(01 Feb 2022)
AirAsia X (AAX) has unveiled plans to resume
flights between Kuala Lumpur and Sydney on 14 February.
Flights will initially be operated weekly on
Mondays from Kuala Lumpur to Sydney, returning on Tuesdays.
Flight D7 228 is scheduled to depart from Kuala
Lumpur at 19:25, arriving in Sydney at 06:30.
The return leg, flight D7 229, is slated to leave
Sydney at 08:30 and arrive back in Kuala Lumpur at 14:15.
Wingtip of an AirAsia X A330. Picture by Steven Howard of TravelNewsAsia.com
“Following our travel downtime over the last two
years, and the recent completion of our restructuring process, we
are thrilled to be able to relaunch and commence our gradual
return to the skies. This would not have been possible without the
overwhelming support from our guests and creditors and we thank
them for their patience and understanding,” said Benyamin Ismail,
CEO of AirAsia X. “Without any domestic routes AAX has been
significantly affected by the pandemic. We now see light at the
end of this long tunnel and we are working hard to operate again
in all of our key markets, as one of the world’s leading low cost
medium haul operators. Starting with flights to and from Sydney,
we will progressively continue to honour outstanding bookings and
Credit Accounts for our guests and creditors in other markets as
soon as possible.”
The airline has confirmed that it will prioritise full redemptions
for customers affected by the restructuring. AAX customers can
reinstate their flight booking and utilise their credit account to
book the flights.
Captain Suresh Kumar Bangah, COO of AirAsia X, said,
“We have been very active on all cargo flights throughout the
pandemic and this has been a lifeline for us. For the first time,
we are adding on passengers to supplement cargo revenue in our
push to be a major combination carrier in this part of the world.
Whilst take up will be gradual, it can only get better in the
coming months as more people return to the skies. We are ready for
that pent up demand.”
Fully vaccinated Australian citizens, permanent
residents, international students and eligible visa holders can
travel to and from Australia without applying for a travel