Another thumbs up for a new route from the AirAsia family of airlines this week. Thai AirAsia X has launched its first service to China, a daily link to Shanghai Pudong from Bangkok Don Mueang. The airline also serves Osaka and Tokyo in Japan, as well as Seoul in South Korea.
- Thai AirAsia X, which launched services in June 2014, has added Shanghai Pudong (PVG) to its modest route network from Bangkok Don Mueang (DMK). On 1 October the long-haul low-fare airline began daily flights on the 2,887-kilometre route using its A330-300s. No other carrier serves this airport pair. However, there are 12 daily flights between Bangkok Suvarnabhumi and Shanghai Pudong operated by China Eastern Airlines, Juneyao Airlines, Spring Airlines and Thai Airways (each operating two flights per day) and Shanghai Airlines (which operates four daily flights). Nadda Buranasiri, CEO of Thai AirAsia X stated that, “As Thai AirAsia X (flight code XJ) enters its second year, it will continue to grow with a focus on penetrating the Chinese market. The airline will do so with its new route to Shanghai, China and new advertising concept ‘Experience Exotic China in a Modern Way’ distilled into the slogan ‘Shanghai… Hip and Artistic, Retro and Modern; Everything in One Place’. China is a very populous market and has great growth potential in terms of tourism, economics and investment. The AirAsia Group has maintained a strong and extensive flight network in China and the brand has become popular and well-trusted. Thai AirAsia X is proud to be entering the Chinese market in a major way and we have received great support from all relevant agencies. This is a great opportunity for growth.” Flights depart Don Mueang at 00:15 arriving in Shanghai at 05:40. The return flight leaves Shanghai at 06:55 arriving back in Bangkok at 10:15 local time.