AirAsia X is nosing in on territory currently dominated by Air New Zealand, Virgin Australia and Jetstar in launching non-stop flights between the Gold Coast and Auckland come March 2016.
Running as a continuation of the airline’s existing Kuala Lumpur-Gold Coast services, passengers will be able to book the full journey between Kuala Lumpur and Auckland or will be able to fly solely across the Tasman and back, an AirAsia X spokesperson confirmed to Australian Business Traveller.
While traditionally a low-cost carrier, AirAsia X join the ranks of Scoot, Jetstar and more in offering a better-than-economy zone for business travellers and leisure passengers willing to part with a little extra, sold simply as ‘Premium Flatbed’:
Certainly a step up from the premium economy-style seating at the pointy end of Jetstar and Scoot, AirAsia X’s Premium Flatbed service includes a seat which is angled lie-flat – not fully flat – aboard its Airbus A330 aircraft…
You’ll also be able to choose your preferred seat at no charge and can connect your phone or laptop to the inflight power, although other finer touches like airport lounge access, amenity kits, pyjamas on overnight flights and inflight entertainment are expectedly absent, so BYO where you can.
From March 22 2016, flight D7206 is wheels-up daily at 9:25pm in Kuala Lumpur to reach the Gold Coast at 7:25am the following morning, before departing again for Auckland at 8:40am and touching down there at 3pm local time.
On the return, D7207 takes flight at 4:30pm for a 6pm touchdown on the Gold Coast, paired by a near-3.5-hour wait on the ground until 9:25pm and an arrival into Kuala Lumpur at 4am the next morning.
Travellers can also earn points in AirAsia’s ‘BIG’ loyalty program which can used to book future travel, as you’d expect of any regular airline loyalty program.
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