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AirAsia X: £63 For KUL-STN All-in  
User currently offlinePe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 19259 posts, RR: 52
Posted (5 years 5 months 4 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 6886 times:

I notice that AirAsia X (D7) is offering KUL-STN for £63 all-in for April next year. (STN-KUL is presently from £109 one-way all-in.) All you get for your money is the seat. On top of this, you could – if desired, for they’re optional – pay about £6 for a 15kg checked bag, £6 for two meals and two hot drinks, and so on. Of course, it's amazingly cheap.

I flew D7 STN-KUL last week (12h 40m) and KUL-STN this week (13h 18m) and I thoroughly enjoyed the experiences, not least because it didn’t promise much and it over-delivered. This was particulally the case in terms of great seat pitch (and I’m 6’); excellent food – potentially the best I’ve had on an airline and great value; being very quickly processed at check-in and embarking/disembarking/collecting bags; and ultra-friendly, pleasant and attentive crew (first time I have ever been greeted by all cabin crew in the area while boarding - not even experienced on airlines like QR). Really great. Actual load factors were around 90% on both sectors.


"Everyone writing for the Telegraph knows that the way to grab eyeballs is with Ryanair and/or sex."
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User currently offlineBMIFlyer From UK - England, joined Feb 2004, 8810 posts, RR: 58
Reply 1, posted (5 years 5 months 4 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 6821 times:

Hmm, I have alot of time off in October (nearly all month in fact) so I may just give this a try  Smile

Are you doing a Trip Report??


Lee



Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own
User currently offlinePe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 19259 posts, RR: 52
Reply 2, posted (5 years 5 months 4 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 6790 times:



Quoting BMIFlyer (Reply 1):
Are you doing a Trip Report??

Nope!  Silly I don't really see the point of writing a book about it complete with photos of toilets, food, and seatbacks, although a brief paragraph is good. Moreover, I am happy to try to answer any questions about it that you might have.



"Everyone writing for the Telegraph knows that the way to grab eyeballs is with Ryanair and/or sex."
User currently offlineVirginFlyer From New Zealand, joined Sep 2000, 4577 posts, RR: 40
Reply 3, posted (5 years 5 months 4 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 6729 times:



Quoting Pe@rson (Reply 2):
I don't really see the point of writing a book about it complete with photos of toilets, food, and seatbacks

Don't forget sanitary napkins and whether any of the staff would make good wives...  Wink  duck 

V/F



"So powerful is the light of unity that it can illuminate the whole earth." - Bahá'u'lláh
User currently offlineJetfuel From Australia, joined Jan 2005, 2254 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (5 years 5 months 4 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 6684 times:

This fare level is unsustainable. Work out the fuel costs alone and divide it by the number of seats, ad in a/c lease costs, airways/landing charges, maintenance, insurance, crew costs and general overheads and it just doesn't make sense


Where's the passion gone out of the airline industry? The smell of jetfuel and the romance of taking a flight....
User currently offlineFlyingAY From Finland, joined Jun 2007, 713 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (5 years 5 months 4 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 6636 times:



Quoting Jetfuel (Reply 4):
This fare level is unsustainable. Work out the fuel costs alone and divide it by the number of seats, ad in a/c lease costs, airways/landing charges, maintenance, insurance, crew costs and general overheads and it just doesn't make sense

The same can be said about the 1 EUR (including taxes and fees) FR flights that I took in May, but hey, they somehow make a business out of it. And it's not like they're selling the whole plane for that price.


User currently offlinePe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 19259 posts, RR: 52
Reply 6, posted (5 years 5 months 4 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 6631 times:



Quoting Jetfuel (Reply 4):
This fare level is unsustainable.

Never ceases to amaze me how many people don't realise that is the lead-in price. Such airlines have decent yield management systems.

Quoting FlyingAY (Reply 5):
And it's not like they're selling the whole plane for that price.

Exactly.



"Everyone writing for the Telegraph knows that the way to grab eyeballs is with Ryanair and/or sex."
User currently offlineJetfuel From Australia, joined Jan 2005, 2254 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (5 years 5 months 4 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 6614 times:



Quoting Pe@rson (Reply 6):
Quoting Jetfuel (Reply 4):
This fare level is unsustainable.

Never ceases to amaze me how many people don't realise that is the lead-in price. Such airlines have decent yield management systems.

Funny I heard that about a number of now defunct carriers...



Where's the passion gone out of the airline industry? The smell of jetfuel and the romance of taking a flight....
User currently offlinePe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 19259 posts, RR: 52
Reply 8, posted (5 years 5 months 4 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 6566 times:



Quoting Jetfuel (Reply 7):
Funny I heard that about a number of now defunct carriers...

You mean, like Ryanair, easyJet, Southwest, AirAsia, AirArabia, and many, many others? All offer very cheap lead-in fares and, unsurprisingly, limit the number available with the other fares being higher and different.

Anyway, this is getting off-topic, so back to it.



"Everyone writing for the Telegraph knows that the way to grab eyeballs is with Ryanair and/or sex."
User currently offlineBurkhard From Germany, joined Nov 2006, 4409 posts, RR: 2
Reply 9, posted (5 years 5 months 4 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 6551 times:

A great price, and whover has the opportunity should book it.

User currently offlineAirNZ From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (5 years 5 months 4 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 6483 times:



Quoting Jetfuel (Reply 4):
This fare level is unsustainable. Work out the fuel costs alone and divide it by the number of seats, ad in a/c lease costs, airways/landing charges, maintenance, insurance, crew costs and general overheads and it just doesn't make sense

It doesn't have to make sense to anyone outside AirAsia X nor, for the life of me, can I understand why many on a.net feel an airline has to justify to everyone what it is doing.
You have no way of knowing what the actual costs are (maintainance etc.) so therefore you are assuming.


User currently offlinePe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 19259 posts, RR: 52
Reply 11, posted (5 years 5 months 4 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 6266 times:

I notice that D7 will from 25th Oct change its flight times KUL-STN-KUL to a daily service leaving KUL at 1535, arriving STN at 2200, leaving STN at 2305, and arriving KUL at 2030*. A 1h 5m turnaround on a 343 after a 13-odd hour sector is fantastic. At an industry conference last year, I recall D7’s CEO state the importance of self-connecting passengers at KUL, yet the 2030 arrival into KUL all but eliminates connecting opportunities until the next day.


"Everyone writing for the Telegraph knows that the way to grab eyeballs is with Ryanair and/or sex."
User currently offlinePlanesarecool From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 4124 posts, RR: 11
Reply 12, posted (5 years 5 months 4 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 6119 times:

Where can I find these fares? I can't find any promotion on the website, and looking for dates in April, the cheapest I can find is around £240 return (although that is still very cheap).

User currently offlinePe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 19259 posts, RR: 52
Reply 13, posted (5 years 5 months 4 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 6012 times:



Quoting Planesarecool (Reply 12):
Where can I find these fares? I can't find any promotion on the website, and looking for dates in April, the cheapest I can find is around £240 return

I found the stated fares - £63 for KUL-STN, £109 for STN-KUL – on their website just before I posted this thread about it. I could also find them this morning, but I just checked, in response to your reply, and could no longer find them. However, you could easily get KUL-STN for £80-odd and there are plenty of £150 deals for STN-KUL (as promoted on their homepage). My advice would be to wait and see what develops, for D7 is likely, at some point, to offer lower fares still. When I see them, I’ll post about them.

Incidentally, if Viscount is reading this, he'll be pleased to read that D7 has 2-4-2 on their 343s, which are ex-AC.



"Everyone writing for the Telegraph knows that the way to grab eyeballs is with Ryanair and/or sex."
User currently offlineLuftyMatt From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2009, 448 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (5 years 5 months 4 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 5991 times:

Wow that's excellent! I've heard a lot of positive things about Air Asia X. Love the look of their aircraft. The A330-300 and A320 Interiors look smart too. What was the A340 like? I know it still has the AC interior.


chase the sun
User currently offlinePe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 19259 posts, RR: 52
Reply 15, posted (5 years 5 months 4 weeks ago) and read 5935 times:



Quoting LuftyMatt (Reply 14):
A320

Don't forget those are operated by AirAsia not AirAsia X.

Quoting LuftyMatt (Reply 14):
What was the A340 like? I know it still has the AC interior.

Was great! Slightly odd pattern - must be AC's - but that wasn't important.

Very good seat pitch - even for my wife's 85-year-old Gran, who likes comfort.

You must pay for IFE on D7 if you want it - we didn't - and you get hand-held devices on their 343s (via seat-back on 330s), with the AC seat-back screens covered.



"Everyone writing for the Telegraph knows that the way to grab eyeballs is with Ryanair and/or sex."
User currently offlineChrisrad From Australia, joined Dec 2000, 1072 posts, RR: 8
Reply 16, posted (5 years 5 months 4 weeks ago) and read 5848 times:

They have been having fantastic sales since last week, I booked MEL-KUL-MEL return for $198 AUD all inclusive. Or £97 converted to pounds. Considering you can pay much more for MEL-SYD I snapped the flights up. I got flights for October


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User currently offlineLufthansa747 From Philippines, joined May 1999, 3201 posts, RR: 33
Reply 17, posted (5 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 5810 times:

Too bad about the late arrival into STN, that requires an overnight in London in my case. Also going to the Philippines, I'd have to overnight in KUL twice.

Did the math and from HEL, TK+5J (HEL-IST-HKG-MNL) ends up costing 410eur, U2+D7+AK+FR 312eur (HEL-LGW//STN-KUL-CRK-KUL-STN-TMP) using lowest fares. 98eur difference not including LGW-STN transfer, 2 nights in KUL, 1 in LON, the hassle of TMP, baggage, meals, miles etc.

At first the 188GBP D7 fare looked good but it obviously isn't in my case, the D7 flights offer very poor connections ex-KUL and ex-STN.

Should I live in London, I'd have booked 5 of them on the spot though... Big grin



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User currently offlineDangould2000 From UK - Scotland, joined Dec 2005, 172 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (5 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 5477 times:

I'm doing STN-KUL-STN in November, it was only £560! (two people including baggage, meals, etc)  Cool  bigthumbsup 

i'm there for a week so I'm gonna hop up to Ho Chi Minh City one day, Singapore the next, and Jakarta the next  Smile all on Air Asia

No more Tenerife for me!  airplane   bigthumbsup 



Next Flights:- wherever the airline sends me
User currently offlineJfr From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 227 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (5 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 5246 times:



Quoting Pe@rson (Reply 11):
I notice that D7 will from 25th Oct change its flight times KUL-STN-KUL to a daily service leaving KUL at 1535, arriving STN at 2200, leaving STN at 2305, and arriving KUL at 2030*. A 1h 5m turnaround on a 343 after a 13-odd hour sector is fantastic. At an industry conference last year, I recall D7’s CEO state the importance of self-connecting passengers at KUL, yet the 2030 arrival into KUL all but eliminates connecting opportunities until the next day.

And just meters away is a Tune Hotel, which is also owned by Tune Holdings (which owns the AirAsia Group) and charges USD 33 for tomorrow night and USD 10.70 for next year!


User currently offlineEbbUK From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (5 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 5238 times:



Quoting Pe@rson (Reply 2):
Nope! Silly I don't really see the point of writing a book about it complete with photos of toilets, food, and seatbacks, although a brief paragraph is good.

Uber kill joy. Don't you know I have a pocket tissue moment reading trip reports? The story telling of the facilities the weather, the service the plane the seats the meals (the toilets) plus pics? Mmmmmmm

Go on say you will....

As for Air Asia X fares, at those prices might even consider stag weekends to KUL now that Eastern Europe is overdone


User currently offlineGabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3372 posts, RR: 12
Reply 21, posted (5 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 5180 times:

Those flight times are strange. As already mentioned, there's no connections to be had upon arrival at KUL, and no one can self connect on FR at STN at 2200. I think they need to do some tweaking of those schedules.


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User currently offline6thfreedom From Bermuda, joined Sep 2004, 3339 posts, RR: 20
Reply 22, posted (5 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 5100 times:



Quoting Pe@rson (Reply 11):
recall D7’s CEO state the importance of self-connecting passengers at KUL, yet the 2030 arrival into KUL all but eliminates connecting opportunities until the next day.

New sydney services are mooted to operate:
KUL 0130
SYD 1200
SYD 1330
KUL 1900

so there will be a self-connect option there.


User currently offlineMillwallSean From Singapore, joined Apr 2008, 1296 posts, RR: 6
Reply 23, posted (5 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 4906 times:

Their timing is rather weird actually.
For me being stationed out on Borneo at the moment it would be great to fly back home with Air Asia X. Their prices are sensational and I can live without loungeaccess when the price is right.
But the overnight stay in KL sort of makes it to inconvenient. I know they have tune hotels and everything in KLIA but its still another annoyance.
With Air Asia only charging RM100 on a normal fare to KL from here its would be a great opportunity to fly home for the upcoming game against Leeds or the season opener down in Southampton.

I wonder why they don't reschedule so that more people can connect at both ends.
Especially since the connection point has been emphasized by management.

Perhaps its difficult to find a good timing and the usual late night early morning Asia-Europe doesn't work due to slots at Stansted or something.



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User currently offline6thfreedom From Bermuda, joined Sep 2004, 3339 posts, RR: 20
Reply 24, posted (5 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 4806 times:



Quoting 6thfreedom (Reply 22):
New sydney services are mooted to operate:
KUL 0130
SYD 1200
SYD 1330
KUL 1900

so there will be a self-connect option there.

the KUL-STN-KUL timing also allows connections with KUL-PER vv in both directions, and same day MEL-KUL-STN connections.

Interestingly, gold coast doesn't connect in either direction.


25 Pe@rson : Indeed! And if you are 'lucky,' you can get amazingly cheap deals - I've seen from £1 per night before. A friend of mine is staying in Tune Central
26 Ammunition : Pearson, i am glad ur 85 year old wife had a good trip. I am flying to KUL next month with Air Asia X, looking forward to it, however my flight has be
27 Ammunition : I wonder if any other destinations in Europe are being considered.[Edited 2009-07-02 02:45:15]
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