But with the skies over Southeast Asia heating up, Fernandes has been attentively looking at India for some time, even though the airline has pulled out of Mumbai, Delhi and Hyderabad routes in the last two years.
In late 2011, as renewed stirrings of FDI in Indian aviation began, the Malaysian was seemingly tracking every move.
"I think capital needs to go into the airlines industry and regulation needs to change. There have been some sounds from the (Union) minister of commerce (Anand Sharma) on this," he had said then.
With those sounds having turned into regulatory change, Fernandes has now finally made his big move in India.