The French government has conferred AirAsia Group Chief Executive Officer Tan Sri Tony Fernandes (pic, left) with the Commander of the Legion d' Honneur award for his outstanding contribution towards France's aviation industry.
The Legion d' Honneur award, established by Napoleon Bonaparte in 1802, recognises outstanding service of individuals to France, and the Commander of the Legion d' Honneur is the highest rank of honour that the French government can award to a non-French citizen.
"It is truly an honour to be conferred the Commander of the Legion d' Honneur and I am humbled with the recognition given by the government of France.
"As the Group Chief Executive Officer of AirAsia, I am proud that we have positively contributed both directly and indirectly towards many peoples' lives," he said in a statement, adding that it was a great motivation for him to continue steering the group to greater heights. – Bernama, November 27, 2013.