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Debt-ridden AirAsia's super app ambitions fly into murky skies

Shaky finances shackle investment in food delivery and ride-hailing service

AirAsia is stepping up investment in digital operations to diversify from its core budget airline business. (Photo by Yumi Kotani) 

SINGAPORE/BANGKOK -- Gojek motorbike drivers clad in AirAsia's corporate color of red have been delivering takeout meals to app users in Bangkok since mid-August.

The Malaysian budget carrier acquired Indonesian ride-hailing and payment company Gojek's Thai operations in July, part of its effort to expand super app operations.

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