I don't think AirAsia's in financial trouble. They run free seat promotions every now and then. What people often overlook is that the airline earns a significant portion of its revenue through fees, buy-on-board, and other ancillary businesses. The weight restriction is relatively low, as is the case with other low-cost carriers, and as a result, if you're not careful packing, you can end up paying such a hefty surcharge that you offset whatever money you might have saved. Tony Fernandes, the CEO, is a shrewd businessman, and I've read interviews in which he has said that AirAsia's actually doing well in this economic climate.