October 17, 2021

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AirAsia X proposes major debt restructuring to avoid liquidation

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Just times after Malaysia Airlines introduced its restructuring system the extended haul minimal price arm of the AirAsia Group, AirAsia X (AAX), has proposed to undertake a group-extensive credit card debt and company restructuring with a revised business model to survive and thrive in the extended-phrase.

In a filing with the Malaysian bourse, the finances provider explained “a significant credit card debt restructuring and a renegotiation of its fiscal obligations are pre-requisites for any elevating of refreshing fairness which will be necessary to restart the airline”.

The provider has proposed that the credit card debt of RM63.fifty billion (US$15.3 billion) to unsecured collectors be reconstituted into an acknowledgement of indebtedness for a principal sum of up to RM200 million.

“Any harmony in extra of the reconstituted sum and all other sums after the slash-off day as at June 30, 2020 arising from these money owed (together with interest, penalty interest) shall be waived,” it explained in the statement.

AAX explained it is experiencing severe liquidity constraints in conference its immediate credit card debt and other fiscal commitments, “based on its existing fiscal place and the business outlook”.

In a independent statement, AAX explained: “Travel and border limits have grounded all scheduled flights and there is no imminent return to normalcy. An imminent default of contractual commitments will precipitate a probable liquidation of the airline.”

To avert liquidation and enable the airline to get to the sky once again AAX rationalised its only choice is to undertake a significant credit card debt restructuring and a renegotiation of its fiscal obligations.

To direct the ‘charge’ to guarantee the airline will be capable to fly once again is chartered accountant and previous expense banker, Datuk Lim Kian Onn, who has been appointed as deputy chairman. He has been a board member of AAX considering that 2012.

The restructuring will also see a revision of the group’s business system that requires route network rationalisation, aircraft fleet proper-sizing, price base overhaul and workforce optimisation to guarantee a leaner and a lot more sustainable business.  

AAX will engage with its business partners, citing their aid as “key accomplishment factors” to the proposed restructuring system. It hopes to enter into contracts and agreements that are “reflective and supportive of the airline’s revised business system on effective completion of the restructuring”.

Below the proposed plan, AirAsia Unrestricted Go holders and guests with legitimate flight bookings will acquire travel credits with extended validity for potential travel or purchase of seat inventory.

“We have a robust restoration system in put and, with the continued aid from our stakeholders, we will triumph over all worries and arrive out stronger,” states AirAsia X’s Benyamin Ismail.

AirAsia X CEO Benyamin Ismail explained AAX, like other airways throughout the world, is having difficulties to survive amidst the pandemic.

“It has been very tough for the airline in the course of this period as we had to floor all scheduled flights, put into action salary cuts and retrenchment for the initial time in the company’s historical past as a consequence of the pandemic. Similar physical exercises are probably to continue in the course of the restructuring process, but our emphasis is to guarantee a effective restructuring to keep as numerous positions as probable.

He explained AAX, with its minimal price base, “is in the proper section of the industry and numerous of our crucial marketplaces are in environmentally friendly zones, which are probably to reopen initial. We have a robust restoration system in put and, with the continued aid from our stakeholders, we will triumph over all worries and arrive out stronger.”

Benyamin offers his assurance the airline will resume operations as quickly as probable as soon as the border limits are lifted.

The company’s immediate emphasis is to attain all required approvals and execute the proposed restructuring system in excess of the following couple months, he extra.

All pictures credit: AirAsia

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