AirAsia Malaysia is set to fly to Perth, joining its sister airline AirAsia X on this popular route. This move shows how AirAsia is bouncing back from the COVID-19 crisis.

AirAsia Malaysia Expands with New Direct Flights to Perth, Almaty
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AirAsia Malaysia Adds Perth Route

AirAsia Malaysia, with the biggest fleet in the AirAsia group, will start flights to Australia in 2024. It's their first route to this country. Perth, already visited daily by AirAsia X, will now also have AirAsia Malaysia flights. From March 11, 2024, AirAsia Malaysia will add daily flights using the A321neo aircraft.

Simple Flying reported that this strategy uses two types of planes, the A321neo and the A330. It lets AirAsia offer more flights and prepare for more passengers in the future. Although AirAsia and AirAsia X are separate companies, they both contribute to the overall success of the AirAsia brand. Flying both airlines to the same place makes sense.

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From January to October this year, about 30,000 passengers flew with AirAsia from Malaysia to Perth. The main travelers were Australians, Malaysians, Indians, Chinese, and New Zealanders. AirAsia Malaysia's CEO, Riad Asmat, thinks now is a great time to grow in West Australia. He plans to add more routes soon.

The new AirAsia Malaysia flight, AK604/605, will leave Kuala Lumpur at 14:10 and reach Perth at 19:50. It goes back from Perth at 20:40 and lands in Kuala Lumpur at 02:40. AirAsia Malaysia has a large fleet, mostly Airbus planes, including 68 A320-200s and 29 A320-200neos.

With this new route, AirAsia Malaysia is expanding its reach and offering more options for travelers to and from Australia.

AirAsia Malaysia Expands into Central Asia with New Flights to Kazakhstan

AirAsia X, an affiliate of AirAsia Malaysia, is set to fly to Almaty, Kazakhstan, from March 2024. This marks AirAsia X's, and by extension, AirAsia Malaysia's first venture into Central Asia. The airline will begin four weekly flights from Kuala Lumpur to Almaty starting March 14, making it the first Malaysian carrier to directly link the two countries.

This new route is a big step for AirAsia Malaysia as it recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic. During this time, the airline had to reorganize its business. Benyamin Ismail, the CEO of AirAsia X, says that flying to Kazakhstan shows AirAsia Malaysia's strong plan to explore new places and get back to popular routes after the pandemic.

Besides AirAsia X, another airline in the AirAsia Malaysia family, Batik Air Malaysia, is also expanding. It plans to start flights to Tashkent in Uzbekistan in December, using Airbus A330 planes, as per FlightGlobal

Other airlines under AirAsia Malaysia are increasing their flights too. Thai AirAsia is adding more flights within Thailand because more tourists are coming. They will have 18 more flights every day, making 105 flights in total. This includes more flights to cities like Chiang Mai, Phuket, and Krabi.

Indonesia AirAsia, also part of AirAsia Malaysia, is opening two new routes next year. They will fly from Bali to Lampung on Sumatra four times a week starting January 17. They will also start flights from Jakarta to Kota Kinabalu in Malaysia from February 6.

As AirAsia Malaysia and its related airlines grow, they are playing a big role in changing air travel in the region. Their expansion shows they are getting stronger after the pandemic and are ready to offer more travel options.

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