AirAsia X launched its latest route to China from Kuala Lumpur on 1 May, commencing a four times weekly service to Lanzhou. A celebration party was held for the new route at the Chinese airport before the first flight arrived.
- AirAsia X commenced its latest route from Kuala Lumpur (KUL) on 1 May. It inaugurated a four times weekly service to Lanzhou (LHW) in China. The airline will serve the 3,764-kilometre sector using its fleet of A330-300s, with no other airline presently connecting the two cities. When referencing OAG Traffic Analyser data, an estimated 3,800 passengers travelled indirectly between the two airports in 2018. However, the new service does open up an array of new connection possibilities for passengers via Kuala Lumpur. This becomes only the third scheduled international route to be flown by an airline to/from Lanzhou. China Eastern Airlines and Spring Airlines both presently operate a weekly service to Bangkok Suvarnabhumi, while China Eastern (twice-weekly) and Hainan Airlines (three times weekly) link Lanzhou to Taipei Taoyuan this summer. Lanzhou becomes the tenth route to mainland China for AirAsia X from Kuala Lumpur when looking at OAG Schedules Analyser data.