AirAsia X will fly to London, Dubai and Istanbul, flight tickets to Japan and Hawaii now available for booking

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AirAsia X, the medium to long haul carrier of Capital A, has announced a comeback by revealing plans to fly to London, Dubai and Istanbul this year. They have also expanded its current routes to include 3 destinations in Japan and Hawaii, which are now available for online booking.

In conjunction with today’s announcement, AirAsia X is offering all-in-fares for standard economy seats from as low as RM499 from Kuala Lumpur to Seoul (Incheon), New Delhi, Tokyo (Haneda), Sapporo (Chitose), Osaka (Kansai), Honolulu (via Osaka) and Sydney. Meanwhile, its Premium Flatbeds are offered from RM1,499. These promo fares are available from today until 26th June 2022 for the travel period of 1st July 2022 to 26th March 2023.

According to AirAsia X, the all-in fares include airport tax, fuel surcharge and other applicable fees. It is also mentioned that flights to Japan and Hawaii are on sale subject to regulatory approvals. If you’ve received travel vouchers from AirAsia X, you can utilise them as well but take note of the T&C.

Capital A Executive Chairman and Founder of AirAsia X Datuk Kamarudin Meranun said “This is an incredibly exciting day as AAX returns to the skies refreshed and rejuvenated. The resumption of four popular medium haul routes and announcement of three new long haul services today is a significant milestone following the most challenging time in aviation history.”

“We are thrilled to return to London and to launch flights for the first time to Dubai and Istanbul. Istanbul is my favourite destination and I can’t wait to share the many highlights with everyone. We are sure all of these destinations will prove popular and look forward to seeing everyone back on board AAX again soon,” he added.

Commenting on the announcement, AirAsia X CEO Benyamin Ismail said “We are back, better and stronger than ever. We have spent the downtime in flying reviewing every aspect of the operation to deliver even greater value and choice for medium and long haul travel.

“Now that international borders are reopening across the world, we are able to resume operations to our most popular destinations including Australia, Japan, Hawaii, India, South Korea first. Today’s announcement of the resumption of four routes to Japan and Hawaii and to launch flights to London, Istanbul and Dubai is just the beginning. We have many more destinations in the pipeline which we will announce soon, to meet strong pent up demand.  

“The return to London and first time flights direct to Dubai and Istanbul will be a gamechanger for great value long haul travel and these will be on sale soon for travel later this year. As our services grow, we will continue to bring our fleet of aircraft out of hibernation and, we can look forward to gradually bringing our valued pilots and cabin crew who were on furlough back. 

AirAsia X is gradually resuming its routes with lower frequency by operating twice-weekly flights to Seoul, Tokyo, Osaka, Honolulu and Sydney. It operates three weekly flights to New Delhi and four weekly flights to Sapporo.

The airline has not provided exact dates for the commencement of its London, Istanbul and Dubai flights. Since AirAsia X currently operates an all A330 fleet, the Kuala Lumpur to London route will require a stop in Dubai.

AirAsia X had previously flown directly to London and Paris over a decade ago using an Airbus A340. However, the long-haul service was discontinued in 2012 due to rising fuel costs. After that, the airline focused more on medium-haul routes, especially to China, Japan, Korea, India and Australia.

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