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AirAsia X CEO makes ice-cream themed dig at Vanilla Air

Published on Aug 23, 2013 6:25 PM

TOKYO (AFP) - The chief executive of AirAsia X, whose parent company's joint venture with Japan's ANA ended in a spat over business practices, made an ice-cream-themed dig at their former partners on Friday.

Asked what he thought the impact would be of Vanilla Air, the re-branded budget carrier due to be launched by All Nippon Airways later this year, Mr Azran Osman-Rani said: "First of all, strawberry flavour is always better than vanilla."

Executives of AirAsia Japan this week announced the name - despite its connotations of "boring" or "bland" in the West - following the dispute between the airline's parent companies, Malaysia-based AirAsia, known for its bright red livery, and ANA, which now wholly owns the carrier.

The airlines announced in June that the joint venture would be terminated by the end of October, just over a year after the carrier began flying out of Tokyo's Narita airport.

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