01 July 2009
SEPANG -- AirAsia's first flight from Kuala Lumpur to Taipei departed at 10.00 am this morning, carrying 338 guests.
AirAsia's Group Chief Executive Officer, Datuk Seri Tony Fernandes said the flight had 88 percent load, carrying guests which included president of the Malaysian Friendship and Trade Centre in Taipei, Datuk Abdullah Mohd Salleh and AirAsia X CEO, Azran Osman-Rani.
AirAsia also celebrated its inaugural flight from Tapei Wednesday with touched down at 8.35 pm at the Low Cost Carrier Terminal (LCCT) of the KL International Airport (KLIA) with 335 guests on board.
"The new Kuala Lumpur-Taipei route with five direct flights weekly operated by AirAsia's low-cost long-haul affiliate, AirAsia X, received a remarkable response from travellers when it opened for sale on April 24, 2009," Fernandes said at the Kuala Lumpur-Taipei inaugural flight celebration to receive AirAsia's first guests from Taipei.
Minister of Transport, Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat and Minister of Tourism, Datuk Seri Dr Ng Yen Yen were also at the event to welcome the visitors.
According to Fernandes, all promotional seats for the Kuala Lumpur-Taipei flight services offered at RM101 per way were snapped up within 12 hours after the sales announcement, with an estimated 80,000 guests flying the route until the year's end.
"This represents an average load factor of over 80 percent on the 383-seater Airbus A330," Fernandes said.
Fernandes also said there were no cancellation of flights with the H1N1 flu global epidemic and that sales were up since it abolished its administration fees.
"We are also starting new routes from Miri to Singapore," he said. -- BERNAMA