AirAsia X, the Malaysian-based long-haul, low-cost airline,
is offering one-way fares between Melbourne and Kuala Lumpur from A$199,
including airport taxes, surcharges and fees.
AirAsia X will fly direct to Melbourne Airport from November 12, 2008 with four return flights per week between Melbourne and Kuala Lumpur.
The airline is already planning to increase to daily return flights during the peak season from December to mid January 2009. Daily return flights
will then commence from March 2009.
The route will be serviced by the airline’s first new wide-bodied Airbus A330 aircraft giving passengers a level of service not normally expected
from low cost airlines which includes a wide choice of hot meals on board, fixed-backshell seats with trademark sleek black leather upholstery,
in-flight entertainment featuring innovative content and applications, power points in all seats and even WIFI access in-flight entertainment
Melbourne will be AirAsia X’s fourth destination in its long-haul network following the launch of services to the Gold Coast, Hangzhou
(Shanghai) and Perth.
Azran Osman-Rani, Chief Executive Officer, AirAsia X, said the daily peak season service during Christmas would offer Malaysian and Australian
travellers attractive, low fares at a time when other airlines typically gouge passengers with super high airfares because demand outstrips
“This is what AirAsia X is about – providing affordable international travel for everyone. Our regular daily services between Melbourne and Kuala
Lumpur during the peak period at Christmas will open up the skies at a time when many people have holidays and are seeking cost effective and
exciting vacations in new locations,” he said.
“The fact that Melbourne Airport is curfew free gives AirAsia X the flexibility to operate a full outbound and inbound service as required.
Melbourne Airport also has the lowest charges in Australia and a five-year pricing agreement with CPI adjustments only,
increases in real terms for five years.
“We estimate that more than 60% of AirAsia X passengers to Melbourne will be first time visitors, based on our Gold Coast experience
which will contribute significantly to tourism growth, allowing AirAsia X the opportunity to open up new market segments from Malaysia with its
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