Malaysia's AirAsia X starts Sydney-KL flights April 2

Malaysia's AirAsia X starts Sydney-KL flights April 2

AirAsia X is will begin daily flights from Sydney to Kuala Lumpur on April 2nd, giving business travellers to Malaysia an alternative to national flag-carrier MAS.

The low-cost airline's daily service from Sydney (D7-223) will depart at 10.55am and arrive into Kuala Lumpur at 5.25pm; the return red-eye (flight D7-222) will leave KL at 11.45pm for wheels down into Sydney at 9.45am the next day.

(The first KL-Sydney flight will depart Kuala Lumpur on April 1st.)

The service will run on an Airbus A330 with a 'Premium' business class cabin of 12 seats which convert into an inclined or sloping flat-bed (as opposed to a 'lie-flat' bed which collapses into a fully horizontal position).

(Compare angled lie-flat seats with the fully flat beds offered on some routes with our guide to business class seats and beds.)

But with 20 inch seat width, 60 inches of pitch (and a 77 inch length when fully reclined), laptop power and all the other usual niceties, matched to the KL-based challenger's keen prices, it could prove a compelling alternative to Malaysia Airlines...

One caveat is that travellers will arrive at Kuala Lumpur's drab Low Cost Carrier Terminal, which is almost a 'second airport' without any integration into KLIA.

Another is that, with AirAsia X dropping flights from KL to London (and Paris) from the end of March, we'll miss out on a cost-effective KL version of the Kangaroo Route.

AirAsia X is offering one-way introductory fares of $499 for Premium Class (and $99 for Economy), on sale from 2pm EST today at AirAsia.com.

John Walton

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Aviation journalist and travel columnist John took his first long-haul flight when he was eight weeks old and hasn't looked back since. Well, except when facing rearwards in business class.
 

15 Comments

  • AusFlyer

    AusFlyer

    13 Jan, 2012 01:21 pm

    So unfortunately with their withdrawal from London... One of the biggest drawcards to fly with them is disappearing (cheaper alternative to get to London). So it will be interesting to see how well they do with just passenger demand to KL.

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  • Al Glidden

    Al Glidden

    13 Jan, 2012 04:41 pm

    +1 for an alternative for SYD-KL, right now we only have MAS.

    -1 for dropping London, as AusFlyer says. I'd love to see the Kangaroo Route via KL for a lot less than QF charges (and maybe MAS for that matter?).

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  • John Walton

    John Walton

    14 Jan, 2012 06:52 pm

    Yes, "cheap Kangaroo Route" is what's missing, and was the problem with AirAsia X: the connection via Kuala Lumpur's shedlike low cost carrier terminal. If the thing just landed, refueled, and took off again then that becomes less of an issue (and you wouldn't need ground staff there either...)

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  • mrmaxwell

    mrmaxwell

    13 Jan, 2012 10:12 pm

    Looks like Jetstar's LCC monopoly of Sydney is over...nothing like competition to bring the fares down. Anyone fancy a weekend away in KL? Phuket? Langkawi?

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  • am

    am

    14 Jan, 2012 11:10 am

    I'm not convinced this is a viable business alternative tbh...

    The service is bare (single meal, which is just the hot part of a QF Y meal) and a single drink, plus a bottle of water, are provided from memory. They'll give you a blanket, but I think headphones are by sale only...

    Add to that the fact that arrival/departure times are likely to be less than optimal... But still another great option, and one I'd certainly consider travelling for leisure. The bed is the big drawcard, especially compared with JQ.

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  • John Walton

    John Walton

    14 Jan, 2012 06:53 pm

    Right, but you used to be able to grab AirAsia X Premium for about the same price as Qantas Premium Economy. I'll pack some sandwiches and cereal bars in exchange for a lie-flat for the same price, even if it does cost me the frequent flyer points!

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  • swan2281

    swan2281

    14 Jan, 2012 02:25 pm

    This is a great idea. I love traveling to Malaysia and this will help having a low-cost carrier fly direct from Sydney as my options are limited to flying to Melbourne or the Gold Coast first which makes it more expensive, so I give up and just fly MAS.

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  • sagidec

    sagidec

    17 Jan, 2012 08:58 am

    Great that they're coming. Sad that we can't go to Europe for a fraction of the price anymore. KL is great but I've lived there for years, hence, I would prefer to travel to Europe instead.

    Sydney-siders have missed out on low cost ultra long-haul flights.

    When Jetstar had Sydney-KL back in 2007-2008, the flight was not at optimal capacity since it was pretty much the end when it arrived KL. Stopped at main KLIA though instead of the shed. Malaysia is not as popular compared to Bali nor Thailand.

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  • Al Glidden

    Al Glidden

    17 Jan, 2012 02:44 pm

    Amazing fares but let's see what they are like once these 'specials' vanish, which they will do very quickly I'm sure! Still as long as they are competitive against MAS, they should do very well.

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  • sagidec

    sagidec

    17 Jan, 2012 09:08 pm

    Scored myself an Easter weekend trip to KL for  AUD 99 one way. Sounds a bit farfetched with for long flight and short weekend. Apparently I hear business travellers do that all the time :)

    There are so many more places to visit in Malaysia other than the aforementioned. Malacca, Pulau Perhentian Kecil, Redang Island, Pangkor Island, Kota Kinabalu, Kuching, Tioman Island, ... places most tourists do not know. Eat your heart out with the awesome food selection for cheap.

    Failed plan of Jetstar back then was no onward connection from KL after compared to the wide Asian network of AirAsia. Imagine Jetstar making a comeback to the Sydney - KL route, that would really spruce things up.

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  • sagidec

    sagidec

    17 Jan, 2012 09:11 pm

    Scored myself an Easter weekend trip to KL for  AUD 99 one way. Sounds a bit farfetched with for long flight and short weekend. Apparently I hear business travellers do that all the time :)

    There are so many more places to visit in Malaysia other than the aforementioned. Malacca, Pulau Perhentian Kecil, Redang Island, Pangkor Island, Kota Kinabalu, Kuching, Tioman Island, ... places most tourists do not know. Eat your heart out with the awesome food selection for cheap.

    Failed plan of Jetstar back then was no onward connection from KL after compared to the wide Asian network of AirAsia. Imagine Jetstar making a comeback to the Sydney - KL route, that would really spruce things up.

    No member give thanks

  • sagidec

    sagidec

    17 Jan, 2012 09:11 pm

    Scored myself an Easter weekend trip to KL for  AUD 99 one way. Sounds a bit farfetched with for long flight and short weekend. Apparently I hear business travellers do that all the time :)

    There are so many more places to visit in Malaysia other than the aforementioned. Malacca, Pulau Perhentian Kecil, Redang Island, Pangkor Island, Kota Kinabalu, Kuching, Tioman Island, ... places most tourists do not know. Eat your heart out with the awesome food selection for cheap.

    Failed plan of Jetstar back then was no onward connection from KL after compared to the wide Asian network of AirAsia. Imagine Jetstar making a comeback to the Sydney - KL route, that would really spruce things up.

    No member give thanks

  • sagidec

    sagidec

    17 Jan, 2012 09:14 pm

    Scored myself an Easter weekend trip to KL for  AUD 99 one way. Sounds a bit farfetched with for long flight and short weekend. Apparently I hear business travellers do that all the time :)

    There are so many more places to visit in Malaysia other than the aforementioned. Malacca, Pulau Perhentian Kecil, Redang Island, Pangkor Island, Kota Kinabalu, Kuching, Tioman Island, ... places most tourists do not know. Eat your heart out with the awesome food selection for cheap.

    Failed plan of Jetstar back then was no onward connection from KL after compared to the wide Asian network of AirAsia. Imagine Jetstar making a comeback to the Sydney - KL route, that would really spruce things up.

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  • willb2107

    willb2107

    18 Jan, 2012 09:55 am

    This is still great news, but unfortunately, yes; getting to AMS, CDG or LHR is slightly more expensive.

    However, in December (!) I can get $1286 return trip SYD-KUL (AirAsia)-AMS-CDG (KLM) AMS-KUL (KLM - no CDG-AMS) KUL-SYD (Airasia)

    So in total SYD-KUL-AMS-CDG, AMS-KUL-SYD for $1286 and connections are 4 hours at KUL both times. Fantastic. Otherwise, I would end up paying truckloads for Syd-kul.

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  • babychui

    babychui

    18 Jan, 2012 10:31 am

    the AUD99 promo fare sold out. sigh. wonder it will extend the promo.

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