Long-haul budget carrier AirAsia X will fly to Japan in December, with three non-stop flights a week from KL International Airport to Haneda in Tokyo.
Chief executive officer Azran Osman Rani said considering its status as the world’s largest metropolitan city, Tokyo was an important feeder market for the airline to move into the growing international network.
“The three weekly flights will strengthen our historic business and tourism links with Japan’s commercial centre,” he said.
Azran said he estimated that more than 60% of the passengers between Kuala Lumpur and Tokyo would be first-time visitors, adding that new market segments could be created from the tourism growth.
To mark its new destination, Air Asia X is offering promotional fares for a one-way ticket from Kuala Lumpur to Tokyo from as low as RM99. The tickets will be available from Sept 23 to Sept 26 for travel period Dec 9 to Jul 31, 2011.
Passengers will travel in a brand new A330 aircraft with standard business class “Premium Flat Bed” seats that feature universal power sockets, adjustable headrests and built-in personal utilities, such as tray table, drink holder, reading light and privacy screen.
AirASia X currently flies to destinations in Australia, India, Taiwan, China, Europe and Korea.