Thai AirAsia X set to launch in seven weeks

Posted on April 29, 2014

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Thai AirAsia X (TAAX), the long-haul sister of low-cost carrier Thai AirAsia, will take to the air on June 17 with a direct flight from Bangkok’s Don Mueang Airport to Seoul Incheon International Airport.

To celebrate the launch and ensure that flights are packed, TAAX is offering tickets on the service for B1,990 each way, inclusive taxes and fees.

Tickets must be booked on http://www.airasia.com before May 3 for travel between June 17 and April 2015.

After starting with Seoul, the airline will be adding Bangkok-Tokyo Narita, Bangkok-Osaka and Bangkok-Kansai. More details will be announced in the near future.

Nadda Buranasiri, the new CEO of Thai AirAsia X said, “We are thrilled to be Thailand’s first low-cost, long-haul carrier.”

While Thai AirAsia uses 186-seat Airbus A320 planes for its routes inside Thailand, TAAX will be operating Airbus A330-300 wide-body aircraft with 377 seats to destinations that are more than four hours flight time from Don Mueang.

“On June 17, we will be launching our first commercial flight from Bangkok to Seoul Incheon (ICN),” Mr Nadda said, “and we are very confident that there is enormous demand for this route.

“Last year, visitors from South Korea ranked in the top five nationalities of visitors to Thailand, at 1.3 million people. This year, we look forward to a positive growth for South Korean visitors and we are very proud to contribute to the increased number of available seats for visitor arrivals to Thailand.”

In addition, he said, the fact that South Korea allows Thais to get visas on arrival makes it “an accessible and affordable destination for many Thai people. Last year, approximately 400,000 Thai people traveled to Seoul.

“There is a great fascination with Korean pop culture, food, soap opera and shopping amenities and we expect the demand for travel to Seoul to remain at a substantial rate”, said Mr Nadda.

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