AirAsia CEO, who allegedly schmoozed Airbus, exits with orders in focus
- Tony Fernandes has stepped aside from the company for two months amid Airbus bribery probe
- Airbus admitted to illegally trying to sway plane sales and agreed to a record $4 billion bribery settlement
Airbus SE and AirAsia Bhd., the discount airline built by Tony Fernandes, were inseparable for years, with the boisterous aviation executive gorging on ever-larger aircraft orders to become the manufacturer’s biggest customer for single-aisle jets.
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