AirAsia just expanded to South Africa

Story highlights An exciting milestone for AirAsia

The nation is faster than any other country in Asia

And South Africa isn’t the only place AirAsia is creating buzz.

Thanks to the success of its low-cost domestic airline Scoot, the Singapore-based airline is growing its presence in different Asian markets.

One recent example of this is in the continent’s second-largest economy, which saw a monumental one-time improvement this week: South Africa.

The country ranks as an emerging Asian market in AirAsia’s latest avionics. The airline recently received the FAA’s One Component World Flight Standard 7 and 7.5, which is a significant step toward certification of its more customized flying systems.

Currently, AirAsia’s national South African carrier, Oracron, flies a Boeing 737-800 from Johannesburg, giving passengers a chance to explore spectacular safari parks, lakes, rivers and other natural and cultural sites.

“The adoption of the FAA One Component European Rules was completed in February 2016,” the company said in a statement. This move ensured that this state-of-the-art system would be available for use on both Scoot and Oracron.

Although it hasn’t officially been announced, it’s highly likely the airline’s expansion plans in South Africa will include international flights from the country.

One likely destination is Mozambique, where Oracron flies from Maputo to Maputo. In 2016, the airline announced the imminent addition of “a second frequent flier loyalty program that enhances travel benefits for all frequent fliers.”

According to Uber’s “Top Flights in Mozambique” online map, the airline also flies from Maputo to Maputo.

In addition to announcing the latest news, AirAsia’s latest avionics news was an update on the airline’s fourth edition of the “China Photo Challenge.”

This contest challenges travelers to recreate jaw-dropping images taken in China, with photos submitted to AirAsia’s website.

The top 10 finalists are invited to visit their hometown in China — and will receive a one-time voucher for more than $7,000 worth of AirAsia ticket packages, spa treatments, city tours and more, which they can use for travel this year and during the next couple of years.

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