Posted on: 10 August 2011 by Ross McSweeny
AirAsia X has announced Osaka as its second destination in Japan after Tokyo, the airline’s sixteenth destination overall to date.
Services to Kansai International Airport, Osaka, will begin on 30 November an initial four flights a week using Airbus A330-300 aircraft with a configuration of 12 premium flatbeds and 365 economy seats.
Azran Osman-Rani, chief executive officer, AirAsia X, remarked, “The Osaka service marks AirAsia X’s second foray into the Japanese market. In less than one year since the commencement of the airline’s inaugural flight to Tokyo in December 2010, we are pleased to be adding one of Japan’s commercial and economic hubs into our growing international network.”
“We estimate that more than 60% of AirAsia X passengers to and from Osaka will be first time visitors, which will contribute significantly to tourism growth, allowing AirAsia X the opportunity to open up new market segments from Osaka. With a population of more than three million, Osaka comprises the largest segment of the Keihanshin area, which also includes Kyoto, and Kobe, Nara and is Japan’s second most populous area with more than 18 million residents,” concluded Osman-Rani.