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AirAsia Unveils UPM Livery On Its Aircraft
September 12, 2017 17:00 PM
SEPANG, Sept 12 (Bernama) -- AirAsiahas marked its collaboration with Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) in a unique waywhen for the first time in the world, a university's livery waspainted on a plane.

The livery depicting the words 'Universiti Putra Malaysia',its motto 'With Knowledge We Serve' and icon, a rain tree designed by itsFaculty of Design and Architecture werepainted on AirAsia's Airbus A320-200 aircraftwith the registration number 9MAQD.

The aircraft livery was launched by Higher Education MinisterDatuk Seri Idris Jusoh at the Sepang Aircraft Engineering NewHangar here today.

Speaking to reporters after the launch, AirAsia Group Chief Executive OfficerTan Sri Tony Fernandes saidthe aircraftwouldrotate and change its destination to fly to several Asia destinations to enable as many Asiansaspossible toseeit.

He said the cost of designing and painting thelivery was about USD$50,000 and in future, there wereplans to put picturesof students and programmes offered byUPM on the cabin wall inside the aircraft.

Earlier in her speech,UPM Vice-Chancellor Datin Paduka Aini Ideris saidUPM wasvery pleased to be the firstuniversity to have a special livery on an AirAsia aircraft.

"Through this non-commercial initiative, AirAsia providesa platform for UPM in the field of design, creativity and artfor high-impact projects," she added.

Meanwhile, Idris told reporters that the UPM-AirAsia collaboration emanated from the ministry's CEO@Faculty programme in UPM, which waslaunched two years ago, where chief executive officers were invited togive talks at universitiesand establish networks with lecturers and students.


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