Confirmed: AirAsia X to Paris (Orly)

9M-XXA Paris close up.jpgWe have been following developments that pointed to AirAsia X serving Paris, and now the Malaysian carrier has confirmed it: AirAsia X will launch flights to Paris Orly.

The carrier has not yet released a schedule or indicated a starting date but does have this teaser up on its website, including an option to receive an e-mail once more details are released.

Chief executive Azran Osman-Rani said in July it was likely he would scale back the carrier’s London route and transfer frequencies to Paris. We’ll have to see if and how that pans out.

Either way, the carrier is prepared to promote Paris flights since its first A330-300, 9M-XAA, about a month ago, according to local spotters, underwent this new paint job. (The aircraft was used on Hajj charters, largely keeping it out of the eyes of more spotters. I saw it last Friday at KUL and snapped these photos.) The scheme features silhouetted emblems and the names of cities AirAsia and AirAsia X fly to. Curiously included were two cities the airlines do not fly to: Sydney (which has its own backstory) and Paris, which was listed along with an image of the Eiffel Tower (left).

AirAsia X chief executive Azran Osman-Rani commented the new livery was to “refresh” the aircraft “and to celebrate our breadth of global network”.

What’s next on AirAsia X’s expansion plan? Its continuing quest to let the Malaysian government permit it to fly to Sydney, which the carrier recently agitated about with a special livery.

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(Photos: Will Horton)

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