MAVCOM to assess fitness, propriety of executives in AirAsia, AirAsia X

KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian Aviation Commission (MAVCOM) will assess whether there is any contravention of the Malaysian Aviation Commission Act 2015 and the commission’s Guidelines on Fit and Proper Person pertaining to the graft allegations involving Airbus SE as well as AirAsia Bhd and AirAsia X Bhd.

In a statement today, MAVCOM said AirAsia and AirAsia X, being holders of air service licences issued by the commission, and their key responsible persons, are subject to Act 771 and the guidelines.

“The allegations touch on the jurisdictions of multiple agencies in Malaysia and therefore, the commission will cooperate and work with all relevant authorities on this matter,” it said.

MAVCOM was referring to the Deferred Prosecution Agreement entered into by Airbus SE and the UK Serious Fraud Office (SFO) on Jan 31, 2020, and various news articles including one titled “AirAsia directors/staff got RM240 mln bribe from Airbus, court docs say”.

On Feb 1, AirAsia had denied corruption and bribery allegations against it, saying it was neither involved in any way whatsoever with the UK SFO investigation of Airbus nor given any opportunity to provide any information or clarification to the SFO. – Bernama