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Filipe Rafael Henriques

Air Asia X to Europe

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Tony Fernandes, is half Portuguese, and in one of his last trips to Portugal he said that Air Asia X was trying to link Kuala Lumpur with Portugal, but not Lisbon (too expensive). He said that Air Asia X would fly either Kuala Lumpur-Faro or Kuala Lumpur-Porto.

 

Do you know anything?

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trying.....hhmmmmm

 

Guess KUL-FAO or KUL-OPO will not be commercially attractive for Air Asia X, unless via Macao ;)

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It seems to me that I remember Mr T.F. had plans to open a route in 2007!! from KUL to SNN,, what happened to that or is it some more "pie in the sky" ??..there is not much point in coming up with these great schemes unless you can get then into operation when you say you are going to.....

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Portugese use to own Macau i'm not sure if it still does :rolleyes:

 

I like this sentence..."use(d) to own...not sure if it still does." You had actually answered your question before you had even asked the question.

 

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TAP used to fly portugal to macao direct pre handover and a little bit over the period of "handed over" to china, but it was withdrawn due to poor response...

macanese portuguese people still speak portuguese (official language of macao govt) and some still have relatives or families in portugal still.

with macao's boom in casino tourism, it may be viable again.......

 

 

trying.....hhmmmmm

 

Guess KUL-FAO or KUL-OPO will not be commercially attractive for Air Asia X, unless via Macao ;)

 

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Portugese use to own Macau i'm not sure if it still does :rolleyes:

 

But there's not demand for a Portugal-Macau route... There was a Lisbon-Macau flight (TAP Portugal A340), but it hadn't good occupation...

Viva Macau said it would begin Lisbon-Macau flights (767) but nothing until today...

 

Tony Fernandes said that he wanted to fly to Lisbon, but since Lisbon Airport is expensive it would fly to Faro (or Porto)...

In Beja (100 km south of Lisbon) there is a new airport (mainly for cargo and low cost airlines) and perhaps Air Asia X could fly to there!

Does Air Asia X already have any announced flights to Europe?

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Philipe,, please read post 3 on this thread yes he did have plans to fly to SNN ?????.....

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But, only Stansted?

I heard about Prague, Manchester, Moscow...

 

How many A330 does Air Asia X have? And will they receive the A340?

 

1 + 25 on order.

 

A340s will be Q1 2009.

 

Let's see how long this budget long haul carrier will last. :rolleyes: Very ambitious plans.

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Let's see how long this budget long haul carrier will last. rolleyes.gif Very ambitious plans.

 

 

Yes Nick quite agree, well I sure hope that he has success with it ,but some of the prices that I originally saw;; I dont know particularly with the existing climate in the Airline Indusrtry, if he will be able to sustain them for long.....

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1 + 25 on order.

 

A340s will be Q1 2009.

 

Let's see how long this budget long haul carrier will last. :rolleyes: Very ambitious plans.

 

 

Thanks for youre expert opinion on D7.MSN 952 (A330-343) is expected to arrive in Oct 08.Tonight (18/6/08) Im flying to OOL.And by the way the average load factor to either OOL and HGH is over 75%,no kidding,coz Ive been flying on MSN 054 (9M-XAA) since Nov 07 to OOL.

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Thanks for youre expert opinion on D7.MSN 952 (A330-343) is expected to arrive in Oct 08.Tonight (18/6/08) Im flying to OOL.And by the way the average load factor to either OOL and HGH is over 75%,no kidding,coz Ive been flying on MSN 054 (9M-XAA) since Nov 07 to OOL.

 

I'll be on the OOL flight on 4Aug. Hope to catch you onboard, Azmir!

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Thanks for youre expert opinion on D7.MSN 952 (A330-343) is expected to arrive in Oct 08.Tonight (18/6/08) Im flying to OOL.And by the way the average load factor to either OOL and HGH is over 75%,no kidding,coz Ive been flying on MSN 054 (9M-XAA) since Nov 07 to OOL.

 

Load doesn't equate to yield.

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I picked this up from Business Traveller online today -

 

 

Air Asia to go ahead with London-Malaysia launch

Published: 30/07/2008 - Filed under: News »

 

Record fuel prices will not scupper plans to launch budget flights from London to Malaysia, Air Asia’s boss has pledged.

 

Kuala Lumpur-based Air Asia revealed plans to sell flights from Stansted to the Malaysian capital under the Air Asia X brand earlier this year, aiming at business as well as leisure travellers.

 

A Christmas launch was targeted, but Tony Fernandes, Air Asia founder and group chief executive, said problems sourcing a suitable aircraft had led to a slight delay.

 

“The earliest will now be next March and the latest, June. We were hoping to start in November or December,” he said. A team is currently in final talks at Stansted. “We are 90 per cent there,” said Fernandes.

 

Air Asia X has sourced an Airbus A340-300 on which it will carry 386 passengers, including 58 in a premium economy cabin. This will have inclined flatbed seats with a 50-inch pitch.

 

Economy fares were originally set to be around £300 return, but Fernandes admitted the oil price meant this was now more likely to be about £350.

 

Air Asia X plans to price its premium economy section against Malaysia Airlines’ full fare economy ticket. Passengers in both classes will have to pay for food.

 

Air Asia believes it can risk launching the London service despite the economic uncertainty. Unlike Oasis Hong Kong Airlines, which collapsed earlier this year, Air Asia has been operating for seven years and already carries 22 million passengers – 7 million more than Malaysia Airlines. Air Asia X already flies to China and Australia from Kuala Lumpur.

 

“I have taken the view that one of the best times to expand is during a period of flux,” said Fernandes.

 

Air Asia X, in which Sir Richard Branson owns a 20 per cent stake, is bringing its sponsorship of Manchester United to an end and will instead use the Virgin connection to publicise its UK launch next year.

 

Its parent company is also targeting business travellers by expanding on trunk routes between Kuala Lumpur, Hong Kong, Bangkok and Singapore.

 

It flies seven times a day to Bangkok and hopes to expand its Kuala Lumpur-Singapore service from two to eight a day when an open skies deal comes into force in December.

 

“Our target is 15 times a day, there is a huge market,” Fernandes said.

 

 

For more information visit airasia.com.

 

 

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TF is a risk taker, business is just like a gamble, the more risky is it, the higher the return. We had heard of the London flight for a while now, hopefully the plane takes off as soon as possible.

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TF is a risk taker, business is just like a gamble, the more risky is it, the higher the return. We had heard of the London flight for a while now, hopefully the plane takes off as soon as possible.

 

 

It will also depend on UK which is now mulling whether to introduce a Visa requirement for malaysians travelling to UK or not - and if it does, then KUL-UK sectors will likely see a drop in pax even for MH.

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