10 February 2010
KUALA LUMPUR-- AirAsia's long haul affiliate, AirAsia X, will increase its frequency to Hangzhou, the gateway of Shanghai, with direct daily flights starting March 28, 2010.
"The response has been extremely good as we are running past 80 per cent load factor for the Hangzhou-Kuala Lumpur routes," said AirAsia Regional Head of Commercial Kathleen Tan.
In a statement Wednesday, she said the airline always positioned Hangzhou as its eastern gateway into the Yangtze Delta region as it took only 75 minutes to Shanghai by bullet train.
Hangzhou is one of the most popular tourist attractions in China, famed for its West Lake, Longjing Tea Fields and Six Harmonies Pagoda.
The AirAsia X flight to Hangzhou is serviced by Airbus A330-300 with 383 economy seats including 28 premium seats.
AirAsia X will depart from Kuala Lumpur at 8.10am and arrive in Hangzhou at 1.10pm every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and at 5.20pm to reach its destination at 10.20pm every Tuesday, Saturday and Sunday.
The flight from Hangzhou will depart at 2.10pm and arrive in Kuala Lumpur at 7.10pm every Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, and at 11.20pm to arrive here 4.20am every Tuesday, Saturday and Sunday.
AirAsia has 198 flights weekly flying from various destinations in Asean to nine destinations in China including Hong Kong and Macau.