AirAsia X plans direct Brisbane-Kuala Lumpur flights

By Chris Chamberlin , August 5 2016
AirAsia X plans direct Brisbane-Kuala Lumpur flights

Direct flights between Brisbane and Kuala Lumpur are now a matter of ‘when’ rather than ‘if’ for AirAsia X, with the Queensland capital central to the low-cost airline’s plans for expansion.

Non-stop flights to KL from regional centres such as Townsville are also being considered, revealed AirAsia X’s Head of Commercial Arik De during an interview with Australian Business Traveller at the CAPA Australia Pacific Summit 2016.

“Imagine a service from Townsville to Kuala Lumpur and the benefit that would bring to the people there,” De visualises.

“Brisbane is a cornerstone of our strategy and our plans, it’s there,” he continues, “but it’s not only Brisbane that we’re interested in – instead, also a bunch of Australian cities where we think there is tremendous potential for growth.”

While positioned as a low-fares airline, AirAsia X has appeal to cost-conscious business travellers with its ‘Premium Flatbed’ service on selected aircraft:

It’s still a 'sloping sleeper' rather than a true flat bed, but is a significant step up from the more premium economy-like business class seating found aboard the Boeing 787s of the Qantas-backed Jetstar and Singapore Airlines’ offshoot Scoot.

AirAsia X currently flies from Kuala Lumpur to Queensland’s Gold Coast and recently expanded the route with an onward service between the Gold Coast and Auckland, New Zealand.

Competitor Malaysia Airlines no longer serves Brisbane from KL having axed its own flights there in August 2015, leaving the non-stop Brisbane-KL route currently unserved by any airline.

Also read: Jetstar Australia eyes more non-stop flights to China

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Chris Chamberlin

Chris Chamberlin is the Associate Editor of Executive Traveller, and lives by the motto that a journey of a thousand miles begins not just with a single step, but also a strong latte, a theatre ticket, and later in the day, a good gin and tonic.

28 May 2016

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KUL-TSV flights would be nice to see, but I think that an a330 would be too much aircraft for the route (I assume an a330 would be used as it is on the majority of all other D7 Aus flights).

Didn't D7 order the a321NEO a couple of weeks ago, I think that aircraft would suit a route like this better.

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31 Aug 2015

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During the press conference for the Airbus A321neo order, the Air Asia CEO stated that the neo will be used for some of the existing Australian routes, as well as opening new routes. If I remember correctly, he stated that Perth would be one of the first destinations to get the 321neo.

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31 Aug 2015

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I feel like it is my duty as a traveller to talk about this:

I recently used Air Asia X for a trip that spanned Malaysia, Taiwan and South Korea. I can safely say that if you are someone who has a built body like me, or if you are leaning towards overweight on the scale, do not even think of using the Economy Class on the A330's. The 3-3-3 layout shrinks the seat width so much that your thighs start merging with the armrests. It is extremely uncomfortable for an 8-hour trip to Kuala Lumpur. There's also the problem of the weird arm and sholder positioning interplay with the person occupying the seat next to you because you don't have enough space for your arms.

The Premium Flatbed on the other hand, is extremely comfortable. However, it should be noted that you only get the bed and the food that you order online. If you don't care about the lounge and the personalised service and just want to be on one of the comfortable seats on board that aircraft, it's perfect.

You can also buy an upgrade after purchasing a basic economy ticket, which is what I did after the SYD-KUL leg. It was just 80 dollars for each leg. Great deal if you ask me.

10 Aug 2015

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Would these flights replce the gold coast flights?

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

09 May 2011

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Why are people down voting this? i wondered the same thing

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

02 Jul 2011

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Interesting as I don't believe the loads on the OOL flights have been that good

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

09 Feb 2015

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They can't be that bad as they have increased there services to daily from 6 a week.

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11 Oct 2014

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Anyone else find the proposed selection of Townsville .. odd. Despite Townsville and Cairns having a roughly identical population size, I would have thought that Cairns (CNS) would have been a more appropriate destination, due to the better infrastructure .. ie: airport, shopping, tourism base, casino, proximity to Port Douglas, the Cape etc.?
Not a reflection on Townsville, but I wonder why Air Asia would seemingly ignore the recognised tourism hub.

12 Nov 2017

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I see Air Asia have recently stopped selling seats on their four times a week KUL- OOL - KUL rotation(D7 201/200). Only able to book on the the daily night flight(D7 206/207). This sales cutback just happens to occur from the last day of the Commonwealth games(14th of April). Maybe losing money on this route? Also, wondering whether they may redeploy this capacity on a potential BNE - KUL route? Maybe an announcement soon??


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