By LIM AI LEE - The Star
OAKLAND (California): AirAsia X has arrived in the United States with “Xcellence” - its Airbus A340 - touching down here on Monday morning.
The no-frills airline is the first from Asia to associate itself with a performance driven National Football League team, the Oakland Raiders.
Newly-appointed Malaysian Ambassador Datuk Seri Dr Jamaludin Jarjis, who was at the Oakland International Airport to witness the touchdown, congratulated AirAsia for promoting a Malaysian brand in the US.
“This is a great step in building bilateral ties and contribute to the development of the tourism industry in this part of the world and in Malaysia,” Dr Jamaludin said at his first official function since presenting his credentials to Deputy State Secretary Dr James B. Steinberg in Washington on Friday.
Also present were the city’s Mayor Ron Dellums, Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis and CEO Amy Trask, AirAsia X CEO Azran Osman-Rani and director Datuk Lim Kian Onn.
“With AirAsia, we will see new business opportunities in the services sector,”he said.
Dr Jamaludin said he hoped relations between Malaysia and the US would be further enhanced under his tenure.
There are 5,428 Malaysians studying in over 250 universities in the US and AirAsia would provide them with an affordable means of transport.