KUALA LUMPUR — Dec. 2, 2019: World-leading low-cost carrier, AirAsia, today launched its Santan restaurant and T&CO cafe, offering popular fast-food dishes from its in-flight menu.
The restaurant fits into the high demand from the airline’s menu and is believed to be the first fast-food type to focus on popular dishes from the Asean region.
Group CEO Tan Sri Tony Fernandes believes that this uniqueness can draw people from all over the world.
The restaurant at the Mid-Valley Megamall was jointly launched Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Saifuddin Nasution Ismail and Fernandes.
It offers dishes such as Nasi Lemak Pak Nasser and Uncle Chin Chicken Rice, as well as Cambodian fish noodles with pineapple and Inasal chicken and Onions Rice from the Philippines.
The restaurant is also equipped with smart menus that include artificial intelligence and machine learning to propose popular dishes based on time, past order patterns and demographics.
Fernandes said the business may create its own application for customers to order food but is open to collaborating with those offering such services.
Catherine Goh, general manager of Santan restaurant and T&CO Cafe, said it plans to open five more restaurants by the end of next year.
One hundred 100 franchise-operated outlets are expected to open within the next three to five years.