Celebrating AirAsia X’s first flight to Nagoya Chubu Airport in Japan on 17 March were (from left to right): Dato’ Fam Lee Ee, Director of AirAsia X; Azran Osman-Rani, Chief Executive Officer of AirAsia X; Tan Sri’ Rafidah, Chairman of AirAsia X and spouse, Tan Sri’ Bashir. Guests at the press conference received a surprise visitor when Kamui Kobayashi, the Caterham F1 driver, entered the room and unveiled the inaugural launch fare together with AirAsia X’s CEO.
- AirAsia X on 17 March introduced its latest route with the launch of four weekly flights between Kuala Lumpur (KUL) and Nagoya Chubu (NGO) in Japan. The 5,080-kilometre route will be flown using the airline’s A330-300s. The first flight arrived in Nagoya with 341 passengers on board, representing a 90% load factor. Nagoya is AirAsia X’s third destination in Japan after Osaka Kansai and Tokyo Haneda. Azran Osman-Rani, CEO of AirAsia X said, “With AirAsia X’s renowned low fares, guests from Japan may now travel from our ports in Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya when exploring their travel and holiday plans to the South East Asia region and beyond via the Kuala Lumpur hub. This is very much in line with the government's tourism agenda, and the airline's commitment to boost the Malaysian tourism industry as well as increase tourism traffic across our group network. Similarly, with the addition of Nagoya, guests will have more travel options to explore Japan, and we believe Nagoya being a scenic and historical destination will be a popular tourist destination.”