The Melbourne Federal Court confirm what we have been saying all along.
Not only Air Asia cheated the Malaysian taxpayers by robbing the routes of the national airlines, they cheated their customers with false advertising, sub-standard service, inconsiderate inconveniences, miserly cost cutting, refusal to adhere to schedule, etc.
It's okay for some customers because they like to feel they are getting a bargain when in fact, they are also cheated by the surcharges and end up being more expensive.
Read the Bernama report which may not find it's way into The Star because Tan Sri Tony Fernandez is a member of it's Board of Directors, below:
AirAsia fined A$200,000 for contravening pricing provision
18 December 2012
MELBOURNE (Dec 18, 2012): AirAsia Bhd has been slapped with a hefty fine for not including taxes and other charges on its website.
The budget airline was fined A$200,000 in the Melbourne Federal Court today for contravening the single pricing provision of the Australian Consumer Law, said the Australian Associated Press (AAP).
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) said the case followed a 10-month period during which the www.airasia.com website did not display some airfare prices inclusive of all taxes, duties, fees and other mandatory charges “in a prominent way and as a single figure”.
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Read more on Bigdogdotcom here.
The fine related to flights between Melbourne and Macau, London, Ho Chi Minh City, New Delhi, Hangzhou and Chengdu as well as from Perth to Taipei, Phuket, Osaka, London, Ho Chi Minh City and Hangzhou and from the Gold Coast to Ho Chi Minh City.
Justice Tracey said unless the full price is prominently displayed the consumer may well be attracted to a transaction which he or she would not otherwise have found to be appealing and grudgingly pay the additional imposts rather than go to the trouble of withdrawing from the transaction and looking elsewhere.
He said the company would also obtain an advantage over competitors who are compliant. He accepted a court undertaking from AirAsia restraining it from engaging in similar conduct for three years.
“This ACCC action vindicates the importance of all inclusive pricing.
“Consumers must have accurate price information, and in turn, airlines require a level playing field on price representations in this competitive industry where consumers are price sensitive,” ACCC chairman Rod Sims told AAP. – Bernama
UPDATED: 11:25 AM
In case, you miss this piece of news that came out last month on Novermber 23rd, 2012 in The Sun and now no more available on their website, we reproduce it below:
AirAsia granted 6 months to operate flights
23 November 2012
PETALING JAYA (Nov 23, 2012): AirAsia Bhd has been granted with an air operator's certificate (AOC) by the Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) to fly for another five months -- instead of a two-year period -- for not meeting regulatory standards, said sources.
The current AOC is valid until April 2013.
Sources told SunBiz that AirAsia had only obtained a six-month AOC -- an approval granted from the DCA to an aircraft operator to allow it to use aircraft for commercial purposes -- after periodical audit findings by DCA showed shortcomings in AirAsia's flight operations procedures and practices including flawed communications between flight operations and pilots, an outdated manual and flight operations not in keeping with the manual.
The six-month period allows for AirAsia to work with the DCA to bring its flight operations procedures and practices up to mark.
It is also understood that AirAsia's head for flight operations has been changed due to the action.
Three key posts in an airline are nominated with the approval of the DCA, namely the head for flight operations, engineering maintenance system and crew training.
"The fact that they have not grounded AirAsia aircraft shows that it's not a serious safety issue, but this action still serves as a warning," one source told SunBiz.
Scheduled commercial airlines based in Malaysia are awarded two-year renewals of AOC by DCA.
In other countries, AirAsia's license should be revoked
In other markets, depending on the track record of the airline, AOCs can be valid for up to five years before a renewal is due.
While the audit is a biennial affair, the DCA conducts inspections on airlines at least once a year.
According to another source, a two-year renewal is given if airlines meet standards set by the regulator. Otherwise they are given a period of time, depending on the issue, to comply before a renewal of AOC is given, or it is revoked entirely.
In the event of a withdrawal of an AOC, the airline can work to meet standards set and re-apply for an AOC which will have to be approved by the Cabinet.
AirAsia and DCA officials did not respond to questions sent via e-mail, as at press time.
An industry observer said it is unlikely that AirAsia will let the situation progress to an outright withdrawal of AirAsia's AOC, ultimately grounding its flights.
"They (AirAsia) will definitely address whatever issues DCA have and make sure they bring in the right people and fire the wrong people, because too much is at stake."
He added that while the action taken by DCA is unlikely to have any financial impact on AirAsia as a company, it may impact its reputation as an airline and its ability to secure the best deals for financing in the future.
|Do you trust an airline whose stewardess covort with smelly orang putih?|
Do you feel safe?
Maybe some still feel so because conveniently, Tony F had The Malaysian Insider and AFP helped Tony F with their version of the news by citing some ill-intention by DCA. [Read TMI here.]
It is nothing they claimed. Perhaps in Air Asia's business model, safety is not of real concern and aviation industry is too overzealous with rules on big vehicles floating on air without any pillars underneath.
But yet the public entertained opposition's Nurul Izzah and Rafizi nonsense in making an issue using trumped fact and stories on DCA's radar system.
|Image of AirAsia inextricably linked to loser QPR|
Hehehe ... now didn't we tell you all this while. Admit it!
But noooo ... these supporters of Air Asia will continue to defend them as a good airline, well managed and efficient despite it is now legally confirmed as a cheat.
They will still like to believe every lies and publicity stunts that Tony F shove down their throat. To argue their case, they will highlight all the shortfalls of MAS. Off course, they will believed every lies expressed by every conniving parties that ripped it off but blame it on others.
It is okay. No need to spew your anger with those repetitious arguments in our comment box because suckers are born everyday.
If you suckers continue to be apologetic, then Air Asia and every other service organisations will continue to suck you dry with their sub-standard services.
Rather than argue, utilise those grams of matter in-between your ears so that you are not cheated. At least, have the guts to speak up and show your collective power as consumers to stand up against their crap.
Even low caste carrier have a minimum standard of ethic and service that should be adhered to not cheat it's customers and put their life at risk. However, it can't be this low though ...