Passengers on AirAsia X’s inaugural Kuala Lumpur to Tokyo Narita service were all greeted personally by: Azran Osman-Rani (centre), AirAsia X CEO; Dato’ Bernard Francis (third from right), AirAsia X Commercial Director; and Raghbir Singh Bhall (second from right), Senior Manager of Terminal Services klia2, Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad. The 5,403-kilometres route is already served by Malaysia Airlines (10 weekly flights) and Japan Airlines (daily flights). AirAsia X already serves Tokyo Haneda with daily flights from KL.
- AirAsia X now offers non-stop flights from Kuala Lumpur (KUL) to both airports in Tokyo, following the launch on 21 November of a new four times weekly service to Tokyo Narita (NRT). The 5,403-kilometre route will be flown by the airline’s A330-300s, and will compete with Malaysia Airlines’ 10 weekly flights and Japan Airlines’ daily service. AirAsia X has been serving Tokyo Haneda since December 2010 and currently operates daily flights on that route. Azran Osman-Rani, CEO of AirAsia X said, “Our service to Tokyo Narita enhances our connectivity offering, complementing our existing daily services to Haneda that arrives at night, with this service via Narita airport that arrives into Tokyo in the morning. Given the unique nature of Tokyo’s airport constraints and the large size of the market, we are confident that this dual airport operation will work. Many major Asian airlines operate from both Haneda and Narita airports, and the existing operations of our affiliate, Thai AirAsia X operating from Narita, gives us scale benefits.” Makoto Natsume, CEO of Narita International Airport Corp. said, “We extend a heartfelt welcome to AirAsia X at Narita Airport. AirAsia X will be the only LCC at Narita Airport to operate on the Kuala Lumpur route. This will provide our customers at Narita with completely new options in terms of air fares and schedules, give them inexpensive access to the extensive AirAsia X network extending throughout the Asia region and to Australia, and make it possible for them to create travel plans that are more diverse and attractive than before.”