Thai AirAsia X maiden flight to take off in June

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AirAsiaThe new long-haul low-fare airline Thai AirAsia X will make its inaugural flight on June 17, launching a daily service between Bangkok and Seoul, and plans to add Tokyo and Osaka to its flight schedule in late July 2014. Nadda Buranasiri, TAAX’s chief executive, said one daily flight from Don Mueang airport to Incheon airport will operate using its Airbus A330-300 with 377 seats.

Bookings will be open from April 23. The company anticipates a warm welcome from travelers as South Koreans are among Thailand’s top five visitors, with over 1.3 million tourists from this country in 2013. With no visa requirements, more than 400,000 Thai people visited South Korea last year. Later in late July, TAAX will operate one daily flight from its Don Mueang base to Narita airport in Tokyo and five flights a week to Osaka. The company is offering tickets at prices 15-20 per cent below full-service airlines.

In its first year of operation the company’s projections are for at least 200,000 passengers, half of them Thais, or a load factor above 80 per cent to all destinations. The company targets around 1 billion baht ($31.25 million) of revenue in its first year of operation.

Thai AirAsia X has also recently entered into an agreement on brand licensing with Malaysia-based AirAsia Bhd to allow the Thai firm to use the brand, trademark and logos of AirAsia X in the country. The agreement will last five years and be subject to renewal if the two firms agree.

Thai AirAsia X is now the seventh long-haul budget carrier on the Asia-Pacific market which is served by Australia-based Jetstar Airways, Malaysia’s AirAsia X, Singapore’s Scoot, the Philippines’ Cebu Pacific, Indonesia Air Asia X and Thailand’s NokScoot. Vietnam’s Vietjet is also planning long-haul operations to Australia, Russia, Western Europe and North America.

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The new long-haul low-fare airline Thai AirAsia X will make its inaugural flight on June 17, launching a daily service between Bangkok and Seoul, and plans to add Tokyo and Osaka to its flight schedule in late July 2014. Nadda Buranasiri, TAAX’s chief executive, said one daily flight from Don Mueang airport to Incheon airport will operate using its Airbus A330-300 with 377 seats.

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AirAsiaThe new long-haul low-fare airline Thai AirAsia X will make its inaugural flight on June 17, launching a daily service between Bangkok and Seoul, and plans to add Tokyo and Osaka to its flight schedule in late July 2014. Nadda Buranasiri, TAAX’s chief executive, said one daily flight from Don Mueang airport to Incheon airport will operate using its Airbus A330-300 with 377 seats.

Bookings will be open from April 23. The company anticipates a warm welcome from travelers as South Koreans are among Thailand’s top five visitors, with over 1.3 million tourists from this country in 2013. With no visa requirements, more than 400,000 Thai people visited South Korea last year. Later in late July, TAAX will operate one daily flight from its Don Mueang base to Narita airport in Tokyo and five flights a week to Osaka. The company is offering tickets at prices 15-20 per cent below full-service airlines.

In its first year of operation the company’s projections are for at least 200,000 passengers, half of them Thais, or a load factor above 80 per cent to all destinations. The company targets around 1 billion baht ($31.25 million) of revenue in its first year of operation.

Thai AirAsia X has also recently entered into an agreement on brand licensing with Malaysia-based AirAsia Bhd to allow the Thai firm to use the brand, trademark and logos of AirAsia X in the country. The agreement will last five years and be subject to renewal if the two firms agree.

Thai AirAsia X is now the seventh long-haul budget carrier on the Asia-Pacific market which is served by Australia-based Jetstar Airways, Malaysia’s AirAsia X, Singapore’s Scoot, the Philippines’ Cebu Pacific, Indonesia Air Asia X and Thailand’s NokScoot. Vietnam’s Vietjet is also planning long-haul operations to Australia, Russia, Western Europe and North America.

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