PARIS 2009: AirAsia to America?

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Here are some photos I managed to get off the internet of an AirAsia X Airbus A340-300 (above: AirAsia staff with the aircraft in the background, below: the aircraft in hangars) painted in the colours of the Oakland Raiders American football team

When I interviewed AirAsia chief Tony Fernandes last month, he said that most sponsorships are related to routes. Hence the sponsorship of the Williams F1 team – many of the races are held in cities that AirAsia and AirAsia X, its long-haul low cost associate, fly or plan to fly to.

And that brings me to the Oakland Raiders aircraft. The airline has said that it is considering Kuala Lumpur-Los Angeles and Kuala Lumpur-London-New York flights, and the USA is a potentially big new market along with more cities in Europe.

The airline ordered the Airbus A350s at Paris, and it all points to a massive increase in routes in the coming years as AirAsia and AirAsia X expand their network. AirAsia is no longer just a player in the regional market – it is fast becoming a global airline, and that point will only be underscored when it begins flights to the USA.

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5 Responses to PARIS 2009: AirAsia to America?

  1. Mike 18 June, 2009 at 11:13 pm #

    One problem with the Raiders themed aircraft for the Kuala Lumpur-Los Angeles route. The Raiders moved back to Oakland, Ca a while back. LA has no professional football team at the moment.

  2. Siva Govindasamy 18 June, 2009 at 11:45 pm #

    Yep, but I guess Oakland works all right for them as it is the closest they can get to LA.

  3. zasfirul 28 June, 2009 at 9:33 pm #

    airasia x should have sponsored the Los Angeles Lakers Basketball team,the champions of NBA this year.

  4. Siva Govindasamy 29 June, 2009 at 10:24 am #

    Ha, that might just have been a bit too expensive….

  5. Steve 21 December, 2009 at 4:42 am #

    They should sponsor the Phoenix Cardinals or the Phoenix Suns. Which is a lot cheaper and I am sure Phoenix Arizona is more than happy to land Air Asia X and give them almost whatever they want. Furthermore, it is closer to L.A. and a pretty good connection point even from the mid western states. And it is also one of the LCC (Southwest Airline hub). If Air Asia need helps, being a fellow Malaysian I am more than happy to help.

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