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Malaysia’s AirAsia Group plans Reuters air taxi and drone delivery services

© Reuters.File Photo: AirAsia X Airplane Tail Seen at Aero Asia, Garuda Maintenance Facility in Tangerang

Kuala Lumpur (Reuters)-Malaysia’s AirAsia Group Bhd plans to launch air taxi service and the country’s first drone delivery service as low-cost carriers seek to diversify in the coronavirus pandemic. Said the company’s CEO on Saturday.

As COVID-19 continues to travel by air as part of promoting the diversification of the group, we are also aiming to launch a ride hailing service next month.

Tony Fernandez, CEO, reported on Saturday at the 2021 Youth Economic Forum by state news agency Bernama.

According to Fernandez, the service will be operational in about 18 months.

He also said that the airline’s logistics unit Teleport, which is currently testing urban drone delivery services with the state-owned Malaysia Global Innovation and Creativity Center (MaGIC), will make its first commercial delivery by the end of this year. Announced.

“The idea was brought up three weeks ago and is now a reality,” he wrote on Instagram.

Bernama reported that Fernandez had recovered from the effects of the pandemic and took the opportunity to accelerate digital transformation.

The struggling airline, which reported losses for the fifth straight quarter in November, is seeking to raise RM2.5 billion ($ 613.95 million) from loans and investors.

Last month, it announced that the 33%-owned Japanese army, which shut down in October last year, has begun bankruptcy proceedings.

($ 1 = 4.0720 ringgit)

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Malaysia’s AirAsia Group plans Reuters air taxi and drone delivery services Malaysia’s AirAsia Group plans Reuters air taxi and drone delivery services

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