Malaysia’s Batik Air will launch nonstop flights between its Kuala Lumpur base and Tashkent in Uzbekistan from 8 December.

The Lion Group carrier will deploy one of its Airbus A330-300 widebody aircraft on the new route, including a dedicated business class cabin.

The new service will operate twice a week.

Flight OD751 will depart from Kuala Lumpur (KUL) every Wednesday and Friday at 1930 to arrive in Tashkent (TAS) at 2155. The return flight, OD752, will depart TAS at 2325 and arrive in KLIA at 0945 the following morning.

Tashkent, the capital of Uzbekistan, is a city steeped in history and brimming with vibrant multi-ethnic cultures. From its ancient Silk Road heritage to its modern, bustling streets, Tashkent offers a fascinating blend of tradition and modernity.

Nestled in close proximity to Tashkent, the world-famous city of Samarkand beckons travellers with an irresistible allure, making it an essential stop for those looking to discover more of Central Asia.

“Tashkent is truly a hidden gem, boasting rich history, distinctive cultures, and welcoming visitors with warm spirit of hospitality. In Uzbekistan, the vibrant tapestry of the nation is woven with the threads of diversity, and at its heart lies a resilient Muslim community, constituting three-quarters of its population, whose faith and traditions enrich the cultural fabric,”said the group strategy director of Batik Air and Lion Group, Datuk Chandran Rama Muthy.

One-way fares for the seven and a half-hour flight start at RM2,533 (US$535) in economy class, and RM4,003 (US$846) in business class, Batik Air says.

Batik Air’s A330-300 aircraft feature 18 angled-flat seats in business class across a 2-2-2 configuration; in economy class there are 374 seats in a 3-3-3 layout.