AirAsia X to Fly Its First Passengers Since March 2020

Sydney will be the launch destination for the Malaysian medium-haul airline following its restructuring.

A bird’s-eye view of Sydney and its harbor. (Photo: Jamie Davies/Unsplash)

An absence of domestic routes left AirAsia X no choice but to ground its fleet of Airbus A330-300s for most of the last two years, but the low-cost carrier is set to return to the skies within weeks. AirAsia X has announced that it will resume commercial services between Kuala Lumpur and Sydney from February 14; the airline says it will be prioritizing full redemptions for travelers affected by its restructuring last year, with customers able to reinstate their bookings and use the value in their credit accounts.

Until March 22, flights will be operated once a week. Services from Kuala Lumpur to Sydney are scheduled on Mondays, and the A330 will return to KLIA on Tuesdays. Timetables for the Southern Hemisphere autumn/winter season will be announced in the middle of this month. AirAsia X’s flight schedule for the route is as follows:

Flight No. Route Departure Arrival
D7 228 Kuala Lumpur–Sydney 7:25 p.m. 6:30 a.m. (next day)
D7 229 Sydney–Kuala Lumpur 8:30 a.m. 2:15 p.m.

Fares start from RM 1,399 (roughly US$334) one-way in economy class, inclusive of check-in baggage, one meal, and a drink, while prices for a Premium Flatbed seat begin at RM 3,999 (US$956). These special fares can be booked directly on the airline’s website or through the Flights icon on the AirAsia Super App.

CEO of AirAsia X Benyamin Ismail said in a statement, “Following our travel downtime over the last two years, and the recent completion of our restructuring process, we are thrilled to be able to relaunch and commence our gradual return to the skies.” The airline chief added that AirAsia X would progressively continue to honor outstanding bookings and credit accounts for its guests in other markets as soon as possible, and was anticipating the gradual reopening of international borders around the world in 2022. “We look forward to announcing additional new services soon,” he said.

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