03 July 2009
AirAsia held a ceremony at Kuala Lumpur International Airport on Wednesday to celebrate the landing of its first flight and guests from Taipei.
Flight D7 2673 landed at 8.35 pm with 335 guests on board and was greeted by the Minister of Transport Malaysia YB Dato’ Sri Ong Tee Keat and Minister of Tourism Malaysia and YB Dato’ Sri Dr. Ng Yen Yen.
AirAsia Group CEO Dato’ Sri Tony Fernandes and Regional Head of Commercial Kathleen Tan and H.E. Tseng Ching Yuan, Representative of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Malaysia were also present.
“Taiwan is among our key tourist source markets and I look forward to seeing the Kuala Lumpur-Taipei route attract more tourists from Taiwan to Malaysia and enhance our tourism performance” said Ng Yen Yen.
“Taipei embraces modernity while retaining its traditions and old world charm which I anticipate would be highly popular for both business and leisure travelers” said Fernandes.
“We expect to see excellent traffic from Asia, Europe and Australia feeding into our flights connecting to Taipei via our hub in Kuala Lumpur”
AirAsia’s low-cost long-haul affiliate AirAsia X operates an Airbus A330 on the new Kuala Lumpur–Taipei route which offers 5 direct flights weekly.