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Air Arabia To Start Services To Kuala Lampur  
User currently offlineojas From India, joined Mar 2008, 2977 posts, RR: 24
Posted (3 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 5830 times:

According to Air Arabia website,

Air Arabia will launch daily services between SHJ and KUL via KTM. Air Arabia will have full 5th rights between KTM and KUL

G9 533 1610 2145
---------- 2225 0510

G9 534 0550 0815
---------- 0855 1150

Aircraft: A320

source: website www.airarabia.com

[Edited 2010-11-15 20:18:56]


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User currently offlineKFlyer From Sri Lanka, joined Mar 2007, 1228 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (3 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 5815 times:

Nicely spot, Ojas. Service begins 16DEC. Wonder what would be AK's reaction.

[Edited 2010-11-15 20:42:48]


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User currently offlinehuaiwei From Singapore, joined Oct 2008, 1116 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (3 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 5766 times:

Via Kathmandu? Why not non-stop? AirAsia will hardly consider this a threat then.


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User currently offlineklwright69 From Saudi Arabia, joined Jan 2000, 2071 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (3 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 5754 times:

Quoting KFlyer (Reply 1):
Via Kathmandu? Why not non-stop? AirAsia will hardly consider this a threat then.

I doubt Air Arabia has equipment with the range to fly from Sharja to KUL nonstop.


User currently offline9MMPD From Australia, joined Oct 2005, 286 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (3 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 5754 times:

Quoting huaiwei (Reply 2):
Via Kathmandu? Why not non-stop? AirAsia will hardly consider this a threat then.

Can an A320 fly non-stop from SHJ - KUL?


User currently offlineQatarA340 From Qatar, joined May 2006, 1867 posts, RR: 10
Reply 5, posted (3 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 5750 times:

Quoting huaiwei (Reply 2):

Via Kathmandu? Why not non-stop? AirAsia will hardly consider this a threat then.

They only fly A320s which dont have the range non-stop.

Well, wouldnt KTM be a huge detour? Dhaka would be more logical I guess!

I have a feeling this route wont last a month!



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User currently offlineqantas747 From Australia, joined Mar 2000, 222 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (3 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 5716 times:

Wow, This is really interesting news. I am looking to head to Malaysia for New Years and this service would work out perfectly.

I could not find any information on the Air Arabia website, nor was it in their booking system. i would be very keen to find out how much it is.

Quote:
Via Kathmandu? Why not non-stop? AirAsia will hardly consider this a threat then.

AirAsia currently do not fly to the UAE, so how is this relevant?

Cheers


User currently offlineKFlyer From Sri Lanka, joined Mar 2007, 1228 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (3 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 5711 times:

Remains to be seen how successful it would be. Perhaps they're testing the waters with this route, for a possible ply into widebodies though am not sure whether they can convert 320 orders.
This sounds like a natural progression. Choice of KTM probably due to fifth freedom, likely thanks to past Yeti links.
Qantas747, it is available for booking on the website.



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User currently offlineQatarA340 From Qatar, joined May 2006, 1867 posts, RR: 10
Reply 8, posted (3 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 5693 times:

Quoting qantas747 (Reply 6):
AirAsia currently do not fly to the UAE, so how is this relevant?

Air Asia X will fly again to AUH soon in Feb 2011 I think.

Quoting KFlyer (Reply 7):
likely thanks to past Yeti links.

Totally forgot about that.

SHJ-KTM-KUL would be 3879 mi, while SHJ-KUL would be 3441.



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User currently offlineqantas747 From Australia, joined Mar 2000, 222 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (3 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 5682 times:

I am looking on the website and I can find No link whatsoever in the online booking form; is there a back door somehow to access this?

Kuala Lumpur is not listed as a destination on the UAE website.

There is a Malaysian website, but still I cannot find access to the booking system to check fares/ or even find the news announcement, can anybody provide a link please?

Cheers

[Edited 2010-11-15 21:22:50]

User currently offlineKFlyer From Sri Lanka, joined Mar 2007, 1228 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (3 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 5673 times:

qantas747, it's under the Asia section in booking form. Visit airarabia.com . No hidden link.


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User currently offlineqantas747 From Australia, joined Mar 2000, 222 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (3 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 5649 times:

I found out the problem;

I switched browsers, for some reason Google Chrome was not showing it, whereas I switched to IE and *tah da!* its there

Thanks for your help.


User currently offlineflyingalex From Germany, joined Jul 2010, 1016 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (3 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 5274 times:

Quoting QatarA340 (Reply 5):
Well, wouldnt KTM be a huge detour? Dhaka would be more logical I guess!

If the flight were only making a technical stop, you would be correct.

In this case, since they have 5th freedom rights between Nepal and Malaysia, a different set of assumptions apply.

Dhaka-Kuala Lumpur is already served by 5 airlines: Air Asia, Biman, Malaysia, GMG and United Airways (no relation to the US-based carrier United Airlines).

On Kathmandu-Kuala Lumpur, their only competition is Nepal Airlines.

Detours can be worthwhile sometimes, if there is a commercial business case for them. I think this one has the potential to be very worthwhile indeed.

I expect to see very few pax actually flying SHJ-KUL. It'll mostly be SHJ-KTM and then new pax on KTM-KUL.

[Edited 2010-11-16 05:09:28]


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User currently offlinePe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 19236 posts, RR: 52
Reply 13, posted (3 years 11 months 1 week 6 days ago) and read 5265 times:

Quoting flyingalex (Reply 12):
I expect to see very few pax actually flying SHJ-KUL. It'll mostly be SHJ-KTM and then new pax on KTM-KUL.

Yep.

I see that one-way fares are from USD216 all-in - no doubt far cheaper than the incumbents' fares.

Remember that Fly Yeti, a KTM-based airline, served KTM-KUL (was it daily?) before it ceased supposedly due to political reasons.



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User currently offlineMHG From Germany, joined Dec 2004, 784 posts, RR: 1
Reply 14, posted (3 years 11 months 1 week 6 days ago) and read 5245 times:

Well, the reason why Air Arabia is flying via KTM is a rather "logical" one if you have a good memory or some background knowledge ...

Air Arabia tried to set up a subsidiary in Kathmandu about 2 yrs ago IIRC. They already started ops but had to shut down very soon due to political/traffic right issues.

So, KTM was obviously still on their radar and it seems they found a solution to circumvent the "problems".
The main target is not to get passengers somehow from SHJ to KUL but to serve mainly the KTM market and the KTM-KUL route has to be seen independently from the SHJ-KTM route (although the same aircraft may fly the whole routing) but G9 of course does not prevent passengers willing to go the detour to book a through ticket SHJ-(KTM)-KUL vv.

Money still counts after all ...  



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User currently offlineQatarA340 From Qatar, joined May 2006, 1867 posts, RR: 10
Reply 15, posted (3 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 5150 times:

Quoting flyingalex (Reply 12):
Dhaka-Kuala Lumpur is already served by 5 airlines: Air Asia, Biman, Malaysia, GMG and United Airways (no relation to the US-based carrier United Airlines).

Doesnt Emirates fly there?! I flew to Dhaka a while back and the plane was going on to KUL.

Quoting flyingalex (Reply 12):

On Kathmandu-Kuala Lumpur, their only competition is Nepal Airlines.

I remember QR used to make the same route from DOH with A320s.



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User currently offlinePe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 19236 posts, RR: 52
Reply 16, posted (3 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 5108 times:

Quoting QatarA340 (Reply 15):
Doesnt Emirates fly there?!

EK does not fly DAC-KUL.



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User currently offlineflyingalex From Germany, joined Jul 2010, 1016 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (3 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 5074 times:

Quoting Pe@rson (Reply 16):

EK does not fly DAC-KUL.

But they used to. I remember seeing an Emirates flight arriving from DXB via DAC on the arrivals board at KUL when I was last there in 2005.

Quoting QatarA340 (Reply 15):
I remember QR used to make the same route from DOH with A320s.

If it worked for them (for a while, anyway), why should it not work for Air Arabia?



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User currently offlineQatarA340 From Qatar, joined May 2006, 1867 posts, RR: 10
Reply 18, posted (3 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 4952 times:

Quoting flyingalex (Reply 17):
But they used to. I remember seeing an Emirates flight arriving from DXB via DAC on the arrivals board at KUL when I was last there in 2005.

I was on that flight in 2004 or 2005, but I stopped in DAC.



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