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AirAsia inaugurates KL–Mumbai service

AirAsia has celebrated its inaugural flight to Mumbai from Kuala Lumpur, marking the carrier’s first foray into Western India.

AirAsia will be servicing the Kuala Lumpur–Mumbai route between KL’s Low Cost Terminal and Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport with four direct flights weekly through its low cost, long haul affiliate, AirAsia X.

The AirAsia X A330’s arrival was celebrated with a special event attended by Tony Fernandes, Group CEO of AirAsia and founder of AirAsia X, Azran Osman Rani, CEO of AirAsia X, Kathleen Tan, regional head of commercial joined by Wan Zaidi, Consulate General of Malaysia, Mumbai, Mr Manoharan, director of tourism Malaysia, Mumbai and Ms Sujata Thakur, regional director India Tourism Mumbai (Maharashtra).

“We are thrilled to start this much-awaited service to Mumbai and provide the people of this magnificent city with unrivalled low-fare flights to Kuala Lumpur, the Gateway to ASEAN and beyond,” remarked Tony Fernandes.

“At AirAsia, 2010 is fast becoming the Year of India. We started out by establishing our strong presence in the ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) region, followed by our vast expansion into China,” added Fernandes.

AirAsia says the new service to Mumbai will not only complement its aggressive growth in India but also feed more traffic into both countries. In addition to that, the service is in accordance with the Malaysian Prime Minister’s call to strengthen bilateral relations between the two countries.

Those flying on the new route can experience the carrier’s new flatbed Premium seats on the brand new A330. These seats are 20 inches wide, have 60 inch pitch and stretch out to 77 inches in full recline position. The seats feature universal power sockets, adjustable headrests and built-in personal utilities such as tray table, drink holder, reading light and privacy screen.

Photo shows (l-r) Tony Fernandes, Group CEO of AirAsia; Wan Zaidi, Consulate General of Malaysia, Mumbai; Azran Osman Rani, CEO of AirAsia X; and Kathleen Tan, regional head of commercial, AirAsia, at the press conference after arriving in Mumbai.

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