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sianeth
post Aug 27 2008, 04:24 AM
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Despite tough times for airlines worldwide, low-cost carrier AirAsia X has announced the sale of one million Australia to Malaysia airfares for free - provided travellers pay the taxes and charges.

The sale means travellers could fly from Melbourne to Kuala Lumpur for $182 one-way, from the Gold Coast for $171, or from Perth for $157.

AirAsia X announced last week it would begin operations in Melbourne from November 12. It also announced plans to introduce long-haul flights on the 'kangaroo route' - between Australia and London - in March next year.

AirAsia X's Australian general manager, Darren Wright, said the airline would benefit from the giveaway fares in the long run.

"There's goodwill and publicity, obviously, but it also gives people an opportunity to fly and try," he said. "If they like us, and they will like us, they'll fly with us again and perhaps tell their friends."

AirAsia chief Tony Fernandes recently said that his aim in Australia was both "to bring Australians to our hub in Kuala Lumpur so as to feed them into our Asian network and to send Asian tourists to Australia combining our network with AirAsia X".

"From next year, Australians will be able to go all the way to Britain using AirAsia X, through Kuala Lumpur. The route will also be popular with Europeans heading to Australia."

The deal is available until Sunday, August 31, for travel between April 1, 2009 and July 31, 2009.

Sale fares of this kind have dried up over the last six months, as airlines attempt to reduce spiralling fuel costs. Last year, the arrival of AirAsia X and Tiger Airways sparked an airfare war in Australia, with Jetstar and Virgin battling the newcomers by offering fares for as little as one cent.
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post Aug 27 2008, 05:04 AM
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Air Asia are awesome. I will definitely use their long haul service from Stansted to KL when it starts in March. I just had a look at the site and found one of the free flights from KL to Melbourne. Came to a grand total of 59 one way!


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post Aug 27 2008, 10:16 AM
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That's absolutely crazy.... How is this possible??? I don't get it. They are just losing money right now, and then later, they hope to get it back?


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post Aug 28 2008, 04:07 AM
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QUOTE(starlagurl @ Aug 27 2008, 04:16 PM) *

That's absolutely crazy.... How is this possible??? I don't get it. They are just losing money right now, and then later, they hope to get it back?


Who cares... just exploit it, woohoo!!
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post Aug 28 2008, 04:39 AM
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They make more money on added extras like Ryanair et al. You have to pay for inflight meals, checked in baggage etc. There was even talk of them weighing passengers at check in! This wasn't to charge more for being over a certain weight but to calculate the total weight do find out how much extra cargo they could fit in the hold.

Besides it pays to keep the plane in the air and it's better to fill a seat for a few quid than have it empty.


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