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AirAsia X to Launch KL - Christchurch Flights; Promo Fares from HK$ 528

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AirAsia X is to launch direct flights between Kuala Lumpur and Christchurch in New Zealand.

The airline will operate four non-stop weekly services between Kuala Lumpur and Christchurch from 1 April 2011.

To celebrate the opening for sale of the new route, AirAsia X is offering a promotional all-in fare from as low as HK$528 one way from Kuala Lumpur to Christchurch between 3 and 5 December 2010 (Booking starts 12:00 noon New Zealand and 07:00 Hong Kong time) for travel between 1 April and 10 November 2011.

Promotional seats are limited and available on first-come, first-served basis. Terms and conditions apply.

Tourism New Zealand Chief Executive Kevin Bowler said, This announcement is great news for AirAsia and AirAsia X customers and great news for New Zealand. Tourism New Zealand welcomes the increased connectivity to the world this new service will provide. We have strong growth in demand from South East Asia and this new service will go a long way to fulfilling this increased interest in visiting our stunning country.

Tourism New Zealand Asia General Manager, Mark Frood, added New Zealands South Island offers huge diversity from the beautiful city of Christchurch itself, to the rugged West Coast, Southern Lakes mountains, Fiordland sounds, glaciers and whale watching up to the sunny reaches of Nelson and the wine regions of Marlborough. There is so much for visitors to enjoy.

 In the last 12 months until October 2010, New Zealand welcomed 20,784 Malaysian visitors (up 6.9%), 30,839 Singaporean visitors (up 7.1%), 28,421 Indian visitors (up 16%) and 21,052 Thai visitors (up 7.1%).

Guests flying on this new route will have the chance to experience the AirAsias Premium FlatBed seats on brand new A330 aircraft. The flatbed seats boast 20 width, 60 pitch and stretch out to 77 in the full recline position. The seats feature universal power sockets, adjustable headrests and built-in personal utilities such as tray table, drink holder, reading light and privacy screen.

Christchurch

The South Islands largest city, Christchurch is one of New Zealands most popular destinations. From Christchurch, visitors can easily access the heart of the South Island. Christchurch International Airport is one of New Zealand's main tourism gateways, and only 20 minutes' drive from the city centre.

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