Among those celebrating AirAsia X’s arrival in Hawaii from Kuala Lumpur were: Benyamin Ismail, CEO of AirAsia X; Mike McCartney, State of Hawaii Chief of Staff; Tan Sri Rafidah Aziz, AirAsia X Chairperson; H.E Tan Sri Dr Zulhasnan Rafique, Malaysian Ambassador to the US; and George Szigeti, President and CEO of Hawaii Tourism Authority. The four times weekly service, which operates via Osaka in Japan, is the carrier’s first foray into the US market.
- AirAsia X has flown its first service to the US. On 28 June flight D7 001 took off from Kuala Lumpur (KUL) heading for Honolulu (HNL) in Hawaii, stopping off en-route at Osaka Kansai (KIX). The new service will be flown four times weekly by the airline’s A330-300s. Competition exists on the sector between Osaka and Hawaii with Delta Air Lines, Hawaiian Airlines and Japan Airlines all operating daily flights on the 6,611-kilometre route. The inaugural service had a load factor of over 90%. AirAsia X Chairperson, Tan Sri Rafidah Aziz, said: “We are here to democratise air travel for everyone, so flying long-haul would no longer be a luxury only a few could enjoy. This landmark route to Hawaii is a bold new chapter in that quest to help more people travel further for less. But this is just the beginning, and soon our guests will be able to enjoy flights to even more destinations in the US as we continue to grow our international footprint.”