Tuesday, May 15, 2007

AirAsia Xpress Boarding offers option to choose seat for RM20

Those tired of lining up to get seats when flying AirAsia can now get to choose their places on board for a small price.

By paying RM20, passengers can now use the Xpress Boarding service – the budget airline's own version of a business class type of service – to be among the first to board.

In a statement yesterday, the airline said that by paying a “little more,” passengers would be able to select their choice of seating – whether front row, aisle or window seats – for their own convenience.

“This new service provides passengers the opportunity to be amongst the first to board and have the greatest choice of seats, ahead of the general boarding group, at an introductory fee of RM20 one-way,” said the airline's executive vice-president commercial Kathleen Tan.

AirAsia currently practices a free-seating policy and the Xpress Boarding services will be extended to all airports in its network, including those serviced by its sister companies, Thai AirAsia and Indonesia AirAsia.

The statement said the free-seating policy encouraged passengers to be punctual at the boarding gate, which is an important element for the airline's 25-minute turnaround.

The new service is sold online on a first-come, first-served basis as part of the normal flight booking process at www.airasia.com or at any of AirAsia's sales offices, airport sales counters or call centres.

Passengers who purchase the service would be able to go directly to the boarding gate and be amongst the first to board.

They should be at the boarding gate no later than 30 minutes before the flight is scheduled to depart.

Source : STAR
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