NFL to Asia??
One of the big challenges about traveling are the things you miss from home. My New York Jets (American football) were in the playoffs, but I was in Malaysia! I was excited to learn that my NY Jets playoff run took them all the way to the AFC Championship game. Unfortunately, I was set to arrive in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, one day before the game. It’s a region of the world without any NFL fans. None!
KL is a major city, so my plan was to investigate if there’s any tiny sports bar that might have it (spoiler alert – there’s not). So I was thinking it would be a challenge, but imagine my reaction as we landed right next to this:
That’s right – This is an Air Asia plane, with a custom Oakland Raiders wrap/paint job. At first I thought it was just Raider colors, but a closer look revealed that the side of the plane featured the name, the logo, and even images of the Raiderettes!
Why would a discount Asia carrier have a jet that’s decked out in Raiders colors? My first fleeting thought was hopeful, incorrectly thinking perhaps there’s a small NFL fanbase here that they’re catering to. There’s not. They don’t even fly to the United States.
As it turns out, Air Asia’s trying to break into the U.S. market, starting with Oakland. This WSJ article explains the situation best.
This could be GREAT news for the U.S.! I’m a big fan of Air Asia. Good experience at a cheap price. Yes! The airlines in the U.S. are lackluster, so perhaps this could push them to step it up a notch. Air Asia, we’re rooting for you!