21 April 2010
KUALA LUMPUR-- AirAsia X, a low cost long-haul airline, launched the first of its two special flights for passengers stranded in Malaysia and United Kingdom (UK) due to the closure of European airspace, caused by volcanic ash clouds from Iceland.
The special flight, D7 2006, left Kuala Lumpur with 286 passengers onboard at 2pm Malaysian time and scheduled to arrive in London at 9pm, UK time, said AirAsia in a statement issued on Wednesday.
AirAsia said the special D7 2006 flight was the first AirAsia X flight to London after British airspace reopened at 5am Malaysian time today.
The statement said the second special flight, D7 2007, will depart from London at 3pm tomorrow and scheduled to arrive in Kuala Lumpur at 11am on Friday.
"Our guests are our priority, and we're committed to helping them get home to their families and back to work at the soonest possible time," said AirAsia Group chief executive officer Datuk Seri Tony Fernandes in the statement.
AirAsia X flies from/to the Low Cost Carrier Terminal (LCCT) in Sepang and London's Stansted Airport.