Thursday, May 13, 2010

AirAsia Celebrates Its Maiden Flight to Mumbai, May 2010

News and pictures - sourced from : Air Asia.Com

Dato' Sri Dr. Tony Fernandes, GCEO of AirAsia Berhad, presenting Encik Wan Zaidi Wan Abdullah, Consul General of Malaysia with a token of appreciation

(Left to Right) Mr. Manoharan, Director of Tourism Malaysia, Mumbai, Azran Osman Rani, C.E.O of AAX, Encik Wan Zaidi Wan Abdullah, Consul General of Malaysia, Dato' Sri Dr. Tony Fernandes, GCEO of AirAsia Berhad, Ms. Kathleen Tan, Regional Head of Commercial flanked by AirAsia flight attendants

Mumbai (India), 6th May 2010 – The World’s Best Low-Cost Airline, AirAsia celebrated its inaugural flight to Mumbai from Kuala Lumpur today signifying its foray entry into Western India.

Marking a major tourism and economic coup for both countries, commencing today AirAsia will be servicing the Kuala Lumpur – Mumbai route between the Low Cost Carrier Terminal and Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport with 4 direct flights weekly through its low cost, long haul affiliate, AirAsia X.

The A330 aircraft deployed for the Mumbai – Kuala Lumpur route, took off on-time at 9:20 am (GMT+8) and touched down at 12:00 noon IST in Mumbai. The momentous event was kicked-off with a traditional Indian welcoming dance for the Malaysian entourage at the Hyatt Regency Hotel.

The event was attended by Dato’ Sri Dr. Tony Fernandes, Group CEO of AirAsia and Founder of AirAsia X, Azran Osman Rani, CEO of AirAsia X, Kathleen Tan, Regional Head of Commercial joined by Wan Zaidi, Consulate General of Malaysia, Mumbai, Mr. Manoharan, Director of Tourism Malaysia, Mumbai and Ms. Sujata Thakur, Regional Director India Tourism Mumbai (Maharashtra).

Dato’ Sri Tony Fernandes, Group CEO of AirAsia and Founder of AirAsia X said “We are thrilled to start this much-awaited service to Mumbai today and provide the people of this magnificent city with unrivalled low-fare flights to Kuala Lumpur, the Gateway to ASEAN and beyond.

AirAsia, the World’s Best Low-Cost airline, is determined to help in enhancing the tourist and commercial links between India and Malaysia. Mumbai is our sixth destination city in India, after Trivandrum, Kolkata, Chennai, Kochi and Tiruchirappali,”

“At AirAsia, 2010 is fast becoming the Year of India. We started out by establishing our strong presence in the ASEAN region (the Association of Southeast Asian Nations), followed by our vast expansion into China. With AirAsia X, our low-cost, long-haul affiliate, we reached further – to Australia and the United Kingdom.

AirAsia has a strong domestic high frequency network that enables the people from India to connect to Malaysia and visit beautiful places like Langkawi, Sabah, Sarawak and tap on our incredible network using Kuala Lumpur as a gateway to the many points served by AirAsia to destinations such as China, Bali, Phuket, Australia, London and many more. Moving forward, we are also looking at introducing flights from Bangkok to this vibrant city later in the year”, concluded Tony.

About AirAsia and AirAsia X

AirAsia, the leading and largest low-cost carrier in Asia, services the most extensive network with approximately 132 routes covering destinations in Asia, Australia and Europe.

Within 8 years of operations, AirAsia has carried 92 million guests and grown its fleet from just two aircraft to approximately 90. The airline today is proud to be a truly Asean (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) airline with established operations based in Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand, servicing a network stretching across all Asean countries, China, India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Australia.

This is further complemented by AirAsia X, its low-cost long-haul affiliate carrier that currently flies to destinations in China, Australia, Taiwan and the UK. AirAsia is the regional carrier with the largest destination network and highest flight frequencies.

AirAsia was named the 2009 World’s Best Low Cost Airline in the annual World Airline Survey by Skytrax.


Departure/ Arrival

Flight No.


Kuala Lumpur to Mumbai

09:20 / 12:00

D7 2516

Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday & Sunday

Mumbai to Kuala Lumpur

13:20 / 21:00

D7 2517

Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday & Sunday

Jointly, the AirAsia Group will have a total of 148 flights weekly to the various points in India which include Tiruchirappalli, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Kochin, Trivandrum, Bangalore, Mumbai, New Delhi, Chennai (to Kuala Lumpur and Penang).

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