AirAsia has announced that its e-hailing service, the AirAsia Ride is now officially open for business. At launch, the service currently covers Klang Valley and can be obtained through the Ride section of AirAsia’s mobile app.
The company first revealed its intention to compete in the e-hailing space back in March through the remarks made by its CEO, Tony Fernandes during an interview with The Edge. The AirAsia Ride service itself was made possible through the acquisition of an existing local e-hailing company, Dacsee which explains why the Founder and CEO of Dacsee, Lim Chiew Shan is now the CEO of AirAsia Ride Malaysia.
Lim said that the service now has around 1,500 registered drivers, with around 5,000 more expected to join within the next six months as AirAsia Ride expands to other parts of Malaysia. The company also proudly claimed that AirAsia Ride drivers can earn much higher than other e-hailing providers due to the company’s commission fee which is set at 15%.
Lim also pointed out that some of the well-known signature methods that AirAsia utilises for its airline will be carried over to AirAsia Ride very soon such as the ability to pay using BIG Points as well as obtain the lowest fare and free rides. Naturally, he also noted that customers will soon be able to pre-book AirAsia Ride for their ride to the airport and vice-versa.
In terms of ride types that are available under AirAsia Ride, the list includes compact, 6-seater, premium, premium MPV, and taxi. There is also a special option called Allstar Ride whereby customers can request to be picked up by AirAsia pilots or cabin crew.
As for the fares, AirAsia claimed that they are currently being set at an average of RM 1/km, not inclusive of toll charges. To learn more about the service, you can check out AirAsia Ride’s official website right here.