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AirAsia X celebrates relaunch of direct Xi’an-Kuala Lumpur route

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(Second from Left to Right) Consul General of Malaysia to Xi’an, Mr Lum Wan Liang, Chairman of AirAsia X, Dato Fam Lee Eee and CEO of AirAsia X, Benyamin Ismail today celebrated the airline’s inauguration of Xi’an-Kuala Lumpur route in Xi’an, China.

AirAsia X resumes its popular Xi’an-Kuala Lumpur route, reinforcing Malaysia-China ties and boosting regional tourism and trade.

XI’AN, CHINA – AirAsia X (AAX) officially commemorated the resumption of its Xi’an-Kuala Lumpur route with flight D7 347 taking off on 5 April 2024. Xi’an is the airline’s fifth direct route to China, designating AAX as the sole airline connecting the capital of Shaanxi Province in China to Malaysia’s capital city.

Xi’an holds an important position within the AAX network in China. Since its first launch in 2014, AAX has flown more than a million guests on the popular route, underscoring its significance for the airline’s expansion in the region. Since relaunching the route earlier this month, AAX has sold almost 7,000 seats both ways. Almost all flights between Xi’an and Kuala Lumpur have had more than an 80 percent passenger load since its inauguration, and the airline anticipates continuously growing demand for this route to achieve 10,000 seat sales in the coming months.

As the largest foreign low-cost airline group in China, AirAsia is always committed to enhancing connectivity between Malaysia and China. With the addition of three flights weekly to Xi’an, AAX will be operating 37 flights weekly with a total of six routes to China.

Consul General of Malaysia to Xi’an, Mr. Lum Wan Liang said: “The resumption of services by AAX for the Xi’an-Kuala Lumpur route marks a significant success not only for the airline but more importantly for Malaysia-China relations. This achievement represents an important milestone for both nations, especially as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of Malaysia-China diplomatic relations this year. The resumption of services will act as a catalyst to boost tourism and trade opportunities, in addition to supporting the government’s visa-free initiatives. On top of that, this will also further support the Malaysian government’s target of welcoming five million tourists from China this year.”

AirAsia X CEO, Benyamin Ismail said: “This renewed connection not only allows travellers from China and Malaysia to explore bustling cities but also demonstrates our commitment to growing in the Chinese market. The success of our inaugural flight from Kuala Lumpur this month with a 100 percent passenger load reflects a strong testament to our dedication and the demand for the route. As we anticipate further expansion of our footprint in China, we believe resuming operations will not only strengthen our market presence but also foster deeper ties between our two nations. Currently, AAX operates six direct flights to China, following the recent relaunch of the Changsha route last week. We look forward to flying more travellers from China to Malaysia and vice versa this year.”

Deputy General Manager of China West Airport Group, Mr. Tang Tao commented: “As one of the top airline brands, AirAsia plays a pivotal role as a key partner of West Airport Group and Xi’an Airport. The relaunch of the Xi’an-Kuala Lumpur route showcases our strong partnership, with China West Airport Group committed to deepening cooperation, ensuring top-notch service, and offering full support for AirAsia’s growth in the Shaanxi province. Together, we will look forward to advancing the development of Xi’an’s international aviation hub.”

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