The Kuala Lumpur-Stansted AirAsia inaugural flight landed 20 minutes earlier than scheduled. And there were lots of excitement too at the departure lounge as some people were handpicked and upgraded to XL class. We were also treated to some Cadbury chocolates.
Later at the Radisson Hotel, the special guest of honour came and mingled very freely and even shook my hand and there were lots of laughter and rejoice as the 11th of March came and everything seemed to go swimmingly well.
The 1800 flight from Stansted to KL too left on time, bringing holiday makers who grabbed the £99 offer one way as soon as they became available online.
That evening, there's more merriment at Millbank Tower and I was there quite late although the event too started late. The view on the 29th floor, overlooking the Thames, with the London Eye and the bridges spanning the river – it was magnificient.
Air Asia brought The Saturdays to kick off the evening. I have not heard of them, and the children sort of tsk, tsk me. Then came Johan, or now better known as JoeFlizzow and his brother Iman as his DJ. Looking at him now doing the rap, I just couldn’t believe that that was the child who sang “Siapa kata gadis Melayu tak menawan” in my kithen in Bayswater some years ago. There and then on the 29th floor of Millbank Tower, surrounded by all very young people, I felt 70.
Iman brought with him a gift from his mother – some beautiful Ekin tudungs. Thank you, Kudu. Another friend sent through another journalist, a new book by friend Lydia Teh, that prolific writer – Do You Wear Suspenders? Thanks, Marina. All brought on that historic flight from KL to Stansted.
But of course, AirAsia also brought Noryn Aziz, a gem of a jazz singer. Simply love her voice.
The party was still in full swing when I left. Old people, like young children have to sleep early.