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Air Asia X Starts First LGW Flight Today  
User currently offlineLGWflyer From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2011, 2348 posts, RR: 1
Posted (3 years 2 months 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 8929 times:

So today (24th) LGW will have Air Asia arriving. I guess it will be the A340 coming, which is brilliant soon as no one else flies them here hardly. Does anyone know what time the flight arrives here and then departs?

It's great to get new airlines... next is LH on the 30th.


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User currently offlinecoolum From United Arab Emirates, joined Jul 2008, 51 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (3 years 2 months 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 8576 times:
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Arrives in to LGW 15:55 (expected 15:47) from KUL as D72006, and departs 17:25 as D72007 (all times local).

[Edited 2011-10-23 23:42:29]


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User currently offlineVasu From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2005, 3985 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (3 years 2 months 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 8202 times:

Hope someone can be there to snap it arriving!

User currently offlineLondonCity From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2008, 1526 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (3 years 2 months 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 8003 times:

I wonder how well D7 is faring on the London-KUL route ?

It has cut the number of flights and its prices are not always competitive with MH and especially the Gulf carriers. I believe in November, D7 will be cutting LGW-KUL flight frequency to only three services a week rising to five flights a week in December.


User currently offlinetommy212 From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2005, 126 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (3 years 2 months 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 7976 times:

for those interested the aircraft operating should be 9M-XAB

User currently offlinefraspotter From United States of America, joined May 2004, 2361 posts, RR: 9
Reply 5, posted (3 years 2 months 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 7786 times:

Sorry if this has been discussed before but I was just curious since I've been away for awhile... Didn't Air Asia X used to fly STN-KUL? What happened to this route? Did they just switch it from STN to LGW? How long has the STN flight been gone if it is indeed gone?


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User currently offlinePe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 19259 posts, RR: 52
Reply 6, posted (3 years 2 months 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 7685 times:

I remember flying D7 STN-KUL-STN and paying £99 each way all-in.

Quoting fraspotter (Reply 5):
Did they just switch it from STN to LGW?

Yes.



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User currently offlinecoolum From United Arab Emirates, joined Jul 2008, 51 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (3 years 2 months 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 7632 times:
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I believe they decided back in July to switch airports from STN to LGW.

They cited several reasons, the main ones were accessibility into London and the high air tax cost of flying into STN.

Airline chief executive Azran Osman-Rani was quoted as saying: “The high air tax negated the strategic advantage of Stansted. We can’t offer a £99 fare any more. We have seen an impact on passengers since late last year.”

He said: “We have seen the number of connecting passengers drop. We have probably lost 10% of our traffic.”

Osman-Rani added: “Gatwick has a bigger catchment area and it’s a better market for higher-fare flights. In a period of high costs you have to get higher yield [passengers]. You are seeing some of the low-cost carriers shifting aircraft to Gatwick [for the same reason].”

He said the decision to move was not easy, adding: “Stansted has been a fantastic partner.” But he insisted there was nothing Stansted could have done to change his mind. “It would not change the economics if the airport was free,” he said.

Osman-Rani also said Gatwick appeared a more popular choice among passengers. “We had a lot of feedback from passengers that they preferred Gatwick because of the access to central London,” he said.



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User currently offlineLondonCity From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2008, 1526 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (3 years 2 months 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 7554 times:

Quoting coolum (Reply 7):
Airline chief executive Azran Osman-Rani was quoted as saying: “The high air tax negated the strategic advantage of Stansted. We can’t offer a £99 fare any more. We have seen an impact on passengers since late last year.”

There has been a significant price increase. Some of the cheapest one-way fares in November start at £333 (including tax and fuel surcharge) and that is before you add on the extra cost of checking luggage and inflight food.


User currently offlineLGWflyer From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2011, 2348 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (3 years 2 months 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 7343 times:

Quoting coolum (Reply 1):
Arrives in to LGW 15:55 (expected 15:47) from KUL as D72006, and departs 17:25 as D72007 (all times local).

[Edited 2011-10-23 23:42:29]
Quoting tommy212 (Reply 4):
or those interested the aircraft operating should be 9M-XAB

Thanks for the info! Soon as they are on 08R today, I can see it take-off this eveving from my back garden.

[Edited 2011-10-24 06:05:33]


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User currently offlineLGWflyer From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2011, 2348 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (3 years 2 months 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 7303 times:

Oh and also how many times a week are they flying in?


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User currently offlineDunaA320 From UK - England, joined Feb 2009, 616 posts, RR: 8
Reply 11, posted (3 years 2 months 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 6159 times:

Quoting LGWflyer (Reply 10):
Oh and also how many times a week are they flying in?

Five, increasing to six in December.


User currently offlineRAAADEK From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2007, 51 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (3 years 2 months 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 6100 times:

Only last week I managed to get a RT ticket LGW-KUL for £296 (hand luggage only and no food but with pre-selected seats - have to have my window seat Smile). There was good availibility until end of March 2012. Can't wait, going in Feb.

[Edited 2011-10-24 09:15:48]

User currently offlineLondonCity From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2008, 1526 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (3 years 2 months 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 5229 times:

Quoting DunaA320 (Reply 11):
Five, increasing to six in December.

If you check airasia.com for travel in November you will see there are flights only x3 a week (Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday). The increased frequency you mention will start in December. I believe one of the A340s is undergoing maintenance in November so one aircraft is covering LGW and ORY.


User currently offlineLGWflyer From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2011, 2348 posts, RR: 1
Reply 14, posted (3 years 2 months 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 5032 times:

Quoting LondonCity (Reply 13):
Quoting DunaA320 (Reply 11):
Quoting LondonCity (Reply 13):
If you check airasia.com for travel in November you will see there are flights only x3 a week (Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday). The increased frequency you mention will start in December. I believe one of the A340s is undergoing maintenance in November so one aircraft is covering LGW and ORY.

Thanks for both answering!  


One more question if you don't mind...  

I see they are at the South, where do you think they will mostly go... pier 2 or 3... or just a mix of both piers?



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User currently offlineLondonCity From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2008, 1526 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (3 years 2 months 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 5000 times:

Quoting RAAADEK (Reply 12):
Only last week I managed to get a RT ticket LGW-KUL for £296 (hand luggage only and no food but with pre-selected seats - have to have my window seat Smile).

That's a great deal. No other carrier can come close to matching it. So it looks as though pax must book months ahead to obtain the best prices, ie prices which undercut the likes of EK/EY/QR.

Quoting LGWflyer (Reply 14):

I see they are at the South, where do you think they will mostly go... pier 2 or 3... or just a mix of both piers?

Unfortunately I don't have the answer for you. Maybe someone else here can assist ?


User currently offlineLGWflyer From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2011, 2348 posts, RR: 1
Reply 16, posted (3 years 2 months 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 4987 times:

Quoting LondonCity (Reply 15):
Unfortunately I don't have the answer for you.

Not a problem!   



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User currently offlineairtrainer From Belgium, joined Aug 2003, 1559 posts, RR: 12
Reply 17, posted (3 years 2 months 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 4817 times:

Their promo fare is currently starting at £95 oneway, add the different taxes to that and you end up with a £229 bill. That's more or less the same amout they advertise for oneway flights from ORY (275€). Still ok but not wonderful...

Quoting RAAADEK (Reply 12):
Only last week I managed to get a RT ticket LGW-KUL for £296

Now that's a pretty good deal ! Enjoy your trip  



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User currently offlineAtlwest1 From United States of America, joined Jan 2009, 1046 posts, RR: 1
Reply 18, posted (3 years 2 months 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 4546 times:

Quoting airtrainer (Reply 17):
Their promo fare is currently starting at £95 oneway, add the different taxes to that and you end up with a £229 bill. That's more or less the same amout they advertise for oneway flights from ORY (275€). Still ok but not wonderful...

for a 4000 mile plus flight that sounds like a steal of a deal.



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User currently offlineskipness1E From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2007, 3321 posts, RR: 1
Reply 19, posted (3 years 2 months 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 4360 times:

Um........take the taxes off then give me the fare again?

User currently offlineDunaA320 From UK - England, joined Feb 2009, 616 posts, RR: 8
Reply 20, posted (3 years 2 months 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 4228 times:

Quoting LondonCity (Reply 13):
If you check airasia.com for travel in November you will see there are flights only x3 a week (Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday). The increased frequency you mention will start in December. I believe one of the A340s is undergoing maintenance in November so one aircraft is covering LGW and ORY.

According to the LGW press release it was 5 x week.


User currently offlineairtrainer From Belgium, joined Aug 2003, 1559 posts, RR: 12
Reply 21, posted (3 years 2 months 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 3966 times:

Quoting Atlwest1 (Reply 18):
for a 4000 mile plus flight that sounds like a steal of a deal.

Right, but you can find similar fares on other non-LCC cariers as well.



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User currently offlineHywel From Malaysia, joined Apr 2008, 814 posts, RR: 3
Reply 22, posted (3 years 2 months 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 3767 times:

Quoting airtrainer (Reply 17):

Their promo fare is currently starting at £95 oneway, add the different taxes to that and you end up with a £229 bill. That's more or less the same amout they advertise for oneway flights from ORY (275€). Still ok but not wonderful...

The taxes are high for LGW-KUL, but much less for KUL-LGW. The return fare is £95 base plus approx. £15 tax.

I've just booked a return LGW-KUL-LGW for £358 (excluding the £12 credit card fee)  


User currently offlinelightsaber From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 13551 posts, RR: 100
Reply 23, posted (3 years 2 months 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 3394 times:
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Quoting skipness1E (Reply 19):

Um........take the taxes off then give me the fare again?

Aren't taxes required to be quoted in the fare in Europe? Thus, with high taxes the fare breaks 99 pounds and thus has far less 'marketing pool.'

Just a thought.

I wonder how the yield is doing? I cannot image all the seats are the promo fare.

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User currently offlineLondonCity From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2008, 1526 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (3 years 2 months 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 3042 times:

Quoting DunaA320 (Reply 20):
According to the LGW press release it was 5 x week.

It looks as though the LGW press release was written for them by D7. It's incorrect. Check with D7's website and you will see there are only three flights a week for KUL-LGW. That is because during November there are maintanence checks taking place so only one A340 will be available at a time to operate KUL-LGW and KUL-ORY.

Quoting lightsaber (Reply 23):
I wonder how the yield is doing? I cannot image all the seats are the promo fare.

It seems D7's fares are competitive when you book several months ahead. Try booking a flight in November or December and you'll see how expensive D7 can be.


25 skipness1E : If they're selling a lot of these seats after being in the market so long it can't be great, you're not beginning to cover your costs on £99.
26 RAAADEK : The cheapest fare (£50) which was available 2 weeks ago was not advertised at all, I only found it by chance. Now they promote £229 OW fare on airas
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