AirAsia X: Hawaii In, Mauritius Out

Low-cost, long-haul Malaysian carrier AirAsia X- a subsidiary of AirAsia Group in Malaysia- will finally launched its much expected flights to the United States. The route will link Kuala Lumpur to Honolulu in Hawaii via Osaka in Japan.

The maiden U.S. service will have an introductory one-way fare starting at $99 from Honolulu to Osaka and $149 for continuing service to Kuala Lumpur. The return leg from Osaka to Honolulu is an introductory $162.36 while flying from Kuala Lumper to Honolulu, with a layover in Osaka, is $198.02 one way. Round trips would be as low as $261.36 and $347.02, respectively. The price will be 50% cheaper than the lowest round-trip prices of the competition on Hawaii-Japan while it will be the first ever route from Kuala Lumpur to Honolulu.

The route is due to be served four times a week beginning June 28. Guests transiting in Osaka do not require a Japanese visa during the two-hour stopover, and can return to their seats on the flight after clearing security with any carry-on luggage or belongings.

“This is the game-changing route we have all been waiting for,” Datuk Kamarudin Meranun, AirAsia X Group CEO, said today in a statement. “By connecting the U.S to North Asia and Asean with our world-class low fares offering, we will make it possible for those in the Pacific to explore Asia through our wide network.” AirAsia X will use 377-seat Airbus A330-300 aircraft offering its premium economy and economy class.

While Honolulu opens the USA -and America- to the Malaysian carrier, Africa will however disappear from AirAsia X timetable.

According to the website Routes Online, schedules database over the carrier shows that AirAsia X does not take anymore bookings for the Kuala Lumpur-Mauritius route for travel on or after 26 March 2017. The route is currently operated three times a week using a 377-seat Airbus A330 aircraft. AirAsia X launched the route with much emphasis in October 2016, as Mauritius become the airline’s first ever destination in Africa. The route has been only flown for six months, a short-lived story…

AirAsia X serves 22 cities in Asia, Australia, New Zealand and the Middle East with a fleet of 30 A330s.