As I wrote about a couple of weeks ago, AirAsia is planning on launching flights to the U.S. starting later this year, which represents their first service to the U.S. The airline just recently got permission from the FAA to fly to the U.S, and they’re taking advantage of that pretty quickly.
AirAsia is one of Asia’s largest low cost carriers, and they’re known for their incredibly low fares.
Well, AirAsia’s new flight between Kuala Lumpur and Honolulu is now on sale, and they have some incredible introductory fares.
AirAsia will begin flying to the U.S. as of June 28, 2017, with the following schedule:
Kuala Lumpur to Osaka departing 2:00PM arriving 9:25PM
Osaka to Honolulu departing 11:25PM arriving 12:30PM
Honolulu to Osaka departing 4:00PM arriving 8:25PM (+1 day)
Osaka to Kuala Lumpur departing 10:00PM arriving 4:00AM (+1 day)
This flight will be operated by an A330, featuring 377 seats, including 12 premium seats and 365 economy seats.
To celebrate the new route, AirAsia has some insanely low fares. You can fly between Honolulu and Osaka starting at just $99 one-way. Roundtrip tickets start at ~$260, including all taxes and fees.
If you’re looking to travel between Honolulu and Kuala Lumpur, fares are a bit more. You can fly roundtrip for ~$350, which is incredible for 18 hours of travel in each direction.
I’m sort of intrigued by AirAsia’s premium flatbed product. They have just 12 of these angled flat seats on their A330s, and they come with a free pillow and blanket, a seat assignment, and complimentary meals and drinks.
Here’s a video about the product, starring David Foster (which is a hilarious endorsement, given that he primarily flies private):
So while AirAsia’s premium product isn’t as good as business class on most airlines, it certainly seems like a very good value. Just ~$700 one-way for such a product is a price that’s tough to beat. I’d like to review the product at some point.
Anyone plan on taking advantage of AirAsia’s excellent fares between the U.S. and Japan/Malaysia?