AirAsia X (actually, AirAsia X Sdn. Bhd ) is a Malaysian low-cost airline based in Kuala Lumpur and home base on the Kuala Lumpur airport. It only provides for long- haul flights and is one of 16 % of the Virgin Group and AirAsia.
Predecessor of AirAsia X is the FlyAsianXpress, a regional airline based in Miri, Sarawak, Malaysia. It operated a regional route network as part of the Rural Air Service since August 1, 2006 ( about Rural Air Transport Service ) to destinations in East Malaysia, which were no longer served by Malaysian Airlines. The flights were carried out as subcontractors of AirAsia. Due to constant problems in terms of service, punctuality and customer information of Rural Air Service was broadcast on 26 April 2007 at the Malaysia Airlines subsidiary Firefly. Malaysia Airlines carried the Rural Air Service turn on 1 August 2007 at their new venture MASwings. After the transfer, the name of FlyAsianXpress was changed to AirAsia X.
Already on 17 May 2007 announced Tony Fernandes, co-owner and CEO of AirAsia, plans for a route from Malaysia to Australia with AirAsia X. Due to the high airport charges Sydney should not be considered, but low-cost alternatives such as Melbourne Avalon Airport, Newcastle, Adelaide and Gold Coast. To speed up the start of the flight connection, took Sir Richard Branson's Virgin Group, AirAsia X 20% of the shares, to develop with the intention of sharing common code and a frequent flyer program. Flight operations began on 2 November 2007 with the connecting Kuala Lumpur to Gold Coast.
Since 14 February 2008, AirAsia X is 48 % owned by Aero Ventures ( owned by Tony Fernandes and a number of business friends ) and the Virgin Group (16 %) and AirAsia (16 %). The remaining 20 % is owned by the Manara Consortium from Bahrain and the Orix Group from Japan. AirAsia X has a license from AirAsia for the use of the trade name. Both companies share a website for booking of air tickets, corporate design, uniforms, etc. In addition, AirAsia X is supported by the Virgin Group in terms of management, expertise and infrastructure.
On November 2, 2007 AirAsia X launched flight operations with the connection from the Low Cost Carrier Terminal in Kuala Lumpur to Gold Coast Airport in Australia. The track is four times a week with an Airbus A330 -300 operated. Upon receipt of the first own A330 -300 Airbus end of October 2008 the route network with connections to Perth (from 2nd November 2008) and Melbourne was expanded ( from 12 November 2008). A compound according to London - Stansted was taken on 11 March 2009 with a leased Airbus A340 -300, this drew end of October 2011 to Gatwick Airport in South London has to offer. A further connection to Abu Dhabi was taken on November 23, 2009. In February 2011, Paris -Orly followed, in April 2011, Christchurch. AirAsia X currently flies to Teheran and Tokyo -Haneda. Even Germany, as a further destination in the conversation, a possible date but is currently not yet known. On January 12, 2012 AirAsia X announced, due to increased costs, including through the EU Emissions Trading to withdraw from all connection to Europe. The flights to India were set in 2012, AirAsia X plans to concentrate in future on flights to Australia, China, Taiwan, Japan and South Korea.
As of December 2013, the fleet of 19 aircraft from AirAsia X is with a mean age of 6.1 years: