AirAsia X confirmed (14-Oct-2013) Thai AirAsia X received approval from the Thailand Ministry of Transport for an air operator licence on 08-Oct-2013. The final approval of the air operators certificate is expected by end of 2013, after which the carrier will be able to commence operations. AirAsia X CEO Azran Osman-Rani stated Thai AirAsia X will build its base at Bangkok Don Mueang Airport and will focus on long-haul destinations in North Asia and Australia. [more - original PR]
AirAsia X: “The establishment of our affiliate in Thailand is the beginning of AirAsia X’s strategic multi-hub plan, in line with the regional expansion of the AirAsia Group. The combination of multiple hubs and having both short-haul and long-haul networks is a strategic advantage over other competitors. The Thai hub also gives AirAsia X an additional growth platform beyond its current base in Kuala Lumpur. The hub in Bangkok can also increase connectivity options for travelers wanting to experience both Thailand and Malaysia, to arrive at one hub, and depart from the other.” Azran Osman-Rani, CEO of AirAsia. Source: Company statement, 14-Oct-2013.