AirAsia X opens Abu Dhabi route

Malaysian-based budget carrier AirAsia X is to start a five-times weekly Kuala Lumpur-Abu Dhabi route from November 23.

The low-cost airline is the long-haul arm of AirAsia and this will be its first entry into the Middle East market. It currently flies to seven other destinations, including London and Australia.

An Airbus A340-300 configured with 256 seats in economy and 30 premium seats will operate the routes on Mondays, Tuesday, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

Azran Osman Rani, CEO of AirAsia X, said: “This is part of our overall strategy in expanding into the Middle East. We see an untapped market which has strong economic potential for the route.”

Kenny Coyle

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  • Before you consider “premium” class on Air Asia X, I recommend you refer to my recent comments on this product. Take premium economy on another airline. You have been warned!

  • AirAsiaX… be careful.

    Most recently, my wife and I were stranded in Abu Dhabi when AirAsiaX announced they were canceling service to/from Abu Dhabi in January this year. They didn’t notify us (their stranded passengers) until Feb 10th. Neither did they offer any accommodation nor answer our emails asking for help. We had to get back to Malaysia on our own. They won’t reimburse our additional expenses either.

    They said they would refund the Abu Dhabi/Kuala Lumpur portion of our trip, but it will take them 30-50 days to process the refund. Such an attitude!

    Watch out for these guys. If you are considering using AirAsiaX, It might be a good idea to develop a plan B… just in case.

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