AirAsia X touches down in Hawaii

HONOLULU, June 29 — If you have always dreamt of visiting Hawaii, now you can get to the “Paradise of the Pacific” on AirAsia X.

AirAsia X landed at the Daniel K. Inouye International Airport today, in its inaugural flight to Honolulu, Hawaii.

This is the long-haul low-cost carrier’s first foray into the United States, and recorded a load factor of over 90 per cent on the maiden flight.

It arrived at Honolulu at about noon (Hawaiian time), after a flight of about 16 hours and a two-hour transit at Kansai, Osaka.

“This landmark route to Hawaii is a bold new chapter in the quest to help more people travel farther for less and with strategic planning,

“We hope to bring in more guests from the Asean and Asian region,” said AirAsia X Group chairman Tan Sri Rafidah Aziz during the press launch and celebration of the Kuala Lumpur— Honolulu route at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel today.

Hawaii Tourism Authority president and chief executive officer George D. Szigeti thanked AirAsia X for choosing Hawaii as its first US destination.

He added that the new route will also strengthen Hawaii’s ties to Malaysia.

“We expect this route by AirAsia X will generate US$86.4 million in tourism revenue, US$10.1 million in tax revenue and more than 1,000 jobs supported,” he said in his speech.

AirAsia X will offer one-way fares from as low as RM899 for a standard seat or RM2,999 for the award-winning Premium Flatbed from Kuala Lumpur to Honolulu in celebration of its inaugural flight to Hawaii.

The promotional fares are available on until July 2 for travel period of between October 1, 2017 and August 28, 2018.

AirAsia X flies four times weekly from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Honolulu, Hawaii via Osaka, Japan.

Those transiting in Osaka do not require a Japanese visa during the two-hour stopover and may return to their seats on the flight after clearing security with any carry-on luggage and belongings.

Passengers may also connect directly to Honolulu from other cities within AirAsia and AirAsia X’s flight network using the AirAsia Fly-Thru service.

Last week, AirAsia was named the World’s Best Low Cost Airline for the ninth year straight while AirAsia X won the World’s Best Low Cost Airline Premium Cabin and Premium Seat awards for the fifth consecutive year at the Skytrax World Airline Awards during the Paris Air Show.

Hawaii is made up of six islands right in the heart of the Pacific Ocean and is famed for its natural beauty and unique indigenous culture.

Honolulu is the capital city located in Hawaii’s most populous island, O’ahu, and this is also where the renowned Waikiki Beach is located.

Source : Malay Mail Online

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