AirAsia X starts Middle East revolution

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Abu Dhabi will be AirAsia X’s new destination and most likely its next base. That is a plus for the city, which is keen for AirAsia X to help it compete with Dubai as a regional hub.

It will be interesting to see how Etihad Airways, Abu Dhabi’s home carrier, responds. AirAsia X could be in direct competition, especially when it starts ti carry passengers from the city on to other parts of the Middle East, Africa or Europe.

The AirAsia brand has shaken up the markets wherever it has taken root – Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia and Singapore are examples – and that could happen in the Middle East as well.

Moving to the Middle East and beyond is part of AirAsia X’s expansion plan, especially as the Malaysian government dithers on permission to fly to Sydney, Seoul and New York.

In true AirAsia style, the long-haul carrier is not waiting for things to happen and just moving on to the next opportunity. That will lead to interesting times for AirAsia X and the Middle East airline industry in the coming months.

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One Response to AirAsia X starts Middle East revolution

  1. hamid reza delijani 13 June, 2010 at 4:55 pm #

    Hello .
    I strongly believe if AirAsia would settle daily flight to Tehran from Kuala lumpur no doubt it will be fully booked .i can see many Iranian passenger taking Ek or Etehad to go to Asia,there are huge number of passenger going to Asia from Iran daily,and are disturbed by having stop in Dubai,

    regards
    Hamid

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