AirAsia X eyes Adelaide for direct flights to Kuala Lumpur?

By John Walton, May 31 2012
AirAsia X eyes Adelaide for direct flights to Kuala Lumpur?

Low-cost carrier AirAsia X is planning flights from an additional Australian city to its Kuala Lumpur hub, and frequent flyers know what that means: a fare war for your business travel dollar to KL, connections to southeast Asia and even further afield.

Speaking to the tourism industry publication Travel Weekly, Malaysian Tourism Promotion Board director Shahrin Mokhtar let the additional AirAsia X route plans slip: "They are talking about one more," he said.

Adelaide has been mooted as the next logical AirAsia X destination in Australia, as the airline already flies to the Gold Coast, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney.

AirAsia's Premium class is fitted with angled lie-flat seats and isn't a full business class by any means -- but the seat's as good as most airlines' lie-flat offerings and better than many of them.

We hear positive things about the food (tasty, if served economy-style) and service (warm and friendly) too. So at the end of the day, if it's a question of flying someone else's economy or AirAsia's Premium, we'd seriously consider the latter.

If you agree, don't miss our guide to the best seats to pick in Premium on one of AirAsia's A330 planes.

AirAsia is also planning to shake up Australia's hotels markets (which could frankly use it): subsidiary Tune Hotels is planning locations in Melbourne CBD and at Sydney Airport.

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John Walton

Aviation journalist and travel columnist John took his first long-haul flight when he was eight weeks old and hasn't looked back since. Well, except when facing rearwards in business class.

02 Jul 2011

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I flew Air Asia Premium a few weeks ago and can recommend it. It provides a basic angled flatbed seat without the bells and whistles but plenty of space and for the price it's great.


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