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AirAsia X launches European cargo operation alongside London service

26th February 2009 - 21:19 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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AirAsia X will begin its cargo service to and from Europe with the inception of its maiden flight, on 11 March, between its hub in Kuala Lumpur and London Stansted. The five times weekly direct flights, which will be operated with an Airbus A340-300, are expected to carry around 8,000 kg of cargo per flight.

The carrier has appointed IAM, Network Cargo Services, FlyUs, Global Cargo Management and ACT as its cargo sales agents in Western Europe, while cargo handling at London Stansted will be undertaken by Aviance.

AirAsia X’s route network currently covers the Gold Coast, Perth and Melbourne in Australia, Hangzhou (Shanghai) and the recently launched Tianjin (Beijing) in China. In addition to that, its short-haul affiliate AirAsia connects to over 114 routes in Asia. With this combined network fleet and an extensive network which provides seamless connectivity for business purposes, the airline is continuing to show discipline by targeting growth opportunities especially in the cargo segment.

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