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November 6, 2013 Aviation, Headline News No Comments Email Email

egtmedia59Air Asia X is confident that its new Thai wing, called Thai AirAsia X, will launch flights by the end of the year – and Australia is in its sights.

The carrier could give Jetstar a run for its money on the Australia-Thailand route.

Thai authorities have approved Thai AirAsia X’s operating licence and chief executive Azran Osman-Rani told the Bangkok Post the airline has big plans for next year. 250x250

The Thai operation is a three-way joint venture between Thai AirAsia chief executive Tassapon Bijleveld (41%), Julpas Kruesopon, president of Panda Security (US and Asia Pacific) and adviser to Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra (10%), and AirAsia X Bhd (49%), the Post reported.

Australia is one of the favoured initial destinations, along with Japan, South Korea and China. The short-term goal: 150,000 passengers in 2014.

AirAsiaX, the long-haul arm of cut-price carrier AirAsia, now has five Australian A330-300 destinations, having just begun serving Adelaide. From early next year, AirAsia X plans to base two 377-seat A330 widebody jets at Bangkok’s Don Mueang airport – formerly Bangkok’s main airport before Suvarnabhumi came on stream.

AirAsia X, in its Thai incarnation, could thus be flying head-to-head against Jetstar within a year.

As Clive Dorman points out in the Melbourne Age, AirAsia X would have a distribution network in Thailand, an advantage Jetstar doesn’t have.

Written by : Peter Needham

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