AirAsia X To Launch Adelaide Flights

Long-haul, low cost carrier AirAsia X has revealed plans to launch flights between Kuala Lumpur and Adelaide. The announcement comes as welcome news for travellers in the South Australian city, which lost a vital international link when Qantas ceased overseas flying operations in Adelaide earlier this year.


From 31 October 2013, the airline will start operating the route 4 times weekly with an Airbus A330-300, adding a fifth destination to its network in Australia. Flight D7 246 will depart Kuala Lumpur at 2345 hrs on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, arriving in Adelaide at 0945 hrs the next morning. The return flight, D7 247, takes off from Adelaide International Airport at 1100 hrs to land back at Kuala Lumpur International Airport at 1630 hrs.


AirAsia X will increase its flight frequencies to daily services during peak periods between December and February. Australia remains a key market for AirAsia X, where demand remains strong for low cost flying and where it can leverage on its Kuala Lumpur hub for connectivity to other parts of Asia.


With the launch of services, the carrier will provide Adelaide with its first and only nonstop low cost air link to Asia. AirAsia X joins rival Malaysian Airlines and full-service carriers Cathay Pacific and Singapore Airlines in becoming only the fourth Asian operator to serve the city.


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