Tony Fernandes, Catreham F1 and AirAisa captured in
a single image.
Reacting to the Airbus-Airasia bribery admission Tony Fernandes said:
We built an amazing brand and F1 was a big part of it.
Reuters quoting a statement issued by Fernandes and Kamaduddin Mehranun reported:
“Caterham F1, the company alleged to have been sponsored improperly by Airbus, was at the relevant time a Formula 1 racing team that had gone round the globe promoting amongst others AirAsia, AirAsia X, GE and Airbus,” Fernandes and Kamarudin said in the statement.
The above statements may have brought AirAsia and AirAsiaX within UK Bribery Act jurisdiction, which premises jurisdiction based on business activity , not merely incorporation and business presence.
That the statements have been made by the senior executive directors of the companies involved makes the connection that much stronger. For a simple to read explanation of how the UK Bribery Act 2001 works, see article below.