AIRASIA X ANNOUNCES DIRECT FLIGHTS TO ONE OF THE LARGEST CITIES BY POPULATION IN THE WORLD- SHANGHAI
Celebrates the new route with all-in fares from as low as MYR199* (CNY515)*from Kuala Lumpur
SHANGHAI, 22 NOVEMBER 2012 – AirAsia X, the long-haul, low fare airline affiliate of the AirAsia Group is expanding its network further into China with the introduction of direct flights to Shanghai from Kuala Lumpur. From February 19, 2013, AirAsia X will commence 6 times weekly flights from its hub in Kuala Lumpur to Shanghai Pudong International Airport, offering direct access to the city. AirAsia X will increase its flight frequency to Shanghai from 1st May, 2013 onwards, and will commence direct daily services to the city.
The new service was officially announced today in Shanghai by AirAsia X’s Chief Executive Officer, Azran Osman-Rani at the Mansion Hotel. Also present were tourism officials, business partners and members of the media.
(From left – right): Mr. Hendy Assan, The Consul General of Malaysia in Shanghai, Mr. Azran M Osman-Rani, CEO of AirAsia X, Mr. Effendy Mat Yaman, Director of Tourism Malaysia Shanghai, and Ms. Xu Rong, Marketing Manager of Shanghai International Airport at the announcement of AirAsia X’s Kuala Lumpur- Shanghai route today.To celebrate this achievement, AirAsia X will be offering launch fares to Shanghai from Kuala Lumpur from as low as MYR199* (CNY515)* one way on Economy and from just MYR799* (CNY1699*) one way on its Premium Flatbeds. The launch fares are available for online bookings from 23 to 25 November, 2012 for the travel period between 19 February and 30 September, 2013. For more details, log on to www.airasia.com.
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Azran Osman-Rani, Chief Executive Officer, AirAsia X said, “Barely 5 months since we launched our first flight into the heart of China-Beijing, AirAsia X is spreading our wings further into the People’s Republic of China, with the announcement of Shanghai, one of the world’s largest cities by population. Jointly as a Group (Malaysia AirAsia and AirAsia X, Thai AirAsia and Philippines AirAsia), the addition of Shanghai will be our fourteenth destination in China after Hangzhou, Beijing, Chengdu, Guilin, Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Nanning, Kunming, Wuhan, Chongqing and Xian including Hong Kong and Macau; offering our guests excellent connectivity across China.”
“With over 23 million populations in Shanghai city, we foresee strong demand for the route where guests may take the opportunity to visit Malaysia and use AirAsia X as a gateway to the many exotic, and exciting destinations across the region through our strong group network. We are confident that this route will stimulate new travel demand and boost tourism and business potential of both countries.”
Located in the Yangtze River Delta in eastern China, Shanghai sits at the mouth of the Yangtze River in the middle of the Chinese coast. A global city with influence in commerce, culture, finance, media, fashion, technology, and transport, Shanghai is also a popular tourist destination renowned for its historical landmarks such as The Bund, City God Temple and Yuyuan Garden, as well as the extensive and growing Lujiazui skyline. It has been described as the “showpiece” of the booming economy of mainland China.
Guests will also be able to book Fly-thru flights from Shanghai to Australia (Sydney, Perth, Melbourne, Gold Coast), Indonesia (Medan, Surabaya, Bali, Jakarta), Thailand (Bangkok, Chiangmai, Phuket, Krabi,) Vietnam (Ho Chi Minh) and Singapore. The Flu-thru service allows passengers to seamlessly purchase two flight sectors and connect via Kuala Lumpur.
The Shanghai – Kuala Lumpur route will be operated on the Airbus A330-300 aircraft with a configuration of 12 Premium flatbed seats and 365 Economy seats. AirAsia X was the first long-haul, low fare carrier to introduce Flatbed seats, which have standard business class specifications of 20” width, 60” pitch and stretch out to 77” in full recline position.
The Premium flatbeds feature universal power sockets, adjustable headrests and built-in personal utilities such as tray table, drink holder, reading light and privacy screen. Premium seat guests also enjoy premium complimentary products and services including Pick A Seat, Priority Check-in, Priority Boarding, Priority Baggage, 25kg Baggage Allowance, Complimentary Meal and Pillow & Blanket.
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As a member of the AirAsia Group, AirAsia X keeps abreast with the social media community via their Facebook and Twitter accounts. Guests are able to receive real-time updates on latest promotions and interact with AirAsia via facebook.com/AirAsia and twitter.com/AirAsia.
Guests can also log on to AirAsia’s one-stop travel portal at AirAsiaGo.com which offers a range of more than 80,000 three-star, five-star and boutique hotels, tour packages and transfers to choose from.