Just a month after introducing full-time employment with minimum salary to AirAsia Food and Xpress riders, AirAsia has just announced full-time employment for all AirAsia Ride eHailing drivers. According to AirAsia, the full-time employment option which is also known as Full-Time drivers is an enhancement and addition to AirAsia Ride’s current and existing Independent Drivers program.
Starting 1st October 2022, qualified drivers in existing programmes as well as new drivers, will be able to opt-in for the Full-Time Drivers Program which will enable them to earn a monthly base income of up to RM3,500 including fuel benefit. AirAsia said drivers will also have the opportunity to earn a total income of up to RM8,000 with additional drivers incentives scheme, on top of other employee benefits including EPF, SOCSO, medical coverage which covers spouses and children, annual leave and other travel benefits including discounted rates for AirAsia flights.
As Full-time AirAsia Ride drivers, they will also be given priority to take airport job assignments which will enable them to earn more from airport pick-ups and drop-offs, as travel demand continues to ramp up.
According to AirAsia, its eHailing service which was established in August 2021 has 53,000 registered drivers and has completed 2 million rides to date. It claims to be the fastest growing eHailing platform in Malaysia which has been championing fair rates to both passenger and drivers, taking into consideration how much passengers can afford while compensating drivers for any extra travel time due to traffic jams.
During the announcement, Capital A CEO Tony Fernandes said “This is the right thing to do. Our people will always come first. Last month, we became first in the region to offer gig delivery riders a full-time job, and today we commemorate AirAsia ride’s first year in operations by announcing another unprecedented move – to offer all qualified AirAsia ride drivers full-time employment as well.
“In an eHailing business, drivers are essentially the most important part of the operation. From day one since we started AirAsia ride, our priority has always been to take care of our drivers and we are very proud to stay ahead of the game by making this announcement today. Our competitors penalise drivers for not taking jobs which they don’t intend to do, but we see it from another perspective and reward drivers who have shown a good track record and strong commitment to the job by offering them a solid career path with AirAsia ride.
“Any Independent Driver can opt to become a Full-time Driver with better income, and eventually grow into corporate roles at AirAsia ride including being a Fleet Manager, Driver Coach, Operations Executive and more. When our drivers become part of the larger Capital A ecosystem by joining us full-time, they get a lot more than just Allstar employee benefits including the ability to have job stability, secured income and better living standards. It’s all about adding value to their lives and career paths – from an e-hailing driver, they can become a cabin crew, a pilot, a data analyst, a digital marketer, part of the corporate office – the skies the limit.
Tony added, “This is part of our strategy to attract and retain drivers while meeting the surging demand for e-hailing, and we are happy to welcome all of our drivers into the Allstar family.”
At the moment, AirAsia Ride is available in 11 locations throughout Malaysia which include Kota Kinabalu which was launched recently. Individuals who are interested to sign up as Full-Time AirAsia Ride driver can apply online.
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