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Thai Air Asia, Why No Alcohol Served?  
User currently offlineMAN2SIN2BKK From Germany, joined Feb 2009, 247 posts, RR: 0
Posted (5 years 10 months 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 10538 times:

Recently I flew Thai Air Asia to Macau. It wasn't until I was airborne that I realised the error of my decision. They didn't sell ANY alcohol.

I am a person that enjoys a glass or 4 of red wine followed by a brandy or 2 during a 3 hour flight; it does help with the old nerves etc and helps the flight go quicker, so it was a bit of a shocker to the system and ensured my next flight to China was back with TG!

OK, does anyone know why Thai Air Asia adopted this zero alcohol policy?

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User currently offlineBrenintw From Taiwan, joined Jul 2006, 1723 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (5 years 10 months 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 10481 times:

Probably to appeal to the largely Muslim population of Southern Thailand ... and the very sizeable Muslim population of the rest of Asia.

Does the parent company (Air Asia) serve alcohol?

Airline also doesn't serve pork products on board, as per this link in order to comply with Shariah laws.



I'm tired of the A vs. B sniping. Neither make planes that shed wings randomly!
User currently offlineGFFgold From Indonesia, joined Feb 2007, 443 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (5 years 10 months 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 10431 times:

If you read the small print, their excuse for not allowing pax to consume their own food or drink on board is because in a culturally diverse part of the world one person's refreshment might offend someone else. None of the Air Asia companies serve alcohol.

My own view is that this is simply an excuse to force you to buy their food and drink.


User currently offlineMAN2SIN2BKK From Germany, joined Feb 2009, 247 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (5 years 10 months 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 9960 times:

Thanks for the responses; but why should a Thai company (because under Thai law companies registered in Thailand must have 52% of ownership held by Thai nationals) be subjected to Shariah laws.

The Muslim population is only a small minority and concentrated in a small area in the South; the vast majority of Thailand is Buddhist.

As an afterthought; if Thai AirAsia is operating under Shariah laws shouldn't their stewardesses be wearing head scarves?


User currently offlineGFFgold From Indonesia, joined Feb 2007, 443 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (5 years 10 months 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 9928 times:

They are most certainly not operating under Syariah laws. As I said, they are using religious/cultural food taboos as an excuse to make money selling their own limted range of food and bev.

It is particulary ironic on their Macau bound flights, though. I don't imagine many pax on those segments are off for a weekend of quiet Quran reading and fasting!


User currently offlineBrenintw From Taiwan, joined Jul 2006, 1723 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (5 years 10 months 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 9923 times:



Quoting MAN2SIN2BKK (Reply 3):
Thanks for the responses; but why should a Thai company (because under Thai law companies registered in Thailand must have 52% of ownership held by Thai nationals) be subjected to Shariah laws.

Most likely the airline operates under Shariah law because the trademark owner (Air Asia) requires it as a condition of the trademark licence.

Additionally, the Thai partners may well be Muslim themselves.



I'm tired of the A vs. B sniping. Neither make planes that shed wings randomly!
User currently offlineAllrite From Australia, joined Aug 2007, 2238 posts, RR: 5
Reply 6, posted (5 years 10 months 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 9782 times:



Quoting GFFgold (Reply 2):
If you read the small print, their excuse for not allowing pax to consume their own food or drink on board is because in a culturally diverse part of the world one person's refreshment might offend someone else.

Must not apply to Malaysian AirAsia as they allowed somebody to eat smelly durian sweets on one of my flights with them!  Smile



Applying insanity to normality
User currently offlineReality From United States of America, joined Apr 2007, 515 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (5 years 10 months 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 9710 times:

From the AirAsia website. Seems to apply to all branches of AirAsia--Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, and AirAsia X.

Q: Is AirAsia Syariah compliant?
Yes, we are accredited by the KL Syariah Index . Our business is principally transporting people to destinations; we do not serve alcohol, pork or distribute any pornographic related materials. Using the Dow Jones Islamic Index (DJIX) as a benchmark, we conform to all the financial screen and basic principles in order to be accredited as a Syariah compliant business.

source: http://www.airasia.com/site/en/pageW...efe4435-c0a8c85d-177e6b40-8371b4bc


User currently offlineReality From United States of America, joined Apr 2007, 515 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (5 years 10 months 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 9697 times:

Actually, beer and wine are on the AirAsia X menu:

http://www.airasia.com/storage/bo/aa...0eba00-e61e9720/name/aax_snack.pdf


User currently offlineGFFgold From Indonesia, joined Feb 2007, 443 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (5 years 10 months 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 9674 times:



Quoting Reality (Reply 8):
Actually, beer and wine are on the AirAsia X menu

Hee hee! Well spotted.


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