AirAsia flight QZ8501: Plane's disappearance is my worst nightmare, says Tony Fernandes

Air Asia CEO Tony Fernandes (left) sits beside Indonesia Air Asia CEO Sunu Widyatmoko (right) as they hold a news conference at Surabaya's Juanda International Airport on Dec 28, 2014. Mr Fernandes described the disappearance of QZ8501 from Surabaya
Air Asia CEO Tony Fernandes (left) sits beside Indonesia Air Asia CEO Sunu Widyatmoko (right) as they hold a news conference at Surabaya's Juanda International Airport on Dec 28, 2014. Mr Fernandes described the disappearance of QZ8501 from Surabaya to Singapore on Sunday as "my worse (sic) nightmare." -- PHOTO: REUTERS

PETALING JAYA (The Star/Asia News Network) - AirAsia chief executive Tony Fernandes described the disappearance of QZ8501 from Surabaya to Singapore on Sunday as his worst nightmare.

"I am touched by the massive show of support especially from my fellow airlines. This is my worse (sic) nightmare. But there is no stopping," he said on Twitter @tonyfernandes.

"To all my staff Airasia all stars be strong, continue to be the best. Pray hard. Continue to do your best for all our guests. See u all soon.

"I as your group ceo will be there through these hard times. We will go through this terrible ordeal together.

"Our priority is looking after all the next of kin for my staff and passengers. We will do whatever we can," he added.

The Indonesia AirAsia flight with 162 people on board remains missing after losing contact with ground control early on Sunday morning after takeoff from Surabaya on the way to Singapore.

AirAsia Emergency Call Centre: +622129850801