Tony Fernandes, AirAsia CEO

Tony Fernandes, AirAsia CEO

AirAsia chief executive officer Datuk Seri Tony Fernandes has been named the Airline CEO of the Year (2009) by Jane’s Transport Finance magazine in London.

The Britain-based publication, a provider of market intelligence and integrated solutions to the transport, public safety, defence, security and law enforcement sectors in more than 180 countries, gives annual awards to outstanding achievers in the airline, airport, rail, road and shipping sectors.

“The award recognises Fernandes’ vision and AirAsia’s success in the toughest airline market in decades,” the publication said on Friday.

In a statement yesterday, Fernan­des attributed his win to his workforce of 6,500 and the airline’s culture of innovation.

“We have grown AirAsia together, with everybody pitching in with ideas, actively finding new ways to increase efficiency, improving service by effectively combining technology and personal touch while aggressively and smartly marketing our brand,” he added.