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AirAsia X
IATA
D7
ICAO
XAX
Callsign
XANADU
Founded 2007
Hubs Kuala Lumpur International Airport
Fleet size 8 (+30 Orders)
Destinations 12
Company slogan Now Everyone Can Fly Xtra Long
Headquarters Sepang, Selangor
Key people Tony Fernandes, Sir Richard Branson, Azran Osman Rani
Website http://www.airasia.com

AirAsia X, is a long haul budget airline operated by AirAsia X Sdn. Bhd. (previously known as FlyAsianXpress Sdn. Bhd.) [1]. Its first service commenced on 2 November 2007 to Gold Coast, Australia from its base Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

AirAsia X franchises the brand name of AirAsia, Asia's largest low cost carrier, which uses a common ticketing website, livery, uniforms, and management style with AirAsia.[2]

AirAsia X is also affiliated with Virgin Group[3] and Air Canada.

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History

On 17 May 2007, Tony Fernandes announced plans to commence flights from Malaysia to Australia. Fernandes has said he will be avoiding Sydney Airport due to its high fees, instead concentrating on cheaper alternatives such as Melbourne's Avalon Airport, Newcastle and Adelaide. Sustained fares were predicted to be around MYR 800 (AUD 285) return plus taxes.[4] Interest was also expressed of Gold Coast as another Australian destination.[5]

Several major developments were announced on 10 August 2007. AirAsia X announced its first route from Kuala Lumpur to the Gold Coast. One way fares for this route have been touted to begin at MYR 50 (AUD 17) excluding taxes and charges, with average return prices to be approximately MYR 1,800 (AUD 598), inclusive of taxes and charges.[6]

The airline also announced that Sir Richard Branson of the Virgin Group will take a 20% share in the airline to help kick-start its long haul operations and to finance aircraft purchases. [7][8] Branson also forecast a strong possibility of formal links between Virgin Blue and AirAsia X in the future, such as codesharing and frequent flyer programme.[9][10]

The first AirAsia X aircraft, arrived at KL International Airport, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on the 15 September 2007, is named "Semangat Sir Freddie" (English: "Spirit of Sir Freddie") after the pioneer and founder of the low cost model, the late Sir Freddie Laker of Skytrain in Europe. [11]

Current CEO of AirAsia X is Azran Osman Rani.

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FlyAsianXpress

FlyAsianXpress (FAX) was an airline based in Miri, Sarawak, Malaysia. It operated services on some of the smaller routes dropped by national carrier Malaysia Airlines. Its routes has been taken over by MASwings as FAX concentrates on AirAsia X.

FAX was privately owned by Kamarudin Meranun, Raja Razali,Raja Azmi and Tony Fernandes. The airline was subcontracted by AirAsia to operate several domestic services following the withdrawal of Malaysia Airlines from Rural Air Service routes within East Malaysia. Its maiden flight was on 1 August 2006, despite being delayed for 50 minutes by bad weather[12]. FAX was not a low cost carrier[13] but it incorporated some of AirAsia’s practices in order to reduce cost namely, internet and phone booking, as well as ticketless check-in system.

Within days of operation it was subject to a flood of criticisms from commuters, civil servants, and people working in the tourism industry, with critics arguing that the new turboprop service provided by FAX should not be more expensive than the Rural Air Service previously operated by Malaysia Airlines, given that FAX is subsidised by the Malaysian government. As well as this, poor services such as sudden flight cancellation without notice has also frustrated passengers [14]. The CEO of Sarawak Tourism Board also stated that disruptions to cargo supply flights to the interior caused tourists to [15] take their own food rations, rather than rely upon the air cargo supplies of food and fuel [16]. FAX released a new flight timetable citing the sudden need for heavy maintenance on its Fokker 50 fleet as the trigger for severe disruptions to its schedules.

On 11 April 2007, Chief Executive Officer of AirAsia, the parent company of FAX, Tony Fernandes disclosed the offer to the public on the hand over of FAX's rural routes to Firefly, the subsidiary airline of Malaysia Airlines. He described it as "the logical thing to do" as Firefly can be the only national company operating turbo-prop aircraft.[17] On 26 April 2007, the government has announced for Malaysia Airlines to take over the operation of rural air services from FAX and gave assurance that any loss will be born by government. [18] Malaysia Airlines announced the taking over of FlyAsianXpress destinations beginning 1 October 2007 through a new subsidiary, MASwings.

With FlyAsianXpress rural air services replaced by MASwings, the corporate name was changed from FlyAsianXpress Sdn. Bhd. to AirAsia X Sdn. Bhd.[19]

Shareholders

The entrance of two new major investors has given the company more financial aids for the expansion plan.

As of 14 February 2008, AirAsia X is 48%-owned by Aero Ventures (a venture of Tony Fernandes and other prominent Malaysians and Air Canada's Robert Milton), followed by 16% Virgin Group and 16%-owned by AirAsia. Bahrain-based Manara Consortium and Japan-based Orix Corp have taken a total 20 percent stake in long haul low-cost carrier AirAsia X Sdn Bhd for RM250 million.[20]

Destinations

An AirAsia X Airbus A330-300 taxiing at Melbourne Airport
AirAsia X Airbus A340-300 approaching London Stansted Airport

Future expansion

AirAsia X has also secured rights to land in Korea and West Asia.[25] Future expansion of the airline is planned to include destinations in India (Bangalore, Trivandrum, Chennai, Cochin[26] New Delhi, Mumbai and Amritsar), the Middle East and Europe.[27] The Malaysian government has reportedly given AirAsia X rights to 36 international destinations.[27]

Air Asia X is planning to setup a "virtual hub" in the Middle East, potentially in Abu Dhabi.[28][29] This new hub will focus on cities in Europe, Africa and the Middle East.[30] This comes as AirAsia X fears that the new Low-Cost Carrier Terminal might not be ready by 2011 as there is no sign of any construction work or even groundbreaking of the new LCCT. The existing LCCT will not be able to cope as there won't be enough parking bays as AirAsia X is poised to take delivery of 12 more A330 by 2011. If the fear were true, it would be another blow to AirAsia and AirAsia X expansion plans. This comes just days after the Malaysian government denied AirAsia X the rights to fly into Sydney and Seoul.[31] There is also discussion of destinations in Spain, Turkey, Morocco, and Czech Republic from the planned Abu Dhabi hub.[32] The airline's CEO announced that Abu Dhabi will become AirAsia X's Middle East hub[29]. Potential destinations from Abu Dhabi include Frankfurt, Cairo and Nairobi.[33] However, the airline ended service to Abu Dhabi due to "commercial reasons" on February 21, 2010[34].

There are also plans to fly to Xi'an, Wuhan and Shenyang in China. They have also applied to fly to New York.[30]

Seating expansion

On January 2010, Air Asia X chief announced that all its A330/A340 longhaul seats will be refurbished, with the first aircraft to be completed in early February, and the remaining in June 2010. Air Asia X CEO Azran Osman-Rani said that fares for premium classes will soar with the introduction of lie flat beds (but still comparable to prices of an economy class of a premium carrier), but prices for economy class will remain unchanged. This expansion comes at a cost of reportedly US$10 million [35]

Fleet

The AirAsia X fleet consists of the following aircraft as of 20 January 2010:

AirAsia X Fleet
Aircraft In fleet Orders Options Passengers
(Premium/Economy)
Routes Notes
Airbus A330-300 6 20 0 383 (28/355)
377 (12/65)
Asia, Oceania One leased from AWAS
All are 9 abreast in economy & fitted with IFE
All A330 will reconfiguration to seat (12/371), subject to complete the changes by 30 June.[36]
Airbus A340-300 2 0 0 286 (30/256)
336 (18/318) (new configuration, biz class mid section)
Europe, Oceania Leased from Orix Aviation
Airbus A350-900 0 10 5 > 400 (-/-) Europe, North America, Oceania Entry in service 2016[37]
Total 8 30 5

On 14 May 2007, AirAsia confirmed that it had ordered 15 Airbus A330-300 aircraft, 5 more than originally announced. The aircraft are scheduled for delivery from the fourth quarter of 2008.[38] On 27 March 2008, AirAsia signed a firm contract for another 10 Airbus A330-300s bringing the airline's total order to 25. [39] AirAsia X received its first A330 on October 31, 2008 in Toulouse, France.[40]

References

  1. ^ AirAsia gets FIC nod for RCPS subscription
  2. ^ "X-citing deal for air travellers". The Star. 2007-01-06. http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2007/1/6/nation/16493788&sec=nation. The Airline will be operating "incredibly" cheap prices to and from Asia to the East Coast of Australia
  3. ^ "AirAsia X en route". smh.com. 2007-09-18. http://www.smh.com.au/news/xchange/primary-must-be-keen-to-stay-in/2007/09/18/1189881511562.html?page=2. 
  4. ^ "Cut-price airlines landing like flies". Sydney Morning Herald. 2007-05-18. http://www.smh.com.au/news/travel/cutprice-airlines-landing-like-flies/2007/05/17/1178995366002.html. 
  5. ^ "Jetstar terminates Melbourne-Hawaii route". 2007-08-08. http://www.etravelblackboard.com/index.asp?id=67743&nav=2. 
  6. ^ "Fly from Australia to Malaysia for $A31". http://www.theage.com.au/news/WORLD/Fly-from-Australia-to-Malaysia-for-A31/2007/08/10/1186530606476.html. 
  7. ^ "AirAsia to fly to Victoria, Queensland". News Limited. 2007-08-10. http://www.news.com.au/business/story/0,23636,22222403-31037,00.html. 
  8. ^ "Branson to take 20 per cent stake in AirAsia". The Age. 2007-08-07. http://www.theage.com.au/news/news/branson-to-take-20-per-cent-stake-in-airasia/2007/08/07/1186252685416.html. 
  9. ^ Daniel Breen. "Billionaire Branson and AirAsia X move into Avalon". The Geelong Advertiser. http://www.geelongadvertiser.com.au/article/2007/08/11/6061_news.html. 
  10. ^ "Aussies offered $31 flights to Malaysia". Herald Sun. http://www.news.com.au/heraldsun/story/0,21985,22223960-5005961,00.html. 
  11. ^ Welcome to AirAsia.com...now everyone can fly
  12. ^ "A smooth debut for FAX". Daily Express (Kota Kinabalu). 2006-08-02. http://www.dailyexpress.com.my/news.cfm?NewsID=43531. 
  13. ^ "About FAX, FAX Told". FlyAsianXpress.com. http://www.flyasianxpress.com/site/en/fax/page.jsp?reference=faxabout. 
  14. ^ "Commuters express disappointment over rural air services offered by FAX". Borneo Bulletin. 2006-08-11. http://www.cuti.com.my/news.php?op=show_article&aid=1234. 
  15. ^ Bario
  16. ^ "Be Sensitive To Rural People's Needs, FAX Told". Bernama. 2006-08-25. http://www.bernama.com.my/bernama/v3/news.php?id=216171. 
  17. ^ FAX: Let Firefly take over
  18. ^ Rural services back to MAS
  19. ^ The Brunei Times
  20. ^ "AirAsia X Chooses Manara & Orix As New Investors". 2008-02-14. http://www.bernama.com.my/bernama/v3/news_business.php?id=313785. 
  21. ^ AirAsia website
  22. ^ More flights and shipping routes with China
  23. ^ http://www.airasia.com/nl/nl100127_my.htm
  24. ^ http://www.airasia.com/site/my/en/promotion.jsp?reference=tpe2009
  25. ^ "Virgin Group Takes 20 Pct Stake In AirAsia X". Bernama. http://bernama.com.my/bernama/v3/news_business.php?id=278631. 
  26. ^ http://www.mysinchew.com/node/26796
  27. ^ a b "AirAsia X to order up to 15 A330-300". Luchtzak.be. 2007-04-24. http://www.luchtzak.be/article14078.html. 
  28. ^ http://biz.thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2009/7/29/business/4408930&sec=business
  29. ^ a b http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/corporatenews/view/446087/1/.html
  30. ^ a b http://biz.thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2009/7/30/business/4415816&sec=business
  31. ^ http://www.btimes.com.my/Current_News/BTIMES/articles/azrasia/Article/
  32. ^ http://news.holidayhypermarket.co.uk/New-Hub-Will-Expand-AirAsia-X%E2%80%99s-Network-in-Middle-East-47314413941.html
  33. ^ http://www.khaleejtimes.com/biz/inside.asp?xfile=/data/business/2009/August/business_August97.xml&section=business
  34. ^ http://www.arabianbusiness.com/580424-air-asia-x-to-end-its-abu-dhabi-service
  35. ^ http://www.theborneopost.com/?p=5810
  36. ^ http://www.bernama.com/bernama/v5/newsindex.php?id=469385
  37. ^ http://www.airbus.com/en/presscentre/pressreleases/pressreleases_items/09_06_16_a350xwb_airasiax.html
  38. ^ AirAsia confirms 15 Airbus A330-300 deal
  39. ^ AirAsia X Orders 10 Additional Airbus A330 Aircraft
  40. ^ Yvonne Tan (2008-11-01). "AirAsia X takes delivery of first Airbus A330". The Star. http://biz.thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2008/11/1/business/2428629&sec=business. 

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