Fernandes: India to be a big market for AirAsia X

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  • Thursday, 08 Feb 2018

KUALA LUMPUR: India will be a big market for long-haul budget carrier, AIRASIA X, which just launched the Kuala Lumpur-Jaipur route, according to AIRASIA BHD group chief executive officer Tan Sri Tony Fernandes.

He also signalled that Amritsar could be the airlines’ next destination.

“Yesterday we launched Jaipur. And @Benyaminismailis in Amritsar today. A route that many many have asked us to do. India will be big for AirAsia X,” he tweeted.

Benyamin is AirAsia X Malaysia’s chief executive officer.

“Super proud of the turnaround happening at AirAsia X. We need to finish off cleaning up the balance sheet in the fourth quarter, but we are going to have a good year in 2018,” said Fernandes.

He also said Thai AirAsia X was also booming.

“We are now taking the very good value (Airbus) 330 to fill our capacity before moving to the next generation of aircraft, either the (Airbus) 330 neo or (Boeing) 787. I am very, very bullish on AirAsia X,” he added.

Overall, Fernandes said it would be a good year for the low-cost airline industry.

“Stars lining up, ringgit strengthening and oil going down as we predicted. There is just too much oil and with shale, fuel demand will continue to go down,” he said on twitter. — Bernama

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