Air Asia X records strong growth in Q1

2 May 2013

Air Asia X, the long-haul affiliate of the Air Asia group, has recorded strong growth, carrying 650,000 passengers in the first quarter of 2013 – a growth of 20.9 per cent over the same period last year.

This growth has been supported by continued expansion of Air Asia X, which operates 10 A330s, with the newest received just last month. Each of these aircraft has a configuration of 12 premium flatbeds and 365 economy seats. There are also two A340s in the airline's fleet. New flights were launched from Kuala Lumpur to Jeddah and Shanghai on February 16 and 19 respectively (see story here), bringing the total number of destinations served to 14. A service to Busan is next on the agenda, and is set to be launched on July 15.

"The addition of seven aircraft in 2013 will see Air Asia X expand further in the long-haul segment across Asia Pacific. Our move to KLIA 2 this year will also provide us the right infrastructure and enhanced ground facilities needed to support our growing network," Azran Osman-Rani, chief executive officer of AirAsia X said.  

To read more about low cost carriers and their growth in Asia, take a look at Business Traveller's two-part report here and here.

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Alex Andersson

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