AirAsia Group CEO Tony Fernandes, on his Twitter account, commented (23-Sep-2013) on the carrier's 4Q2013 results, stating: "Just about done for the 3rd quarter. 4th quarter sales very strong. Will be our best 4th quarter ever for Airasia." He separately Tweeted (23-Sep-2013) "Lcct packed. Sales very good."
AirAsia Group sees 'very strong' 4Q sales, best 4Q 'ever'
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