To meet demand, AirAsia is planning on utilizing a new twin aisle aircraft for their Maldives and Macau routes beginning later this month. This is a first for this short haul, low cost commercial air carrier.
The new aircraft to be used for these two popular routes is the Airbus A330. Before this new addition, the only jetliners in the AirAsia fleet were 188 Airbus A320-200 aircraft that could transport 180 passengers per flight.
The new jetliner has a seating capacity of 377 seats per flight. There are 12 seats in business class that can recline up to 180 degrees. The remaining are in economy class. This is an increase of 197 seats per flight for passengers to fill than the previous aircraft the airbus A320-200.
This new aircraft is only scheduled to fly from Kuala Lumpur to the Maldives and Macau routes from April 19th until May 18th of this year. The booking of a flight can occur anytime, but for a passenger to receive a promotional fare during this exclusive month, a flight must be booked by April 23rd of this year.
The promotional fares are $38 USD for an economy class seat on the Maldives route with the business class seat on this flight being $136 USD.
The Macau route is shorter so the cost is lower. The economy class seats are only $29 USD with the business class at $136 USD.
From May 18th forward, AirAsia has not released what routes they plan to utilize the Airbus A330 aircraft on. What has been released is information on the new routes to Bhubaneswar from Kuala Lumpur, to both Langkawi and Tawau from Johor Bahru and from Kuching to Pontianak.
The skies over Asia are filling up with happy travelers. Enjoy the sun and beaches.
Sources: AirAsia, Bernama, The Star