Fernandes collects degree

SEPANG, 4 July 2018 – AirAsia Group chief executive Officer Tony Fernandes was conferred an Honorary Degree of Science, Honoris Causa, by Cranfield University in the UK at its graduation celebration held last week.

Fernandes, who already holds the Malaysian civic title ‘Tan Sri’ for his contribution to aviation, was among the three business leaders, worldwide, who were honoured by Cranfield University.

The others were Paul Stein, chief technology officer at Rolls-Royce and Martin Bromiley, founder and chair of the Clinical Human Factors Group charity.

Receiving his honorary degree, Fernandes said: “It’s a great privilege to be awarded this honorary degree by Cranfield, an institution so deeply intertwined with British aviation history.”

Cranfield University, honoured the three business readers for their “achievements in aviation, aerospace and human factors, respectively.”

This is the fifth honorary degree that Fernandes has received over the course of his career.

Fernandes, the co-founder of AirAsia, considered one of the best low-cost airline in the world, bought the almost bankrupt airline 16 years ago for a single Malaysian ringgit. It had just two planes at the time and mounting debt.  To date, AirAsia has flown over 500 million guests to over 130 destinations with a fleet of more than 200 planes.

Cranfield is a postgraduate university and a global leader for education and transformational research in technology and management.