AirAsia inks partnership with Federation of Indian Chamber of Commerce in the Philippines (FICCI)

Photo Caption:  (L-R) AirAsia Philippines CEO Captain Dexter Comendador, President Hold On Pain Ends (HOPE) For Children Ms. Nina Mahler, AirAsia Philippines Chairperson Maan Hontiveros and FICCI President Rex Daryanani

Photo Caption: (L-R) AirAsia Philippines CEO Captain Dexter Comendador, President Hold On Pain Ends (HOPE) For Children Ms. Nina Mahler, AirAsia Philippines Chairperson Maan Hontiveros and FICCI President Rex Daryanani

MANILA, 12 February 2019 – AirAsia has signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) with the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce Philippines (FICCI), to assist disadvantaged families and children with travel for life-changing surgery.

The MOA forms part of AirAsia’s commitment to supporting local and disadvantaged communities, and follows a recent case, whereby AirAsia provided travel assistance to Filipino infants Ariella Mendez, Daniella San Jose and their families to receive much-needed medical treatment in India.

AirAsia Philippines CEO Captain Dexter Comendador said, “AirAsia’s collaboration with FICCI is yet another step forward in our commitment to the communities we serve. Our philosophy is that no corporation can live apart from the community, and in times of need, we will always extend a helping hand, especially when it comes to our children. We are honoured to partner with FICCI, an organisation that shares this same passion.”

The signing ceremony, which took place in Manila this morning was led by FICCI President Rex Daryanani, AirAsia Philippines Inc. Chairperson MaanHontiveros and AirAsia Philippines CEO Captain Dexter Comendador.

Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce President Rex Daryanani said, “Our partnership with AirAsia is anchored by a shared commitment to help build healthy Filipino communities, especially children in impoverished areas who require immediate medical help.” 

As part of the agreement, AirAsia will become one of the airline partners of FICCI’s medical assistance program, providing travel assistance for the programs chosen beneficiaries.

Ambassador of India to the Philippines Jaideep Mazumdar said, “I am delighted that the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and AirAsia have come together for such a noble cause - to provide free travel to needy families taking their babies to India for liver transplant surgery. I sincerely hope that this wonderful initiative will be replicated by others to benefit underprivileged Filipinos.”