Friday, March 21, 2008

AirAsia X to fly to London UK by year-end 2008

This come as a very good news for many of us. Finally students and family members can visit each other more frequently between Malaysia and UK. However, No further information whatsoever being released yet, on the price of the flight and which airport it will land in the UK. All I can say is watch the space as more will be announced in the near future... Below are the articles I got from The Star Online written by EUGENE MAHALINGAM..

SEPANG: AirAsia X Sdn Bhd, the long-haul low-cost carrier and sister company of AirAsia Bhd, is targeting flights to London by year-end. 

Chief executive officer Azran Osman-Rani said it hoped to have flights to London in time for Christmas. The time frame was to accommodate delivery of a long-haul aircraft that it hoped to secure within six months. 

“We need to get a plane that is capable of accommodating direct flights. Right now, we do not have the plane but over the next six months, we hope to get at least one, if not two,” he said prior to the unveiling of AirAsia’s AT&T Williams Formula One A320 aircraft yesterday. 

“If we use our existing fleet, we would need to stop in between. That would not bode well when competing against the more aggressive Middle Eastern airlines.”  

AirAsia X, which covers flights that are longer than four hours, began flying passengers last November. Its first destination was Australia’s Gold Coast, which had already registered over 100,000 bookings to date, according to Azran. 

He also said having flights to London would be a significant boost to the group. 

“It is going to be huge. For our flights to the Gold Coast for instance, travellers from Britain were the third highest number of passengers after Malaysians and Australians,” he said. 

“This means that (British) travellers are actually coming to Malaysia to fly to Australia. Today, people travelling to and from Britain and Australia are paying a fortune for tickets and we can offer similar trips at a fraction of the cost,” Azran added. 

Meanwhile, AirAsia is now flying an A320 aircraft bearing the colours of the AT&T Williams Formula One racing car.  

The unveiling of the aircraft yesterday was held to coincide with the 10th edition of the F1 Petronas Malaysian Grand Prix this Sunday. 

The unveiling also marks the group’s extended three-year partnership with the AT&T Williams Formula One team. Drivers Nico Rosberg and Kazuki Nakajima were present at the event. 

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