AirAsia X could enter the trans-Tasman market, adding a dash of low-cost competition to the popular corridor already flown by Qantas, Virgin Australia, Air New Zealand, Jetstar, Emirates, LAN and China Airlines.
Airline group CEO Tony Fernandes today confirmed on Twitter, one of his favourite mediums, that "Yes new Zealand is being looked at via Australia" (sic).
New Zealand is Australia's most popular international destination with business travellers and holiday-makers busily shuttling across the pond, while the Malaysian airline rates well for business travellers on a budget thanks to the relatively low fares of its 'Premium' cabin (below).
AirAsia X already flies to Sydney, Melbourne and the Gold Coast, along with Darwin and Perth, but currently has no flights to New Zealand.
Fernandes' tweet implies that the airline might look to extend a flight from Kuala Lumpur to an east coast city such as Sydney through to Auckland or some other traffic-worthy NZ destination, with the flight then turning around to retrace its steps – the same pattern as adopted by Emirates' three trans-Tasman Airbus A380 flights.
Fernandes also offered a progress report of sorts on earlier plans to restart flights between Kuala Lumpur and London, over three years after it abandoned the route – along with Paris – citing high fuel prices and airport taxes combined with weak demand.
"Airasia x is closing in on European routes including London and also application process statting to hawaii" (sic) he shared.
Fernandes has previously cited Kuala Lumpur to London as "the most wanted route for airasia x" and stated that "the reopening of KL London is definitely on the cards."
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