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No-frills airline connects UK to Asia for under £100

By Martin Hickman

Published 02/12/2008

Travellers will be able to fly to Asia for under £100 on a new no-frills service from London to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

AirAsiaX, backed by Sir Richard Branson's Virgin Group, will fly from London Stansted airport to Kuala Lumpur's international airport five times a week from March. About 40 per cent of the seats will be priced at £99, according to the airline, with the average fare expected to be £150 – well below a typical rival fare of £500.

Passengers will be able to connect with low-cost flights to Hong Kong, Thailand or Australia, slashing the cost of a holiday to Asia's popular tourist destinations. Onward flights cost as little as £40 to Bali, £98 to Hong Kong and £248 to Melbourne.

Like the European no-frills operators, AirAsiaX will operate a basic service, charging passengers £3 or £4 for meals and £5 for an entertainment system. The parent company AirAsia – known as the Ryanair of the Far East – will operate an Airbus 340 for the 12-hour trip. Booking began at midnight and can be made through the Air Asia website.

Tony Fernandes, the chief executive of AirAsia, said the route was the realisation of a long-held ambition to open up affordable access between Europe and states in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.

The flights will operate between 11 March 2009 and 24 October 2009.

Belfast Telegraph

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