AirAsia celebrated its inaugural flight to Mumbai from Kuala Lumpur today signifying its foray entry into Western India. Marking a major tourism and economic coup for both countries, commencing today AirAsia will be servicing the Kuala Lumpur – Mumbai route between the Low Cost Carrier Terminal and Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport with 4 direct flights weekly through its low cost, long haul affiliate, AirAsia X.
The A330 aircraft deployed for the Mumbai – Kuala Lumpur route, took off on-time at 9:20 am (GMT+8) and touched down at 12:00 noon IST in Mumbai. The momentous event was kicked-off with a traditional Indian welcoming dance for the Malaysian entourage at the Hyatt Regency Hotel. The event was attended by Dato’ Sri Dr. Tony Fernandes, Group CEO of AirAsia and Founder of AirAsia X, Azran Osman Rani, CEO of AirAsia X, Kathleen Tan, Regional Head of Commercial joined by Wan Zaidi, Consulate General of Malaysia, Mumbai, Mr. Manoharan, Director of Tourism Malaysia, Mumbai and Ms. Sujata Thakur, Regional Director India Tourism Mumbai (Maharashtra).
Dato’ Sri Tony Fernandes, Group CEO of AirAsia and Founder of AirAsia X said “We are thrilled to start this much-awaited service to Mumbai today and provide the people of this magnificent city with unrivalled low-fare flights to Kuala Lumpur, the Gateway to ASEAN and beyond. AirAsia, the World’s Best Low-Cost airline, is determined to help in enhancing the tourist and commercial links between India and Malaysia. Mumbai is our sixth destination city in India, after Trivandrum, Kolkata, Chennai, Kochi and Tiruchirappali,”
“At AirAsia, 2010 is fast becoming the Year of India. We started out by establishing our strong presence in the ASEAN region (the Association of Southeast Asian Nations), followed by our vast expansion into China. With AirAsia X, our low-cost, long-haul affiliate, we reached further – to Australia and the United Kingdom. AirAsia has a strong domestic high frequency network that enables the people from India to connect to Malaysia and visit beautiful places like Langkawi, Sabah, Sarawak and tap on our incredible network using Kuala Lumpur as a gateway to the many points served by AirAsia to destinations such as China, Bali, Phuket, Australia, London and many more. Moving forward, we are also looking at introducing flights from Bangkok to this vibrant city later in the year”, concluded Tony.
Mrs. Sujata Thakur, Regional Director, India Tourism, Mumbai said “On behalf of Ministry of Tourism, Government of India we welcome Air Asia, a low cost airline for starting operations to Mumbai. I am sure with its arrival to Mumbai we will see increased tourist inflow from Malaysia and other ASEAN Countries to Mumbai and its adjoining regions. With Air Asia’s operations from Mumbai the Indian passengers will also benefit. As it will lead to increase travel opportunities not only for Malaysia but other ASEAN Countries as well.”
This new service to Mumbai will not only complement AirAsia’s aggressive growth in India but also feed more traffic into both countries. In addition to that, this timely service is in accordance with Malaysia’s Prime Minister’s call on strengthening the bilateral relations between the two countries. AirAsia is supporting this by liberalizing air travel with its undisputed low-fares to further boost tourism, trade and investment between the two countries and opening-up the market to the world. More importantly, more people will enjoy greater reach to Asean and beyond destinations with greater ease with AirAsia’s unrivalled low fares.
Guests flying on this new route will have the chance to experience the new comfortable ‘flatbed Premium seats’ on the brand new A330 aircraft. The flatbed seats are standard business class specifications of 20” width, 60” pitch and stretches out to 77” in full recline position. The seats feature universal power sockets, adjustable headrests and built-in personal utilities such as tray table, drink holder, reading light and privacy screen. The new improvement is set to distinguish the world’s most successful low-cost long-haul airline as a distinctive leader in the market, further bolstering the brand as the advocates of innovation and excellence.