Friday, August 6, 2010

AirAsia X Launches Ninth Destination In India


AWIN First Aug 05 , 2010
Neelam Mathews

Malaysian long-haul budget carrier AirAsia X has started daily Airbus A330-300 flights from Delhi to Kuala Lumpur.

This is AirAsia Group’s ninth destination added in India in the past 10 months. New Delhi becomes AirAsia X’s tenth destination worldwide, and the second in India after Mumbai.

With three A330-300s to be delivered this year, it will be starting operations to Melbourne, Australia; Tehran, Iran; Seoul, Korea, and “another destination” later this year, Azran Osman-Rani, CEO of AirAsia X told AviationWeek.

Subsidiary Thai AirAsia starts flights to Delhi and Kolkata from Bangkok in October, putting an end to the carrier’s further expansion in India as of now. “We will now consolidate and develop these routes ... and try to get frequencies higher,” says Azran.

The carrier says it is not looking at any alliances with budget carriers in India in the “conventional sense of an alliance,” but is in preliminary talks with a few budget carriers to co-market and code share. “Take for instance Kuala Lumpur-Mumbai. We could code share on the Mumbai-Goa route,” says Azran.

Earlier this year AirAsia announced an alliance with Jetstar, the budget carrier of Qantas with an aim to cut costs by working together in operational areas.

AirAsia X offers ‘Premium flatbed seats’ on its long-haul routes at an economy fare. The Group now has 120 flights weekly to various points in India which include Tiruchirappalli, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Kochin, Trivandrum, Bangalore, Mumbai, New Delhi and Chennai from to Kuala Lumpur and Penang.

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