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AirAsia supporting wildlife rehabilitation in Hanoi

Released at: 08:28, 19/10/2019

AirAsia supporting wildlife rehabilitation in Hanoi

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Carrier launches #AllstarsDoGood - Hammock Amok initiative at animal rescue center in capital.

by Ngoc Lan

Forty AirAsia Allstars from across ASEAN were present in Hanoi to support AirAsia’s latest initiative, #AllstarsDoGood - Hammock Amok.

As part of the initiative, decommissioned firehoses donated by the Fire Rescue Department of Malaysia will be repurposed to create enrichment tools such as hammocks, climbing ropes, log sacks, and feeders to enhance the welfare of rescued animals at the Hanoi Wildlife Rescue Center.

Established in 1996, the rescue center has played a crucial role in rescuing animals from the illegal wildlife trade. The animals are transported to the center, where they are provided with rehabilitation before being returned to the wild.

“We are now in the sixth edition of #AllstarsDoGood Hammock Amok, with Vietnam being the fourth market where we’ve run this initiative, following successful programs in Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia,” said AirAsia Group Head of Culture Attila Emam. “What started out as a collaboration between the AirAsia Foundation and APE Malaysia two years ago has turned into a highly-anticipated regional initiative for AirAsia Allstars to get involved in.”

Established by AirAsia’s People and Culture Department, #AllstarsDoGood encourages Allstars to volunteer for a good cause. Since 2017, 8,712 volunteer hours have been put into #AllstarsDoGood initiatives across ASEAN.

AirAsia recently won the “World’s Best Low-Cost Airline” award for the eleventh year in a row at the prestigious Skytrax World Airline Awards 2019. It was also named “Asia’s Best Low-Cost Airline” and won the “World’s Best Low-Cost Airline Premium Cabin” award for its Premium Flatbed, available on wide-body long-haul AirAsia X aircraft.

The carrier operates 16 direct routes to Vietnam, connecting Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Da Nang, Nha Trang, Phu Quoc Island, and Can Tho with six destinations in Malaysia, Thailand, and the Philippines.

According to a representative from AirAsia, it is continuing to seek new partners for it to join Vietnam’s aviation market. “The robust development of Vietnam’s aviation sector, which sometimes reaches double digits, means AirAsia will always have a ‘growth pass’ if it wants to enter,” the representative said. “We are still in the process of finding suitable new partners and negotiating to establish a joint venture in Vietnam. Despite the market being seemingly crowded with the entry of Bamboo Airways at the start of this year and several other airlines waiting in the wings, AirAsia expects that growth of 7-8 per cent in passenger volumes in the near future will create more opportunities.”

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