AirAsia X To Start Shanghai Services

Long-haul, low cost carrier AirAsia X is set to grow in China next year with services to the coastal metropolis of Shanghai, using its 2-class Airbus A330-300 configured with 12 Premium Flatbed and 365 Economy Class seats on the route. The Kuala Lumpur-based airline has announced it will begin operations to the commercial city from 19 February 2013 as it seeks to cement its hold on the market against budding competition.


Initially operating 6 times a week, flight D7 330 will depart Kuala Lumpur International Airport at 1935 hrs every Tuesdays through Sundays and arrive at Pudong International Airport at 0045 hrs the next day. The return flight, D7 331, takes off from Shanghai at 0145 hrs for a 0655 hrs arrival back in Kuala Lumpur every Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.


A seventh weekly flight will be added from 1 May 2013 and the flight timings will be adjusted slightly. The outbound leg will depart Kuala Lumpur at 1835 hrs to arrive in Shanghai at 2345 hrs, with the inbound flight taking off from Pudong International Airport at 0105 hrs for a 0615 hrs landing at Kuala Lumpur International Airport.


The flight timings will allow for convenient connections at AirAsia’s hub in Kuala Lumpur. Passengers will be able to utilize the airline for onward travel to regional destinations in Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam, as well as further afield to Australia.


With the addition of Shanghai, AirAsia X and its affiliate airlines operate in 14 Chinese cities including Beijing, Chengdu, Chongqing, Guangzhou, Guilin, Hangzhou, Hong Kong, Kunming, Macau, Nanning, Xian and Wuhan.


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