MELBOURNE: AirAsia is running an Australian first competition — giving away a flight from Sydney to Malaysia for one winner and 302 of his or her closest friends.

The Malaysian budget carrier is running the competition via Facebook, giving the winner the chance to fill an Airbus A330 from Sydney to Kuala Lumpur with friends from the social networking site.

The prize, which is valued at nearly A$270,000, also includes three nights accommodation at Accor Hotels. The winner would also have to choose which 11 friends to join them in the Premium Flat Beds. AirAsia began flying from Sydney to KL last week.

The winner of the prize will be drawn on June 12 and must be available to take the flight between Nov 2 to 5.
“We believe this competition to win a flight sets us apart from what the competition has ever done in Australia,” AirAsia X chief executive officer Azran Osman-Rani was quoted as saying by Herald Sun newspaper.

“This is our way of saying “Cheers Australia, the party is on us.” Entry to the competition was via the ‘Friendsy’ application on Facebook, which featured the Pick A Seat diagram from the AirAsia website.

This let entrants fill the plane’s seats with their Facebook friends either manually or via an auto fill button.

To enter go to — Bernama