Indonesia AirAsia X to Make East Asian Debut, Soon

Indonesia AirAsia X to Make East Asian Debut, Soon

Indonesia AirAsia X, the local branch of Malaysian budget Airline AirAsia X, based in Denpasar, Bali, has announced that it will venture into the East Asian market with flights to Tokyo Narita, Japan, due to commence later on in the second quarter of this year. 

According to a press release, 4x weekly flights from Denpasar to the Tokyo gateway will commence on May 24 using A330-300 wide body aircraft.

The announcement came after the AirAsia, based in Kuala Lumpur International, unit secured regulatory approval from the Indonesian Ministry of Transportation and Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport, and Tourism earlier this month.

Image: AirAsia X Indonesia
Image: AirAsia X Indonesia

"We would like to thank both the Japanese and Indonesian ministries, and all other relevant authorities for their support. The launching of this direct flight will contribute to the economies of both countries," AirAsia Indonesia president director Dendy Kurniawan said in a statement on Tuesday (21/03).

This route will be served with A330-300s with the capacity of 377 seats, including 12 award-winning Premium Flatbed for low-cost aircraft carrier.

"Japan currently ranks third on the list of foreign tourists visiting Bali; we also see a constant growth every year," Indonesia AirAsia X president director Sulistyo Hanung Nugroho said. 

In 2016, the Statistics Indonesia (BPS) recorded at least 235,009 Japanese tourists in Bali, a 3.06 percent increase from 2015.

Indonesia AirAsia X currently operates five A320-200s and two A330-300s on flights throughout Indonesia as well as to Penang, Kuala Lumpur International, and Johor Bahru in Malaysia.

Source : CH-Aviation | 4-Traders

Indah Gilang Pusparani

Indah is a researcher at Badan Perencanaan Pembangunan Penelitian dan Pengembangan Daerah Kota Cirebon (Regional Development Planning and Research Agency of Cirebon Municipality). She covers More international relations, tourism, and startups in Southeast Asia region and beyond. Indah graduated from MSc Development Administration and Planning from University College London, United Kingdom in 2015. She finished bachelor degree from International Relations from University of Indonesia in 2014, with two exchange programs in Political Science at National University of Singapore and New Media in Journalism at Ball State University, USA. She was awarded Diplomacy Award at Harvard World Model United Nations and named as Indonesian Gifted Researcher by Australian National University. She is Researcher at Regional Planning Board in Cirebon, West Java. She previously worked as Editor in Bening Communication, the Commonwealth Parliament Association UK, and diplomacy consulting firm Best Delegate LLC in USA. Less
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