To mark Thai AirAsia's inaugural service from Changsha to Bangkok Don Mueang, all of the flight's passengers were presented with souvenirs and gift certificates. The route becomes the airline's ninth between Bangkok and China (including Hong Kong and Macau) and will operate daily with the airline's A320s.
- Thai AirAsia launched its newest route from Bangkok Don Mueang (DMK) on 24 January with the introduction of daily flights to Changsha (CSX) in China. The 2,030-kilometre route will not face any direct scheduled competition. According to Mr. Tassapon Bijleveld, CEO of Thai AirAsia, "We are confident in the potential of the China market in the long run. Changsha is AirAsia’s ninth destination in China, and today’s inaugural flight had a load factor of over 70%, which is an acceptable number considering Thailand’s current circumstances". Highlights for visitors to Changsha include World Heritage Jang Jia Jie Park, which is the filming location of Hollywood hit Avatar. Adventure seekers will be able to experience a sky-high cable car ride to an otherworldly range of sand stone towers. For travellers who like to drink in the atmosphere and view local cultures, Changsha also has the ancient riverside town of Fenghuang waiting to be explored.