Azran Osman-Rani the CEO of AirAsia X is flanked by Terracotta Warriors as he celebrates the launch of the airline’s new route to Xi’an, the fifth Chinese destination now served. The carrier has already carried 2.7 million passengers between Kuala Lumpur and China since the airline first started serving China in February 2008, when service to Hangzhou was introduced.
- AirAsia X has introduced its second new route this year. Following the launch of flights to Nagoya in March, the long-haul, low-cost carrier has added Xi’an (XIY) in China to its network from Kuala Lumpur (KUL). The 3,570-kilometre route will be served four times weekly with the airline’s 377-seat A330-300s and will face no direct competition. It is the airline’s fifth route to China as it already serves Beijing, Chengdu, Hangzhou and Shanghai Pudong. Azran Osman-Rani, CEO of AirAsia X, said: “I am pleased to announce that AirAsia X is the first airline that flies direct into Xi’an. Adding Xi’an into our ever growing network in China proves our commitment in our growth strategies in the Asia Pacific region and will further expand the airline’s reach in North Asia. The airline has in total carried 2.7 million passengers to date into/from China from Kuala Lumpur with an average passenger load of 82%. With Xi’an added on our network, we expect to see our total revenue increase to over 17% with more than one million guests flying into/from our China routes from Kuala Lumpur this year.”