Southeast Asian Low Cost Carriers Announce New Middle East Routes

Southeast Asian low cost carriers AirAsia X and Cebu Pacific have announced expansion plans to the Middle East, with new flights from their hubs in Kuala Lumpur and Manila.


Kuala Lumpur – Jeddah

In a return to the Middle East, AirAsia X will launch flights between Kuala Lumpur and Jeddah from 16 February 2013. The service will initially operate 3 times a week on a split schedule, before increasing to 4 times weekly from 1 May 2013.


Flight D7 170 will depart Kuala Lumpur at 0220 hrs on Mondays and Thursdays, arriving in Jeddah at 0720 hrs. The return flight, D7 171, takes off from King Abdul Aziz International Airport at 0815 hrs to land back at Kuala Lumpur International Airport at 2245 hrs.


Flight D7 172 operating on Tuesdays and Saturdays departs Kuala Lumpur at 1115 hrs for a 1615 hrs arrival in Jeddah. The aircraft turns around to operate flight D7 173 at 1710 hrs, arriving back in Kuala Lumpur at 0740 hrs the next morning.


AirAsia X will operate its 2-class Airbus A330-300 aircraft on the route. The airline is targeting the Muslim travel market heading to the holy cities of Mecca and Medina, as well as arab travellers to Southeast Asia.


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Manila – Dubai

Philippine carrier Cebu Pacific has revealed Dubai as its first long-haul destination, with plans to serve the emirate from Manila. The airline is targeting the large Filipino expatriate population in Dubai and will bring added competition for Emirates on the route.


From 7 October 2013, flight 5J 7944 will depart Manila daily at 1640 hrs and arrive in Dubai at 2140 hrs. On the return leg, flight 5J 7945 takes off from Dubai International Airport at 2310 hrs, landing back at Ninoy Aquino International Airport at 1140 hrs the next day.


Cebu Pacific will operate the service with its new Airbus A330-300 fleet, configured with 400 Economy Class seats and onboard wi-fi connectivity. The airline has 8 of the widebody jets on lease and will receive its first 2 aircraft later this year.


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