Thursday, March 12, 2009
AirAsia Bhd’s long-haul airline, AirAsia X, finally flew from the Low Cost Carrier Terminal (LCCT) in Sepang, Kuala Lumpur to London's Stansted Airport, yesterday. This AirAsia's maiden flight to London was on Airbus A340-300 with 289 passengers.
Stansted Airport is in Essex, approximately 48 km from central London, about the same distance from Kuala Lumpur Internatinal Airport (KLIA) to Kuala Lumpur city centre. Stansted is a popular hub for some major European low-cost carriers.
Despite news reports that passengers will spend the 13 hour flight in comparatively smaller seats, which do not recline and have less legroom than other planes, passengers appear not to mind due to the ridiculously low fares. This is a budget airline after all. Similarly, if you pay for a room at a backpackers' hostel, you can't expect 5 star hotel comfort.
Passengers who require additional comfort and service have the option of paying a little extra for XL seats, watch in-flight movies, blankets, pillows, eye covers and, of course, meals and drinks.
AirAsia X, is AirAsia's long haul budget airline operated by AirAsia X Sdn. Bhd. AirAsia X commenced its first flight on 2 November 2007 to Gold Coast, Australia from its base in Kuala Lumpur.
If you require additional information, you can either visit airasia.com or Tony Fernandes blog.