Posted on: 10 December 2010 by Ross McSweeny
AirAsia X has folown its first service from Kuala Lumpur to Tokyo Haneda International, recording a 95% passenger load on the Airbus A330.
AirAsia X chairman Dato’ Kamarudin Meranun commented, “Japan is crucial to AirAsia’s expansion plan towards becoming a major player in connecting the greater Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) region to East Asia. Malaysia is set to contribute towards enhancing bilateral ties between ASEAN and Tokyo, Japan. The Kuala Lumpur–Tokyo route will not only benefit tourism, but also further enhance business and economic ties between the region and Japan.”
Azran Osman-Rani, chief executive officer, AirAsia X, added, “The airline is thrilled to have successfully expanded its growing network to Japan. Demand has been incredibly strong considering how new we are in the market and our strong forward passenger loads indicate a lot of pent up demand for the route. We look forward to be allowed to fly more regularly to Tokyo from three times weekly to daily flights to provide more convenience and choice to our guests. We anticipate over 80% passenger load within the first year of our operations and look forward to hitting the new untapped markets in Tokyo and its surrounding regions to fly to Malaysia and South East Asia and beyond.”
Photo shows, from left to right, H.E Dato Shaharuddin Mohd Som, Ambassador to Malaysia in Tokyo; Dato Kamarudin Meranun, chairman of AirAsia X; Azran Osman-Rani, CEO of AirAsia X; and Haruhiko Shimoda; president and CEO of Tokyo International Air Terminal Corporation flanked by AirAsia X cabin crew and Japanese drummers at the inaugural launch ceremony.