AirAsia X launches Kuala Lumpur-Chengdu service
You may also be interested in the following articles...
Bangkok Airways to pursue expansion in China and Taiwan in 2017 with new routes and partnerships
Bangkok Airways is focusing expansion in 2017 on the greater China market, with three new destinations and three new airline codeshare partners. China point of sale now accounts for 8% of revenues for Bangkok Airways – up from approximately 4% in 2015, with further large gains expected in 2017.
Bangkok Airways resumed services to mainland China in mid-2016 after a seven-year hiatus with flights from Samui to Chengdu. In Jan-2017 Chengdu is being upgraded to daily, and a daily service from Samui to Guangzhou will be launched. Samui-Chongqing is planned for later in 2017, giving Bangkok Airways three destinations in mainland China and four when Hong Kong is included.
Bangkok Airways is also planning to launch services from Samui to Taipei by the end of 2017. It already has codeshares with both of Taiwan’s main airlines – which will likely be expanded – and with Hong Kong’s Cathay Pacific, but its relationships with mainland Chinese airlines are now limited to interlines.
AirAsia X may relaunch London in 2017, potentially with ex-SriLankan A350s
Malaysia’s AirAsia X is considering the lease of A350s or 777-300ERs in 2017 to accelerate its return to Europe. A new widebody type will add cost and complexity but is necessary if the medium/long haul low cost airline is to meet its objective of relaunching London as soon as possible.
AirAsia X had been planning to wait until it receives A330-900neos before relaunching London and commencing other European routes. However the airline prefers not to wait until 2H2018, when its A330-900neo deliveries are slated to begin, and using another aircraft type in the interim mitigates the impact of a potential delay with the A330neo variant required for Kuala Lumpur-London.
AirAsia X could also use a new aircraft type – most likely A350-900s – to support new routes to the US. It plans to launch services from Japan to Hawaii in Jun-2017 using A330ceos, but also has longer-term plans for longer routes from Japan to Las Vegas, Los Angeles and San Francisco – and potentially ultra-long haul routes from Malaysia to the US.