Low-cost airline Air Asia is launching flights between Bangkok and Brisbane this summer with a four-times-weekly service set to take off on June 25 operated by its long-haul affiliate, Air Asia X.
The new service comes over a decade since Air Asia X made its debut in Australia in October 2007, flying into Gold Coast. It now also serves Melbourne, Sydney and Perth.
The service will fly out of Bangkok’s older airport, Don Mueang International Airport, as XJ310 on Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 2340 and arrive at Brisbane Airport the following day at 1135. The return XJ311 flight will then leave Brisbane at 1250 on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays, and arrive back in Bangkok the same day at 1910.
Air Asia X will fly its Airbus A330 on the route, which notably offers 12 of the airline’s Premium Flatbed seat product in the forward cabin. These seats offer 59 inches of pitch, are 19 inches wide and, as the name suggests, can recline to form a lie-flat bed. Seats are laid out in a 2-2-2 configuration.
At the time of writing, return Premium Flatbed fares on the route start from A$1,566 (US$1,082).
Speaking at the announcement of the new route, Air Asia X group CEO, Nadda Buranasiri, said: “This new route to Brisbane will not only increase traffic between Thailand and Queensland, but importantly provide guests with a low-cost option to explore Bangkok and the more than 130 destinations found in AirAsia’s network.”
Queensland in particular is targeting the wider Indian and Chinese markets via the budget airline’s Bangkok hub, according to Tourism Industry Development Minister, Kate Jones.
AirAsia X flies to a number of destinations in Asia from Bangkok’s Don Mueang Airport, notably Seoul, Tokyo, Osaka, Sapporo, Nagoya and Shanghai.
The airline will also be taking delivery of new Airbus A330neo aircraft in 2019.