AIRASIA X will expand its network in China come February, when the airline launches flights to Shanghai from its base in Kuala Lumpur, making the city AirAsia's 14th destination in China.
The airline will operate six weekly flights to Shanghai Pudong International Airport from February 19 and step up frequency to offer daily services from May 1.
Guests may also purchase Fly-Thru flights from Shanghai to AirAsia’s destinations in Australia, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam and Singapore, which joins two flight sectors via the Malaysian capital.
Kuala Lumpur-Shanghai flights beginning February 19 will depart Kuala Lumpur every day from Tuesday to Sunday at 19.35 to reach Shanghai at 00.45.
Flights on the Shanghai-Kuala Lumpur leg depart every day from Wednesday to Monday at 01.45, touching down in Malaysia at 06.55.
The service will be retimed effective May 1, with daily Kuala Lumpur-Shanghai flights to take off at 18.35 and arrive at 23.45. Return flights will also operate every day, departing Shanghai at 01.05 and 06.15.
The route will be served by the A330-300 with a configuration of 12 premium flatbed seats and 365 economy seats.
“With a 23 million-strong population in Shanghai city, we foresee strong demand for the route where guests may take the opportunity to visit Malaysia and use AirAsia X as a gateway to the many exotic and exciting destinations across the region through our strong group network,” said Azran Osman-Rani, CEO, AirAsia X.