Leaving behind a strong legacy of achievement, AirAsia X Chairman Tunku Dato’ Mahmood Fawzy Bin Tunku Muhiyiddin has ended his service effective from December 15.

Tunku Dato’ Mahmood Fawzy Bin Tunku Muhiyiddin concluded his role as Chairman of AirAsia X (AAX) on December 15, 2023.

His departure marks the end of an era, leaving behind a profound legacy of accomplishments and reshaping the narrative for the low-cost mid-range airline.

A Visionary Appointment


Tunku Dato’ Mahmood Fawzy took the helm with a clear mandate – to address AAX’s Practice Note 17 (PN17) classification.

The challenges were daunting, with 12 consecutive quarters of losses casting a shadow over the airline’s financial health. However, his visionary leadership began to chart a new course for AAX.

Under Tunku Dato’ Mahmood Fawzy’s guidance, AAX experienced a remarkable financial turnaround.

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After a series of losses, the airline celebrated five consecutive quarters of net profit, a testament to strategic decision-making and fiscal responsibility.

This journey culminated in the uplifting news of the PN17 classification removal by Bursa Malaysia on November 21, 2023.

Three AirAsia aircraft parked on the tarmac at Perth Airport.
Darren Koch (GFDL 1.2 or GFDL 1.2), via Wikimedia Commons

AirAsia X Operational Achievements


Beyond financial gains, AAX demonstrated significant operational improvements across key metrics in the third quarter of the year.

From enhanced on-time performance to streamlined processes, the airline showcased its commitment to operational excellence under Tunku Dato’ Mahmood Fawzy’s stewardship.

Expressing gratitude for his invaluable contributions, AAX Non-Independent Executive Director and Founder, Datuk Kamarudin Meranun, highlighted Tunku Dato’ Mahmood Fawzy’s role in reshaping AAX into a world-leading low-cost mid-range airline.

The airline now stands poised to continue its trajectory as an industry trailblazer.

Transition in Leadership


With Tunku Dato’ Mahmood Fawzy’s departure, the baton passes to Dato’ Fam Lee Ee, the current Deputy Chairman, who will act as the Acting Chairman until the formal appointment of a new Chairman of the Board.

AAX Independent Non-executive Director Farouk Kamal will also leave his position in the company to pursue new opportunities within Capital A, to be announced in due course.

AAX’s Continuing Journey

Despite the departure of Tunku Dato’ Mahmood Fawzy and Independent Non-executive Director Farouk Kamal, who is set to explore opportunities within Capital A, AAX remains committed to its upward trajectory.

The Board of Directors acknowledges the transformative leadership that propelled the company forward.

Conclusion: A Legacy of Transformation


In conclusion, Tunku Dato’ Mahmood Fawzy’s tenure as Chairman of AAX marks a transformative period for the airline. This transition signifies a new chapter for AirAsia X.

His strategic vision and dedication paved the way for financial stability and operational excellence. As AAX continues its journey, it builds upon the strong foundation laid under his stewardship.

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