AirAsia X to Add Flights To U.S., New Zealand and India


AirAsia_story 15 JanAs originally reported by The Wall Street Journal, AirAsia X Bhd., the low-fare affiliate of the AirAsia Group, will resume flights to India and start service to the U.S. this year as the company looks to expand. Benyamin Ismail, chief executive of AirAsia X, stated that low fuel prices and increasing market potential have refueled the option to fly to India. The budget carrier will operate four flights a week between New Delhi and Kuala Lumpur. AirAsia X abandoned flights to New Delhi in 2012.

U.S. Federal Aviation Administration is speculated to approve the airline’s request to operate four flights a week from the Malaysian capital to Honolulu. Last year AirAsia X had planned to start flights to Honolulu in November. Flights to Honolulu will stop over in Osaka to tap into the large number of Japanese tourists who travel to Hawaii.

AirAsia X also announced on its website that it is launching flights to Auckland, New Zealand from Kuala Lumpur via Gold Coast, Australia. The daily flights are scheduled to begin operating on March 22 and are slated to strengthen the airline’s connectivity between Asia, Australia and the North Island of New Zealand.

This brand new destination was officially launched in Kuala Lumpur Monday.

“At AirAsia X, our aim is to continue building an extensive list of exciting destinations to our guests and the introduction of this new route is in line with our turnaround initiatives that we believe will bring positive contribution to the bottom line,” concluded Ismail.

by Maile Bucher On Jan 13, 2016