From underdog to industry big beast: ten years of AirAsia X

TD Editor

Long-haul low-cost carrier AirAsia X reaffirms its commitment to make long-haul flying affordable for everyone in celebration of its 10th anniversary, through an extensive network expansion to stimulate regional demand in preparation for new aircraft delivery.

The airline celebrates the milestone today at Gold Coast, Australia which was the maiden destination,a decade ago, on 2 November 2007. An aircraft painted with a special commemoration livery was received at the Gold Coast International Airport by senior executives of AirAsia X, Gold Coast Airport Limited and Tourism Events Queensland, followed by a media conference.

Group CEO Datuk Kamarudin Meranun said, “This 10th anniversary is definitely a memorable milestone for all of us at AirAsia X. For an airline that many thought would not succeed in the beginning, we sure have a lot to celebrate for after 10 amazing years. We have grown from strength to strength since our inception in 2007, having flown over 30 million guests to over 25 destinations in different regions including the US, while at the same time forming the most extensive flight network of over 125 destinations in Asia and beyond with our short-haul affiliate AirAsia to serve a broader spectrum of guests, making us one of the largest airline groups in the world.”

“As we receive more wide body aircraft over the next few years, route network expansion becomes even more crucial and we will definitely be launching more exciting long-haul destinations to stimulate travel demand. This is what we do best, connecting our guests to different parts of the world at one of the lowest fares on one of the world’s youngest Airbus fleet. It has been a fantastic decade for AirAsia X, and we owe it all to our supportive guests and dedicated Allstars. Now everyone can fly extra long, and that is a promise we intend to keep,” he added.

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