Air Asia is deploying its Airbus A330 aircraft between Singapore Changi and Kuala Lumpur International.
AirAisa X Flatbed seat – yours for the taking on a 1-hour leg between Singapore and Kuala Lumpur – Image, Air Asia.
The deployment begins on the 10th November, with a twice-daily rotation between the two cities. Planned operations is as follows:
D7672 DEPART KUL 08:00 ARRIVE SIN 09:05 D7678 DEPART KUL 12:40 ARRIVE SIN 13:40 D7673 DEPART SIN 10:05 ARRIVE KUL 11:10 D7679 DEPART SIN 14:40 ARRIVE KUL 15:45 Commences 10th November 2019 Operated by AirAsia X Booked Equipment: AirAsia Airbus A330 Data: AirAsia.
Lead-in fares vary with fares starting at SGD51. For those who feel the need for a flat-bed for an hour or so flight, prices started at SGD169 for BIG members and SGD171 for non-members (although this does come with a 40kg included luggage allowance – which some might find will offset the cost of the trip… and of course, on-board catering ).
AirAsia Regional Commercial Head, Amanda Woo said:
“We are very excited about the commencement of flight services using our fleet of wide-body aircraft Airbus A330 in response to the increased demand for Kuala Lumpur bound, all thanks to the constant support of our passengers. Ahead of the Visit Malaysia Year in 2020, we hope to be able to contribute and help to promote Malaysia tourism with our value fares. Guests can also look forward to trying out our award-winning premium flatbed and other perks at attractive prices.”
377 passengers a time – adding to a lot of passenger per day…
With the possibility to load up to 377 passengers a time, this is a fair bit of uplift by AirAsia from the usual 180-seater Airbus A320 or 186 Airbus A320neo the airline operates.
With the airline flying over 1 million passengers on the Singapore -Kuala Lumpur route, the airline feels there’s still more room to add another 400 seats a day in both directions.
Indeed, the airline operates 11 flights a day currently – before the uplift. That’s 1980 seats per day offered in each direction. This will boost it to nearly 2380 seats a day.
Combine that with Malaysia Airlines nine flights a day which has 1494 seats (excluding the turboprop flights – which add an additional five flights a day with 360 seats), there is a lot of capacity floating in the Singapore – Kuala Lumpur route – with up to 4,234 aviation seats a day.
And that before including any rail and coach travel options.
It’ll be interesting to see if Malaysia Airlines adds capacity, or if AirAsia scales back eventually – because there are an awful lot of seats to fill…
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