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#21 JuliusWong

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Posted 12 October 2013 - 01:17 AM

Thai AirAsia X Gets Air Operator License
 
October 11, 2013
 
Malaysia's AirAsia X, the long-haul arm of Asia's largest low-cost airline, has received an air operator's license for its first overseas foray, Thai AirAsia X.
 
Thai AirAsia X, a joint venture AirAsia X established last month with the head of sister company Thai AirAsia and an advisor to the Thai prime minister was granted the license by the Department of Civil Aviation of Thailand.
 
AirAsia X revealed the move in a stock exchange filing on Friday.
 
 
(Reuters)


#22 flee

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Posted 24 October 2013 - 06:20 PM

AirAsia X’s new affiliate in Thailand is gearing up to launch services in early 2014 with an initial fleet of two A330-300s and an initial network of three destinations. At least one destination in Australia and North Asia is expected to be served from a base at Bangkok’s Don Muang Airport.
 
Thai AirAsia X (TAAX) is one of three new low-cost carriers in Thailand but is strategically well positioned as it will be the country’s first medium/long-haul LCC. It will also have the advantage of being on the receiving end of Thailand’s largest short-haul LCC, Thai AirAsia.
 
TAAX will be the first of potentially several new joint venture carriers from Malaysia-based AirAsia X, which is using proceeds from a Jun-2013 IPO to accelerate expansion in line with a new multi-hub strategy. Indonesia is in line to host the second AirAsia X affiliate, potentially launching by the end of 2014 with a base in Bali. The Philippines for now is not being considered for an AirAsia X affiliate, although it remains a long-term possibility.
 


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Posted 24 October 2013 - 11:33 PM

I think the future of Thai Air Asia X is much brighter than Air Asia X... especially after Air Asia Group finally receives its first A350-900 as the 359 can serve all the Scandinavian cities non-stop from Don Mueang. Leisure traffics between Thailand and Scandinavian countries have always been very big and strong. A lot of potential there. I wouldn't be surprised if the growth of Thai Air Asia X outpace that of Air Asia X.



#24 Kee Hooi Yen

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Posted 25 October 2013 - 08:25 AM

I think the future of Thai Air Asia X is much brighter than Air Asia X... especially after Air Asia Group finally receives its first A350-900 as the 359 can serve all the Scandinavian cities non-stop from Don Mueang. Leisure traffics between Thailand and Scandinavian countries have always been very big and strong. A lot of potential there. I wouldn't be surprised if the growth of Thai Air Asia X outpace that of Air Asia X.


Fully agree. I think there is better O&D traffic in Thailand than Malaysia for leisure market which is the market Air Asia aiming for. Similarly for Indonesia as well especially Bali. However not sure about the market for outbound traffic from the locals in Thailand and Indonesia though.

From my experience with D7 on AUS-KUL, many pax are on connecting to Thailand, Vietnam and Indonesia. Some are foreign tourists to these countries and some are resident of these countries.

#25 Mike P

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Posted 25 October 2013 - 08:38 AM

It's actually interesting to see AirAsia booking engine on the long haul connecting routes, like from SYD or MEL to regional routes, one can choose either stopover in KUL or DMK. But, AirAsia's network is still bigger than Thai AirAsia.



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Posted 25 October 2013 - 10:04 AM

From my experience with D7 on AUS-KUL, many pax are on connecting to Thailand, Vietnam and Indonesia. Some are foreign tourists to these countries and some are resident of these countries.

In the early days of D7, when there was no fly thru service, the adventurous people of Oz did self connects. Then, the Airasia sale usually takes place before the D7 sale. The Aussies would speculatively book the Airasia sectors first (because they were zero fares) and then wait for the D7 sale to get their Australia to KL tickets. Their main point is that they can now afford a foreign holiday for the price of a local holiday.

 

To what extent Thai AAX will cannibalise D7's business will be interesting. Wtih Thai AAX, there will not longer be a need to fly, e.g. SYD-KUL-DMK as they can now fly SYD-DMK direct. Will that be serious enough to slow D7's growth?

 

I think that MAHB has forced D7's hand. With klia2 severly delayed, D7 has no choice but to send its planes to hubs other than KUL. The decision to setup Thai AAX was probably accelerated due to this delay.



#27 flee

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Posted 04 November 2013 - 10:02 AM

AirAsia X to take on Jetstar on Thailand flights
 
Long-haul low-cost flying into and out of will start to gear up early next year when AirAsia X, which currently serves the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur twice daily from Melbourne and 12 times a week from Sydney, starts flying non-stop to Bangkok, Thailand.
 
The long-haul arm of AirAsia is about to begin stage two of its development, where it opens up medium and long-haul services to the hubs of the parent’s short-haul regional affiliates in south-east Asia.
 
Operationally piggy-backing on top of the AirAsia parent, AirAsiaX now has five Australian A330-300 destinations after beginning an initial four flights a week from Kuala Lumpur to Adelaide last Friday. That is expected rise to daily by the end of next year. AirAsia X also flies to the Gold Coast and Perth.
 
From Kuala Lumpur, the airline flies to a further 13 cities: Taipei, Jeddah (Saudi Arabia), Male (Maldives), Colombo (Sri Lanka), Kathmandu (Nepal), Tokyo and Osaka (Japan), Seoul and Busan (South Korea) and Chengdu, Beijing, Shanghai and Hangzhou (China).
 
The strategy now is to begin joining more of the dots. From early 2014, AirAsia X will initially base two 377-seat A330 widebody jets at Bangkok’s Don Mueang airport – the Thai AirAsia base at the Thai capital’s old international airport, which has been superseded by Suvarnabhumi airport.
 
Thai AirAsia now has about a quarter of the AirAsia group’s fleet of 180-seat A320s flying to domestic and nearby international cities from Don Mueang airport, after switching from Suvarnabhumi a year ago.
 
AirAsia X boss Azran Osman-Rani is foxing about which of the existing dots will be joined from Bangkok, but he has already told the aviation trade media it will be a total of three destinations – one or two in Australia with one or two in China and north Asia.
 
 

 



#28 Waiping

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Posted 04 November 2013 - 01:20 PM

Whoa! Go get 'em!

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Posted 20 December 2013 - 08:42 AM

How 'early' in 2014 can they start operation? NokScoot is entering the foray.

 

I hope DMK-HND/NRT is one of the planned 3 routes (I am not sure about the slot issues with HND from DMK). This will give them an edge over NokScoot.



#30 JuliusWong

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Posted 20 December 2013 - 09:21 AM

How 'early' in 2014 can they start operation? NokScoot is entering the foray.

 

I hope DMK-HND/NRT is one of the planned 3 routes (I am not sure about the slot issues with HND from DMK). This will give them an edge over NokScoot.

I think Thai AirAsia X can start operation as soon as they get green light from Thai government. AirAsia X has been building up their A333s fleet over the past few months with ex-KA and ex-Batavia jets. Not to forget their two A343s still on lease. Won't be surprised if they start their operation in 1Q 2014.



#31 flee

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Posted 20 December 2013 - 09:33 AM

Yes, Thai AAX should start operations within the next one or two months. I suspect NokScoot to only commence in Q4 2014.



#32 JuliusWong

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Posted 20 December 2013 - 11:14 AM

Thai AirAsia X had indeed obtained their license since October 2013. http://www.thestar.c...ts-licence.aspx

 

I think AirAsia X latest order for 25 A330-300s is a knee-jerk effect towards NokScoot's announcement. 



#33 flee

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Posted 20 December 2013 - 06:00 PM

I am not sure if it is - in the past TF expressed his admiration for SQ and how he wanted the Airasia group to emulate the efficiency of the SQ operations. Now, he is telling us the wants the Airasia group to be the LCC version of Emirates and dominate the world! Looks like his ambition has changed!



#34 JuliusWong

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Posted 21 December 2013 - 12:32 AM

SQ is slipping into oblivion in face of Middle East Big 3 slowly.......But a lot of people have different opinions on this. Since EK continues to dominate the aviation scene, I am not surprised TF changed his views to become LCC version of EK.



#35 Mike P

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Posted 21 December 2013 - 10:05 AM

I think EK has served more destination than any other airlines ever could, and served more destination using A380 than any other airlines could!



#36 Kee Hooi Yen

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Posted 21 December 2013 - 02:26 PM

EK has not just heaps of destinations, but frequencies as well

#37 Waiping

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Posted 21 December 2013 - 03:14 PM

IMHO although the ME3 have frequency, I am not sure about the their inflight service.



#38 KK Lee

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Posted 21 December 2013 - 04:25 PM

IMHO although the ME3 have frequency, I am not sure about the their inflight service.

 

With the exception of 10 abreast 777 else is superior than MH.



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Posted 16 January 2014 - 02:08 PM

First A330-300 delivered to Thai AirAsia X in preparation for launch

 

15-Jan-2014 Thai AirAsia X (Bangkok Don Mueang) has taken delivery of its first A330-300 HS-XTA (cn 662) earlier on January 15 at Bangkok Don Mueang.

 
The aircraft transferred from parent carrier AirAsia X (D7, Kuala Lumpur Int'l) will likely be used for the certification process ahead of the launch of proposed long-haul operations from Bangkok Don Mueang to destinations in North Asia, Australia and Europe.
 
 


#40 Mohd Azizul Ramli

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Posted 16 January 2014 - 09:43 PM

cn 662 is the former B-HWG.

 

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I think the rest of the newly leased ex Dragon Air A333s are destined for Thai AirAsia X too.

 

Does anyone knows what is the IATA code for the airline?






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