AirAsia X plans to restart flights between Kuala Lumpur and London, almost three years after it abandoned the route – along with Paris – citing high fuel prices and airport taxes combined with weak demand.
Airline group CEO Tony Fernandes today used Twitter, one of his favourite mediums, to advise that "the reopening of KL London is definitely on the cards," adding that he plans to discuss the issue with London mayor Boris Johnson next week.
"kl london is the most wanted route for airasia x . and we will deliver it I am quite sure" (sic) Fernandes continued, also adding that AirAsia X is "exploring Hawaii as part of our growth strategy."
The Malaysian airline is one of the world's most highly-regarded low-cost carriers and is popular with business travellers on a budget thanks to the relatively low fares of its 'Premium' cabin.
AirAsia X is also a prime customer for the new Airbus A330neo, with 50 of the A330-900neo versions on order for expected delivery from 2018, on top of ten A350-900 jets due from 2016.
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