I grew up as a kid with a head full of dreams and imaginations.
Before this Air Asia X came about, I could only DREAM of flying all the way to London to meet up with Mr. Big Ben.
Or travelling to Stonehenge to see the ancient pieces of rock..
Or crossing over to Paris to climb up the Eiffel Tower..
They would have remained dreams had it not been for the innovative and ambitious ideas of this man.
He is Azran Osman Rani, the CEO of Air Asia X.
The existence of Air Asia X, without a doubt, makes tickets for long-haul flights more affordable to the less-fortunate and struggling people like me.
So, when I was told that Azran Osman Rani was coming to Kota Kinabalu to give a talk on the successful story of Air Asia X, I just made sure my name was in the guest list.
With an American accent he probably picked up during his years of studying at the University of Stanford in the United States, he took to the stage and wowed the crowd with his presentation of the excellent and innovative ideas that had turned Air Asia X from a relatively unknown airline into a world-renown as it is today.
He spoke of how the idea of doing long-haul flights at minimum expenses had initially regarded as either crazy or over-ambitious. People were reasoning out that it had already been done in the past and FAILED.
Nevertheless, they went on with the idea and flew their very first flight from Kuala Lumpur to Gold Coast, Australia on 2 November 2007. The rest was history.
When most airlines were badly hit by the economy crisis last year, Air Asia X has remained afloat.
And is continuing to do well. In fact, Air Asia X is keeping expanding from merely an airline to a brand to a variety of products and services.
Well, it would have been grander if it was Tony Fernandez, but I believed Azran Osman Ranie had played his role BIG TIME.
I could only have three words to say of him.
Respect. Respect. Respect.
I hope Air Asia will add more places in its list of destinations. Then I can fly to more places and countries :-)