Air Asia’s Expansion

Last updated: December 13, 2010
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Air Asia’s plan to grow its business in Indonesia and beyond.

The Indonesian branch of Air Asia (a.k.a. Air Asia Indonesia or Indonesian Air Asia) has been in the news a lot recently. Unlike some of its competitors, it has been all good news:

Please click on the story above that interests you, or just scroll down to read them all.


Air Asia to Offer Extra Flights in December and January

Extra FlightsAir Asia is offering extra flights from 17 December 2010 to 23 January 2011 between the following cities:

  • Jakarta and Singapore
  • Jakarta and Denpasar (Bali)
  • Denpasar (Bali) and Perth

See below for flight details:

Flight No From To Depart Arrive Frequency  
QZ 7510 Jakarta Bali 6:20 9:05 Daily Regular Flight
QZ 9219 Jakarta Bali 8:25 11:10 Daily Extra Flight
QZ 7512 Jakarta Bali 10:35 13:20 Daily Regular Flight
QZ 7514 Jakarta Bali 15:05 17:50 Daily Regular Flight
QZ 9210 Jakarta Bali 16:00 18:45 2,4,6 Extra Flight
QZ 7518 Jakarta Bali 16:30 19:15 Daily Regular Flight
QZ 9217 Jakarta Bali 17:20 20:05 Daily Extra Flight
QZ 7516 Jakarta Bali 19:20 22:05 Daily Extra Flight
 
QZ 9218 Bali Jakarta 7:15 8:00 Daily Extra Flight
QZ 7511 Bali Jakarta 9:30 10:10 Daily Regular Flight
QZ 9216 Bali Jakarta 11:35 12:20 Daily Extra Flight
QZ 7513 Bali Jakarta 13:45 14:25 Daily Regular Flight
QZ 7519 Bali Jakarta 15:25 16:05 Daily Regular Flight
QZ 7515 Bali Jakarta 18:15 18:55 Daily Regular Flight
QZ 9211 Bali Jakarta 19:20 20:05 2,4,6 Extra Flight
QZ 7517 Bali Jakarta 22:30 23:10 Daily Extra Flight
Note : Departure and arrival times are according to local time zones. 1 = Monday 2 = Tuesday 3 = Wednesday 4 = Thursday 5 = Friday 6 = Saturday 7 = Sunday. Extra flights commences from 17th Dec 2010 – 8th January 2011.
Flight No From To Depart Arrive Frequency  
QZ 8620 Bali Perth 0:30 4:10 Daily Regular Flight
QZ 9028 Bali Perth 7:10 10:50 Daily Extra Flight

9 Jan 2011 – 23 Jan 2011
QZ 8622 Bali Perth 9:00 12:40 Daily Regular Flight
QZ 8626 Bali Perth 15:50 19:30 Daily Regular Flight
QZ 9022 Bali Perth 20:40 0:20 Daily Extra Flight

17 Dec 2010 – 8 Jan 2011
 
QZ 9023 Perth Bali 1:00 4:40 Daily Extra Flight
17 Dec 2010 – 8 Jan 2011
QZ 8621 Perth Bali 4:50 8:30 Daily Regular Flight
QZ 9029 Perth Bali 11:30 15:10 Daily Extra Flight

9 Jan 2011 – 23 Jan 2011
QZ 8623 Perth Bali 13:20 15:10 Daily Regular Flight
QZ 8627 Perth Bali 20:05 23:45 Daily Regular Flight
Note : Departure and arrival times are according to local time zones.
Flight No From To Depart Arrive Frequency  
QZ 7782 Jakarta Singapore 7:20 10:00 Daily Regular Flight
QZ 7788 Jakarta Singapore 9:00 11:40 Daily Regular Flight
QZ 7780 Jakarta Singapore 11:20 14:00 Daily Regular Flight
QZ 9492 Jakarta Singapore 12:45 15:30 Daily Extra Flight

17 Dec 2010 – 8 Jan 2011
QZ 7784 Jakarta Singapore 14:20 17:00 Daily Regular Flight
QZ 7786 Jakarta Singapore 18:55 21:35 Daily Regular Flight
QZ 9498 Jakarta Singapore 20:35 23:15 2,4,6 Extra Flight

18 Dec 2010 – 8 Jan 2011
 
QZ 7783 Singapore Jakarta 10:30 11:10 Daily Regular Flight
QZ 7789 Singapore Jakarta 12:05 12:45 Daily Regular Flight
QZ 7781 Singapore Jakarta 14:25 15:05 Daily Regular Flight
QZ 9493 Singapore Jakarta 16:10 16:55 Daily Extra Flight

17 Dec 2010 – 8 Jan 2011
QZ 7785 Singapore Jakarta 17:45 18:25 Daily Regular Flight
QZ 7787 Singapore Jakarta 22:10 22:50 Daily Regular Flight
QZ 9499 Singapore Jakarta 23:45 0:25 2,4,6 Extra Flight
18 Dec 2010 – 8 Jan 2011
Note : Departure and arrival times are according to local time zones. 1 = Monday 2 = Tuesday 3 = Wednesday 4 = Thursday 5 = Friday 6 = Saturday 7 = Sunday.


Air Asia Simplifies Transit Procedures in Kuala Lumpur

Air Asia X Flight TransferOne way that Air Asia has kept costs down in the past is to not let passengers transiting Kuala Lumpur’s Low Cost Carrier Terminal to transit. This means that passengers must collect their bags, then clear immigration and customs before checking in again for their next destination. It also meant that passengers would have to pay in Malaysian Ringgit for their second flight, which was annoying.

However, this has now changed for some routes. If you are flying to/from an Air Asia long-haul destination (a.k.a. Air Asia X) you will no longer need to do this; you can transit Kuala Lumpur like you would on a normal full-service airline, within reason. For example, the second flight needs to be less than six hours after the arrival of the first flight.

Air Asia X flies to the following cities:

Australia: Gold Coast, Melbourne, Perth
China: Chengdu, Hangzhou, Tianjin
England: London
France: Paris (starting 14 February 2011)
India: Delhi, Mumbai
Iran: Tehran
Japan: Tokyo
New Zealand: Christchurch (starting 1 April 2011)
Taiwan: Taipei

For a full explanation of the benefits of Air Asia’s new transit procedures, see here.


New routes: Medan to Hong Kong and Bangkok, Balikpapan to Kuala Lumpur

Air Asia has also been advertising some new routes:


Indonesian Air Asia to Outgrow its Malaysian Parent?

The CEO of Air Asia, Tony Fernandes, is certainly bullish about the future of its Indonesian subsidiary. Here are sections of a recent interview in the Jakarta Post:

AirAsia Bhd. chief executive officer Tony Fernandes said the carrier’s Indonesian operations may surpass its Malaysian unit, which is now more than three times as big.

The Indonesia business may pass Malaysia in the “not-too-distant future,” Fernandes said Friday in a Bloomberg TV interview in Kuala Lumpur, without elaboration.

However, it still has a long way to go:

Indonesia AirAsia’s passenger number rose 8 percent to 1.1 million in the quarter, according to a statement. The Malaysian operations boosted passenger numbers 12 percent to 4 million, it said.



5 Comments on Air Asia’s Expansion

  1. avatar rustyprince Says:
    December 13th, 2010 at 8:47 am

    I’d really like them to try the Manado/KL route again, the flights were 70% full anytime I availed of this service. Also Manado/Davao, Its ridiculous that Indonesia and the Philipines communications, air/ship, seem to be subject to an unacknowledged defacto cold freeze.
    I’m becoming increasingly suspicious of this and must openly speculate if there are concerns in Jakarta about majority Christian Manado being so far from Java and having strenghtening links with a giant neighbor of rather similar culture.
    Air Asia continues to break down barriers, I hope they or someone can rise to this challenge.

  2. avatar sputjam Says:
    January 3rd, 2011 at 8:26 pm

    air asia is asean’s first truly regional airline. bad news for malaysian airlines of course.

  3. avatar Praveen Says:
    February 5th, 2011 at 10:06 am

    Air Asia should start flights to Ahmedabad in India. This city is fast grawing and SQ is presently taking all the passenger load from this city in Gujarat. Gujaratis travell worldwide and KL could be a trasit for Australia/New Zealand.

  4. avatar Ahmed Says:
    April 18th, 2011 at 12:29 pm

    It is good to see that Air Asia covers major cities of India, Bangladesh, Iran and Srilanka. I really hope that Air Asia start flights to Karachi Pakistan as its next expansion destination.

  5. avatar Chris Says:
    January 1st, 2012 at 10:21 pm

    Air Asia’s direct flight between Medan and Hong Kong was suspended in September.

    For more details, please see here:
    http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2011/07/18/airasia-suspend-its-longest-route-blames-oil-prices.html

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