Thai AirAsia X’s Bangkok Don Mueang to Seoul
Thai AirAsia X celebrated the launch of its first flight on 17 June. Sharing the moment on the apron at Bangkok’s Don Mueang Airport were Siva Ramanathan, Director of Business Development, AirAsia X Berhad; Azran Osman-Rani, CEO of AirAsia X Berhad; Ms. Vilaiwan Nadvilai, Senior Executive VP, Airports of Thailand Public Co. Ltd; Flying Officer Chaturongkapol Sodmanee, General Manager of Don Mueang Airport; and Tassapon Bijleveld, CEO of Thai AirAsia. On board the flight, Nadda Buranasiri, CEO of Thai AirAsia X personally congratulated a lucky winner who was the first person to check-in at the counter for the inaugural flight of XJ700 on 17 June 2014. The lucky winner received two round-trip tickets from Bangkok (DMK) to Seoul (ICN).
- Thai AirAsia X launched operations on Tuesday 17 June. Its first route is a daily service from Bangkok Don Mueang (DMK) to Seoul Incheon (ICN). The 3,680-kilometre route will be operated by the airline’s A330-300s and will face no direct competition. However, eight airlines operate between Bangkok Suvarnabhumi and Seoul Incheon; Korean Air (thrice-daily flights), Thai Airways (18 weekly flights), Jeju Air (twice-daily flights), and Asiana Airlines, Business Air, Eastar Jet, Jin Air, and t’way air who all operate daily flights. Thai AirAsia X’s A330s have been configured with 377 seats; 12 Business Class Premium flatbed seats, and 365 Economy Class seats. For comparison Lufthansa’s A330-300s operate with between 217 and 221 seats.