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Airasia X’s New Route Is A Sexy One, Says Fernandes

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Starting this December, your Hawaiian dreams might become a reality as budget carrier Airasia X Bhd is about to extend its routes to the North American paradise within the next eight months or so.

Airasia Bhd CEO Tan Sri Tony Fernandes revealed that the long-haul, no-frills airline had plans for a destination in Europe, but declined to elaborate further.

“It’s going to be a sexy route,” he said.

“We have to go back to Europe. By being in Europe and the United States, it would change the brand profile quite dramatically,” he told reporters after the launching of Wisma Tune.

It was reported recently that AirAsia X had applied to fly to Hawaii.

Meanwhile, AirAsia X group chief executive officer Datuk Kamarudin Meranun said the airline was working on smoothing the crease in its operations, managing capacity and reducing cost, as reported in The Star Online.

He said the airline had since February embarked on an internal restructuring exercise.

“There were operational inefficiencies and redundancies in our operations. We are going to drop some of our routes and are also looking at ‘exclusive’ routes like Hawaii,” he explained.

“I am pushing to have the Hawaii and Europe routes before December this year,” Kamarudin said.

He added that cost-saving measures between AirAsia X and AirAsia were being implemented, such as having one ground handling and renegotiating airport charges.

“I am fairly confident we can turn this around. We see bookings coming in and yields are moving up,” Kamarudin said.-MYNEWSHUB.CC

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