AirAsia to give free flights for life to Asean Paralympic champions, including Singapore's Yip Pin Xiu

A screengrab of AirAsia CEO Tony Fernandes' Facebook post announcing the reward for Asean's Paralympic medallists.
A screengrab of AirAsia CEO Tony Fernandes' Facebook post announcing the reward for Asean's Paralympic medallists. PHOTO: FACEBOOK

Singapore's Paralympic medallists Yip Pin Xiu and Theresa Goh are set to receive free flights from Malaysian low-cost carrier AirAsia, its chief executive officer Tony Fernandes announced on Monday (Sept 12).

In a Facebook post lauding the achievements of South-east Asia's para-athletes at the Rio Games, he wrote: "Thought the Summer Olympics was amazing. But the Paralympics has showed me what determination is all about."

Asean athletes who win a gold medal will get free flights for life, while silver and bronze medallists receive five and three years' worth of free flights, he added.

Yip, 24, won gold in the 100m backstroke S2 last Friday, while Goh, 29, clinched a bronze in the 100m breaststroke SB4 on Sunday.

 

They are the only Singaporean medallists so far at the Sept 7-18 Games, which takes place a month after the Olympics.

AirAsia had extended similar treatment to Asean's Olympic champions last month, with Joseph Schooling - who made history by becoming Singapore's first ever Olympic champion - receiving free flights for life.

As Schooling is unable to accept the gift while still a student-athlete at the University of Texas, AirAsia reportedly said it will offer his parents - Colin and May - free flights on the airline till 2018.

Malaysia and Thailand have so far won three gold medals each at the Paralympics. Singapore and Vietnam have each won a gold.