AirAsia low-cost arm launches Delhi-Kuala Lumpur flight
AirAsiaX, the low cost long haul arm of Malaysia's AirAsia, today launched its daily direct flight to Kaula Lumpur from the national capital.india Updated: Aug 05, 2010 18:33 IST
AirAsiaX, the low cost long haul arm of Malaysia's AirAsia, today launched its daily direct flight to Kaula Lumpur from the national capital.
The airline also announced promotional fare of Re 1 plus taxes for one-way ticket, the sale of which will remain open
between August 7 and 8.
"This is promotional fare with dynamic pricing and passengers who have booked their tickets on these days can
travel between August 10 and September 30," AirAsiaX CEO Azran Osman-Rani said while launching the inaugural flight.
The cost of a ticket on Delhi-Kuala Lumpur sector would Re 1 promotional fare and surcharge of Rs 476.
Delhi is second destination for AirAsiaX in India after Mumbai and the 10th worldwide.
Last evening, a brand new Airbus 330-300 aircraft with around 300 passengers landed at the IGI airport's T3 from
Kuala Lumpur, Osman-Rani said, adding, "We are delighted to add Delhi as our second destination (in India) and we are looking forward to replicate our success of Mumbai here also."
Speaking about the future expansion plan, Osman-Rani said, "The launch of Delhi service also marks the culmination
of expansion of AirAsiaX in India for the time being."
He said that though there were some cities which were on the airline's horizon but the AirAsia and AriAsiaX would be
catering to those nine cities where it is flying as of now.
"We would like to first see the market then think of expanding service to other cities," Osman-Rani said, adding
for the time being the airline has used up all its entitlement but hopes that it would get permission from Civil Aviation
Ministry for more flights from Mumbai.
Addressing the gathering, Malaysia's High Commissioner to India, Dato' Tan Seng Sung said talks were going on with
Indian government on allowing more flights to India and "one round of talks is likely to take place later this month."
Sung said India and Malaysia has historical ties and people-to-people contact has strengthen with time.
"The trade volume between the two countries has reached USD 7.06 billion last year and we are looking for a Free Trade Agreement," he added.
The flight from Kuala Lumpur (D7-2506) will leave at 1600 hours and reach Delhi at 1910 hours and on the return leg
flight D7-2507 would depart from Delhi at 2025 hours and reach Kuala Lumpur at 0435 hours.
AirAsia currently flies to nine Indian cities -- Tiruchirappalli, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Cochin, Chennai, Mumbai,
Thiruvananthapuram, Bangalore and New Delhi.
First Published: Aug 05, 2010 18:32 IST