Route of the Week:
AirAsia X’s Kuala Lumpur to Osaka Kansai
AirAsia X’s CEO Azran Osman-Rani tried on different outfits when he and his crew inaugurated the airline’s second route to Japan. The long-haul low-cost airline now flies from Kuala Lumpur to Osaka Kansai.
At Osaka Kansai Airport, a ribbon-cutting ceremony was held. Cutting the ribbon together with the crew were Shigeki Tsubokawa, AirAsia X GM & Station Manager Japan; Hiroshi Hasegawa, Administrator of the Airport, Osaka Regional Civil Aviation Bureau, Kansai International Airport Office; Azran Osman-Rani, CEO AirAsia X; and Shinichi Fukushima, president & CEO Kansai International Airport. Tsubokawa and Osman-Rani were then handed flowers.
- AirAsia X launched its second route to Japan after Tokyo Haneda on 30 November when the long-haul low-cost airline connected its Kuala Lumpur (KUL) base with Osaka Kansai (KIX). 377-seat A330-300 aircraft operate the route four times weekly. Competition comes from Malaysia Airlines’ six flights a week. Azran Osman-Rani, CEO AirAsia X, said: “In less than one year since the commencement of the airline’s inaugural flight to Tokyo in December 2010, we are pleased to be adding one of Japan’s commercial and economic hub into our growing international network. The four times weekly flight is expected to help meet demand from business and leisure travellers between South East Asia and Japan.”