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Shanghai, AirAsia X next target

AirAsia just received last week the confirmation for a new flight to Shanghai from Kuala Lumpur. It will start flying to Pudong International Airport from February 19, 2013.

SHANGHAI- AirAsia X, the long-haul, low fare airline affiliate of the AirAsia Group is expanding its network further into China with the introduction of direct flights to Shanghai from Kuala Lumpur. From February 19, 2013, AirAsia X will commence six weekly flights from its hub in Kuala Lumpur to Shanghai Pudong International Airport, offering direct access to the city. AirAsia X will further increase its flight frequency to Shanghai from 1st May, 2013 by flying on a daily basis to the Chinese metropolis.

The new service was officially announced last Thursday in Shanghai by AirAsia X’s Chief Executive Officer, Azran Osman-Rani at the Mansion Hotel. Also present were tourism officials, business partners and members of the media. To celebrate this achievement, AirAsia X  offered launch fares to Shanghai from Kuala Lumpur from as low as MYR199* (CNY515)* one way in Economy class. The launch fares were only available over last week end. Also on offer is AirAsiaGo’s package of 4 Days,3 Nights stay which includes flight + hotel packages in Shanghai.
 
Azran Osman-Rani, Chief Executive Officer, AirAsia X said, “Barely five months since we launched our first flight into the heart of China-Beijing, AirAsia X is spreading our wings further into the People’s Republic of China, with the announcement of Shanghai, one of the world’s largest cities by population. Jointly as a Group (Malaysia AirAsia and AirAsia X, Thai AirAsia and Philippines AirAsia), the addition of Shanghai will be our fourteenth destination in China after Hangzhou, Beijing, Chengdu, Guilin, Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Nanning, Kunming, Wuhan, Chongqing and Xian including Hong Kong and Macau; offering our guests excellent connectivity across China.”

“With over 23 million populations in Shanghai city, we foresee strong demand for the route where guests may take the opportunity to visit Malaysia and use AirAsia X as a gateway to the many exotic and exciting destinations across the region through our strong group network. We are confident that this route will stimulate new travel demand and boost tourism and business potential of both countries.”

Guests will also be able to book Fly-thru flights from Shanghai to Australia (Sydney, Perth, Melbourne, Gold Coast), Indonesia (Medan, Surabaya, Bali, Jakarta), Thailand (Bangkok, Chiangmai, Phuket, Krabi), Vietnam (Ho Chi Minh) and Singapore. The Flu-thru service allows passengers to seamlessly purchase two flight sectors and connect via Kuala Lumpur.

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Luc Citrinot a French national is a freelance journalist and consultant in tourism and air transport with over 20 years experience. Based in Paris and Bangkok, he works for various travel and air transport trade publications in Europe and Asia.

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