19 February 2015
Kuala Lumpur based long-haul low-cost carrier (LCC) AirAsia X has opened its sixth destination in China with a new 4X-weekly service to Chongqing, one of China’s top second-tier cities.
With a population of some 29 million—and a thriving heavy industry sector based on automotive, aviation, iron, steel and aluminum production—the city has a growing business and tourism sector.
The new route will see AirAsia X using its fleet of Airbus A330-300s flying direct to Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 (klia2) at Sepang, Malaysia.
The route is the first new schedule since a management shakeup displaced previous CEO Azman Osman-Rani, and saw Benyamin Ismail replace him with a mandate to “strengthen of the balance sheet and [concentrate on] the maximization of profitability.”
Ismail said the new route should enable Air Asia X to strengthen its presence in China and boost passenger traffic growth with links into its parent ASEAN network through AirAsia and its subsidiaries.
AirAsia X’s existing China network serves Beijing, Chengdu, Hangzhou, Shanghai and Xi’an into klia2.
Original Source: atwonline.com