AirAsiaX to fly to Perth amid fare warsWow, with AirAsia, it is true that now, anyone can fly!
May 15, 08 4:19pm
Malaysia's long-haul budget carrier AirAsiaX today announced an expansion of its Australian operations amid fears that a fare battle with the national carrier could lead to its demise.
The launch comes as national carrier Malaysia Airlines (MAS) announced that it would give-away airfares to 20 regional destinations a week after AirAsia airline similar offers for domestic flights.
AirAsia's group chief executive Tony Fernandes criticised MAS for copying the budget carrier's everyday low fares policy saying it was unclear how badly AirAsia would be hit by it, the New Straits Times reported.
"The government will never allow MAS to fail but a private company? Who is going to save us," Fernandes told the daily.
"I'm not against competition but it has to be a level-playing field. You can't send me into a boxing match with one hand tied behind my back," he said referring to a subsidy the government provides only to MAS for some of its international flights.
Six flights a week to Perth
AirAsia also wants to be given equal rights to fly the Singapore-Kuala Lumpur air route, one of the region's most lucrative routes.
At present, MAS has 69 flights per week between the two neighbours while AirAsia is only allowed to mount 14 weekly flights.
AirAsiaX, a sister company of budget-carrier AirAsia, will offer six return flights per week between Perth and Kuala Lumpur starting Nov 2, the airline said in a statement.
Perth will be the airline's second destination in Australia after its four-weekly return flight to the Gold Coast which began in November last year.
"Looking at what we've done with these two routes, we are confident of creating a bigger market in Western Australia," Fernandes said.
According to The Star, AirAsiaX will offer 5,000 free seats for the travel period between Nov 2 to April 30 starting midnight today.
The airline said it plans to launch flights to Britain in the fourth quarter of 2008, with London and Manchester being considered. It is also eyeing more destinations in China as it expands its network.
Fly to Perth cheap!
So the airfare war between AirAsia and MAS continues which greatly benefits us, the consumers. Looks like AirAsia, the no-frills, low cost carrier, is flying to Perth! Read on about it at Malaysiakini. I have also place the excerpt here: