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Air Asia new 2013 Destinations

Posted on: 26/12/2012

Air Asia new 2013 Destinations and Routes

AirAsia A350 hi-res

AirAsia X, the long-haul arm of Asia’s biggest low-cost carrier, is starting direct flights between Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) and Shanghai Pudong on February 19.

The service will initially be six times a week, increasing to daily from May 1 onwards. The route will be operated by an A330-300 aircraft with 12 premium flatbed seats and 365 economy seats.

The airline’s expanding network is also raising KLIA’s status as a transit hub. Passengers of the new flight will be able to make use of Air Asia’s Fly-Thru service to connect between Shanghai and Australia (Sydney, Perth, Melbourne, Gold Coast), Indonesia (Medan, Surabaya, Bali, Jakarta), Thailand (Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Phuket, Krabi,) Vietnam (Ho Chi Minh City), as well as Singapore.

AirAsia X is planning to further increase frequencies on a number of routes in the Asia-Pacific region from July next year but a representative of AirAsia X explained that they had not yet finalized any other new routes to Chinese cities in 2013.

AirAsia CEO Tony Fernandez stated: “You can’t be a global airline if you don’t come to America,” adding that New York is the logical first USdestination, and California and Hawaii are also attractive. Mr Fernandes said US destinations have been delayed by the multiple agreements necessary to commence services.

Also, AirAsia X cannot operate direct services to the US until it receives delivery of A350 aircraft, and its current fleet would need to stop in Europe on the way, adding additional issues. He said the carrier would expand its fleet from 11 widebody aircraft to 38 by 2020 and was finalising engine purchase for the remaining 27.

Ten of the 27 on order are A350 aircraft. AirAsia X CEO Azran Osman-Rani expects the carrier to secure US destinations either in 2013 or 2014, though approval to stop in the US is “not even halfway there”.

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