Long-haul low-cost carrier AirAsia X has announced a new route to Jeddah in Saudi Arabia from its Kuala Lumpur hub. The service will start on February 16 to offer three flights weekly, with frequency set to increase to four times a week from May 1 onwards. This route will increase the number of destinations in AirAsia X's network to 14.
Being a predominantly Muslim country, Malaysia has always been among the most popular destinations for Middle Eastern travellers. Jeddah, being the gateway to holy cities of Madinah and Makkah, also attracts the Muslim population from around the world. The airline also hopes that the new flights will attract transit business. The airline offers Fly-thru service that enables passengers to purchase two AirAsia X flight sectors with one booking number, have their bags checked through to the final destination and connect through the transit hall without having to clear immigration in Kuala Lumpur.
“We believe that AirAsia’s wide network and favourable fare structures make cultural, heritage, recreational and shopping destinations across Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand, Australia and other countries in the Asia Pacific Region more accessible to guests and thus will create new travel demand from Saudi Arabia,” Azran Osman-Rani, chief executive of AirAsia X said.
The new service will be operated with an Airbus A330-300 featuring 365 economy seats and 12 premium flatbed seats, which measure 20 inches (51 cm) wide, 60 inches (152 cm) in seat pitch and stretch out to 77 inches (196 cm) when fully reclined. The premium seats are also equipped with universal power sockets, adjustable headrests and privacy screen. Premium passengers enjoy priority in check-in, boarding and baggage check, as well as 25kg baggage allowance, complimentary meal and pillow and duvet.