AirAsia X launches sale fare tickets for KL-Shanghai route

BEIJING - Launch fares for AirAsia X's new Kuala Lumpur-Shanghai direct flight opens for booking today and will be offered till Sunday.

The fares, from as low as RM199 (S$79) for a one-way journey on the economy class and from RM799 on premium flatbeds are available online (www.airasia.com).

The offer is for travel between Feb 19 and Sept 30, 2013.

The new KL-Shanghai flight, which commences on Feb 19, is the latest addition to the existing 11 direct outbound routes operated by AirAsia X from KL to mainland China.

AirAsia X chief executive officer Azran Osman Rani said the airline expected strong demand for the new six-weekly flights with more passengers taking the opportunity to visit Malaysia and also using the carrier as a gateway to other destinations across the region.

“Five months since we launched our first flight into Beijing, AirAsia is spreading its wings further into the country with the announcement of this service to Shanghai, one of the world's largest cities by population,” he said during a ceremony in Shanghai yesterday.

AirAsia China office public relations executive Regina He said AirAsia X would retain the KL-Hangzhou flight although Hangzhou, the capital of Zhejiang province, was easily accessible by high-speed train from Shanghai.

“We believe that both the KL-Hangzhou and KL-Shanghai routes serve different groups of passengers.

The former meets the demand of passengers from surrounding cities in Zhejiang and south of Shanghai while the latter serves other cities in Jiangsu province north of Shanghai,” she said.

The KL-Shanghai route will be operated on the Airbus A330-300 aircraft with a configuration of 12 premium flatbed seats and 365 economy class seats.

The airline plans to increase its frequency between KLIA-LCCT and Shanghai Pudong International Airport, to daily services from May 1.

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