Originally posted on Quartz:
“This is my worst nightmare,” tweeted AirAsia Group CEO Tony Fernandes, as he led his young airline’s response to the disappearance of AirAsia flight QZ8501 Sunday morning.
The plane, an Airbus A320, was on its way from the Indonesian city of Surabaya to Singapore when it lost contact with air-traffic controllers early Sunday morning. There were 162 people on board.
Fernandes quickly rallied his staff.
The low-cost airline, which has headquarters in Malaysia, took to social media with frequent updates about the situation, changing the signature red of its logo to grey on its website and social platforms.
Its charismatic CEO, Fernandes, who bought the carrier in 2001 for less than $1, transforming it from a failing enterprise into a multi-billion…
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