR Holdings Ltd.

Recognized for his unique leadership and entrepreneurial skills, Tony speaks on the growing business market in India and South East Asia believing that staff is the first priority, and that creativity and innovation in business are crucial.

AirAsia has been named the World’s Best Low-Cost Airline at the annual Skytrax World Airline Awards 10 times in a row from 2009 to 2018. AirAsia was also awarded World's Leading Low-Cost Airline for the sixth consecutive year at the 2018 World Travel Awards, where it also won the World's Leading Low-Cost Airline Cabin Crew award for a second straight year.

Fernandes has received numerous honours and awards over the course of his career. These include the Honour of the Commander of the Order of the British Empire, conferred by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in 2011, and the Commander of the Legion d’Honneur, awarded by the French government for his outstanding contributions towards the economy of France through the aviation industry.

In 2010, Fernandes was named Businessman of the Year by Forbes Asia - the first person from Malaysia and Asean to receive the honour - for democratising air travel and transforming AirAsia into a successful global brand. TIME Magazine included Fernandes in the 2015 TIME 100 list, the magazine’s annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world which included Chinese President Xi Jinping, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and hip-hop artist Kanye West.

In 2016, Fernandes was recognised by the US-Asean Business Council with the Fourth Pillar Award for his extraordinary contribution towards the growth of Asean, the second recipient of the award after the Administration of US President Barack Obama.

Tony Fernandes Videos

  • Tony Fernandes on how he built Asia’s largest low-cost carrier,...
    Subscribe to our YouTube channel for free here: https://sc.mp/subscribe-youtube Since he started with two leased planes, Tony Fernandes has built...
  • Believe the Unbelievable: Tony Fernandes at Oracle OpenWorld Asia 2019
    Businesses are facing unprecedented change. Competition is being redefined and new business models are being created. The aerospace industry is no...
  • This Music Executive Bought an Airline for 30 Cents and Transformed it
    Tony Fernandes spent years as an accountant and then a music executive—but he’d always dreamed of owning an airline. So in 2001, he bought a...

FAQs on booking Tony Fernandes

  • How to book Tony Fernandes?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Tony Fernandes for both live and virtual events for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for Tony Fernandes, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Tony Fernandes or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Tony Fernandes?

    Booking fees for Tony Fernandes, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Tony Fernandes, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Tony Fernandes?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Tony Fernandes for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Tony Fernandes for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Tony Fernandes or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Tony Fernandes or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Tony Fernandes is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Tony Fernandes for your event is available upon request. Tony Fernandes generally travels from and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Bill Rancic, Paul Orfalea, Pat Croce, Matt Barrie and Maynard Webb. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Tony Fernandes for an upcoming live or virtual event.

Tony Fernandes Speaker Videos

  • Tony Fernandes on how he built Asia’s largest low-cost carrier, AirAsia
    Subscribe to our YouTube channel for free here: https://sc.mp/subscribe-youtube Since he started with two leased planes, Tony Fernandes has built AirAsia into Southeast Asia’s biggest low-cost...
    Believe the Unbelievable: Tony Fernandes at Oracle OpenWorld Asia 2019
    Businesses are facing unprecedented change. Competition is being redefined and new business models are being created. The aerospace industry is no exception to this. Amidst all this, AirAsia has...
  • This Music Executive Bought an Airline for 30 Cents and Transformed it
    Tony Fernandes spent years as an accountant and then a music executive—but he’d always dreamed of owning an airline. So in 2001, he bought a struggling, indebted airline for about 30 cents....
    How Air Asia founder Tony Fernandes' dream came true
  • Launch of 'Creativity: Weapon of Mass Disruption'

Tony Fernandes News

  • Tony Fernandes, AirAsia CEO Honored as the Malaysian Achievement Award of the Year

    Renowned Malaysian entrepreneur, Tan Sri Dr. Tony Fernandes of AirAsia was awarded the top title at the 1st Malaysian Achievement Award at the prestigious Double Tree by Hilton, along Jalan Ampang, Kuala Lumpur. He was recognized for his efforts in flying the Malaysian entrepreneurial spirit on both local and global fronts...

  • 12 success strategies of AirAsia boss Tony Fernandes

    MALAYSIA — Congratulations to AirAsia Group boss Tony Fernandes of Malaysia and his business partner, the Philippines’ undisputed “Juice King” Alfredo “Fred” M. Yao. On Dec. 7, I was one of the guests on the inaugural flight Z2 511 of budget airline AirAsia Zest from Manila’s Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 4 to Miri City in the Sarawak state of Malaysia, which took only...

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This website is a resource for event professionals and strives to provide the most comprehensive catalog of thought leaders and industry experts to consider for speaking engagements. A listing or profile on this website does not imply an agency affiliation or endorsement by the talent.

All American Entertainment (AAE) exclusively represents the interests of talent buyers, and does not claim to be the agency or management for any speaker or artist on this site. AAE is a talent booking agency for paid events only. We do not handle requests for donation of time or media requests for interviews, and cannot provide celebrity contact information.

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