AirAsia unveils new ride-hailing service with Toyota Alphard and Vellfire fleet

AirAsia will soon be rolling out a new ride-hailing service, as announced by its CEO Tan Sri Tony Fernandes through the social media platform LinkedIn.

The single attached photo in the LinkedIn post hints that the new AirAsia ride-haling service will be offered with a fleet of Toyota Alphard and Vellfire MPVs, at least for the time being.

Ride-hailing drivers will receive their third cash handout of RM500 from the Government to weather the Covid-19 pandemic. Learn more about the economic aid programme here.

No other details for the new ride-hailing service were shared thus far, but Tony Fernandes promises that the new service will be “AirAsia style”, although we’re not quite sure what that means. Based on their history as an airline, we’d assume it’ll be a low-cost option to Grab and the likes, although the vehicle fleet certainly doesn’t suggest that.

Business class for the roads?

The emblematic CEO does say that it’ll be unlike the existing services provided by Grab and (previously) Uber, with a “different culture, different cabin, and more”.

Learn more about the Toyota Alphard and Vellfire here.

“If you think about it, we’ve always been a delivery company, delivering (by plane) people to destinations the world over, [and] now delivering food, packages, fintech products, and even online education. Now [we’re] hitting the road – we know delivery, we got this,” he added.

Only time will tell what AirAsia’s service will end up being, but more competition will never be a bad thing for us consumers. Either way, we’ll bring you updates on the latest developments on AirAsia’s new ride-hailing service as soon as we get them, so keep your eyes peeled.


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