13 APRIL 2015
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Still mulling over whether to restart a London service Air Asia X is to introduce a Hawaii route from 1 November. It will be four times per week and, initially at any event, includes a refuelling stop at Osaka (Japan).
The Malaysian carrier said that it will operate Airbus A330-300 aircraft with 12 Premium seats and 365 in Economy.
It is the first time the no frills carrier has contemplated long haul intercontinental flights since ending flights to London and Paris in 2012 due to soaring oil prices.
With fuel costs having halved in less than a year the company reaffirmed a strategy to spread its wings to long haul destinations again and is also having discussions with a feeder airline to start service to an "exclusive" European destination, group Kamarudin Meranun, CEO of Datuk, said.
The privately-held group’s units include Tune Air (a substantial shareholder of low-cost carrier AirAsia), Tune Hotels, Tune Money, Tune Insurance, Tune Talk, Tune Box, Tune Studios, Queens Park Rangers Football Club and the Epsom College in Malaysia. www.airasia.com
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