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Is AirAsia's Fernandes overdosing on optimism?

Implementing ambitious tech platform plans will take more than the boss's legendary drive

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Tony Fernandes make no secret of plans to remake AirAsia into a digital era disrupter. (Photo by Tsuyoshi Tamehiro)

For an airline mogul staring down the barrel of a hostile global economy, Tony Fernandes seems strangely optimistic, not just for AirAsia Group, but for his native Malaysia, too.

"It's an exciting and deeply promising moment all around," Fernandes told the Nikkei Asian Review in the airline's frenetic headquarters at Kuala Lumpur International Airport.

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