(Feb 14): An AirAsia executive chided a senior Airbus employee for not paying US$16 million he said was owed to him and demanded US$30 million in sponsorship before placing more aircraft orders, according to internal emails released by the UK Serious Fraud Office (SFO) on Jan 31.

“I’m fed up. You owe me (US$)4 million already and I’m owed (US$)16 million in total. This should have been paid ages ago when I bought the first 60 aircraft. I want my money and I want compensation ... pay up. I want my whole (US$)16 million now,” AirAsia Executive 1 said in a July 15, 2010, email to Airbus Employee 1 (senior).

Other email exchanges released by the SFO involved conversations among Airbus employees in which they discussed how to pay US$50 million as sponsorship for a sports team jointly owned by two AirAsia executives, but that was legally unrelated to AirAsia Group Bhd (AAB) and its long-haul sister airline AirAsia X Bhd (AAX).

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