Thai AirAsia X launched its second and third routes from Bangkok’s Don Mueang Airport on 1 September to Tokyo Narita and Osaka Kansai. VIP guests on the inaugural A330-300 flight to Tokyo were Nadda Buranasiri, CEO of Thai AirAsia X and Tassapon Bijleveld, CEO of Thai AirAsia. During the flight Nadda Buranasiri personally congratulated a lucky winner who was the first person to check-in at the counter for the inaugural flight to Narita. The lucky winner received 2 round-trip tickets with Thai AirAsia X from Bangkok to Osaka.
- Thai AirAsia X, which launched on 17 June with flights to Seoul Incheon, has added its second and third routes from Bangkok Don Mueang (DMK). On 1 September it began five times weekly flights on the 4,157-kilometre route to Osaka Kansai (KIX), as well as daily flights on the 4,646-kilometre route to Tokyo Narita (NRT). The Narita route will double in frequency to twice-daily from 26 March 2015 while Kansai flights will increase from five to seven per week. Both routes will face no direct competition and be operated by the airline’s A330-300s. Mr Nadda Buranasiri, CEO of Thai AirAsia X said, “Today is another important day for our airline with inaugural flights for two routes to Japan, namely; Bangkok (DMK) to Tokyo (NRT) and Bangkok (DMK) to Osaka (KIX). Despite low season, our flights have been well received and we are confident that the demand for low-fare travel between the two countries will continue to increase. We have already achieved an advance booking rate of 50 percent for the first quarter of 2015 and have decided to increase flight frequencies during the Songkran holiday.” From Bangkok Suvarnabhumi (BKK) both Japan Airlines and Thai Airways serve the Osaka Kansai market while both these carriers (plus All Nippon Airways and Delta Air Lines) also operate between BKK and Narita. All of these carriers (apart from Delta) also operate daily flights between BKK and Tokyo Haneda. See how Tokyo Narita airport’s fire truck water arch salute compares to others from around the world this week.