AirAsia X, the low-cost, long-haul affiliate of AirAsia, today officially announced £99 / RM499 flights from London to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, revolutionising air travel between the UK and Asia.
Booking opens today (25 November - 12pm London time, 8pm Malaysia) for the five times weekly direct flights which begin in March 2009 between London Stansted and Kuala Lumpur International Airport's Low Cost Carrier Terminal. At just £99 / RM499 each way, the route will make travel between Asia and Europe more accessible and affordable than ever. Air travel from London to Malaysia typically costs in the region of £500-£600 / RM2,520-RM3,024.
The route launch is being celebrated today with an exclusive event held at London's County Hall featuring a special performance from girl band The Saturdays
The London-KL route is a major step in AirAsia's realising its international aspirations, and strengthens Kuala Lumpur as the regional aviation hub and gateway into the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) region.
AirAsia Group CEO Tony Fernandes said, "AirAsia X's London-Kuala Lumpur route is the realisation of a long-held ambition to open up affordable access between Malaysia and Europe for both ASEAN and European communities. We have an incredible route network and at £99, the opportunity for Londoners and Europeans to explore the ASEAN region has never been greater."
"Being a truly ASEAN airline, we are committed to promoting tourism and travel throughout and beyond that region. This new route will benefit everyone, enabling magnificent holidays in beautiful locations, encouraging economic and tourism activity, bringing in revenue and creating job opportunities."
"AirAsia X and AirAsia boast a brand new modern fleet of Airbus aircraft fitted with leather seats and spacious cabins, diverse selections of hot meals and high quality service plus fun and friendly cabin crew. On top of that, our On Time Guarantee and the recent ‘No Fuel Surcharge' initiative will further improve the AirAsia experience. As time passes, there will be more promotions and the fare could well fall further - we always look to make the fare as low as possible", he added.
The new route will be serviced by an Airbus A340 aircraft with a 286 passenger capacity including 30 premium XL seats.
To date, AirAsia X flies to the Gold Coast, Perth and Melbourne in Australia, Hangzhou in China and now London, bringing the well known brand on to a global stage. AirAsia X covers destinations which are more than four hours in flight duration from Kuala Lumpur, complementing the existing AirAsia network of over 100 destinations throughout ASEAN, China and India. Via AirAsia's major hubs in Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia, passengers can enjoy unparalleled access to destinations throughout Asia, including Phuket, Borneo, Bali, Angkor Wat, and Ho Chi Minh City.
AirAsia X Chief Executive Officer, Azran Osman-Rani said, "The London route is a significant achievement for us, allowing those who have always wanted to travel between Europe and ASEAN to achieve their dream, at an affordable price. We are looking to expand from five flights per week to a daily service in the near future."
"We have always been enthusiastic to venture into Europe since we launched. The establishment of this route is a significant achievement for us and is a reflection of our commitment to expanding international operations. Like Kuala Lumpur's Low Cost Carrier Terminal (LCCT) - the gateway of ASEAN - London's Stansted has true potential to be the gateway of Europe. Our renowned low-fare offerings will stimulate more demand from the European community to discover ASEAN and vice versa", Azran concludes.
In just over a year AirAsia X has flown more than 400,000 passengers. Supported by the wide route network of AirAsia, it has brought new definition to low cost long-haul travel.
Commercial and Development Director BAA Stansted, Nick Barton, said, "Today's announcement is not only exciting news for Stansted but a significant milestone for low-cost, long haul air travel around the world. AirAsia X recognises the growth potential at Stansted and we're delighted to have been selected as the UK Gateway from which they will launch this first low-cost, non-stop flight, between London and Kuala Lumpur that offers exciting onward connections across Asia and to Australia.
"This is set to be a hugely popular link for business and leisure travellers seeking affordable long-haul travel options, and we're looking forward to supporting AirAsia X as they develop their services from Stansted."
AirAsia X, whose shareholders include the Virgin group, has won a string of industry awards including New Airline of The Year 2008 by the Centre for Pacific Aviation (CAPA), Best Budget Airline in Asia in the recent SmartTravelAsia.com ‘2008 Best in Travel Poll', and Best Newcomer at the 2008 Budgie World Low Cost Airline Awards.
Booking is open on AirAsia's website from 25th November for the five direct flights per week beginning in March 2009 between London's Stansted Airport and Kuala Lumpur's LCCT. Booking begins 25 November 2008 (at 12pm London time, 8pm Malaysia) for the travel period of 11 March 2009 - 24 October 2009. Fares start from as low as £99 / RM499 for economy seats and £549 / RM1,999 for XL seats respectively.
For more information, log on to www.airasia.com. For added convenience, guests may also book via mobile devices by logging in to mobile.airasia.com.