AirAsia Group CEO Tony Fernandes stated (21-Jul-2011) with AirAsia Japan operating out of Tokyo Narita International Airport, it would be odd if AirAsia X did not operate there in the future. The carrier operates to Tokyo Haneda at present.
AirAsia X likely to operate out of Narita upon AirAsia Japan launch
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