Fast-expanding AirAsia X plans to launch services to India, Japan, South Korea and Taiwan in 2009 as well as more services to Australia and China.

The Malaysian long-haul low-cost carrier, which serves Hangzhou in China and the Gold Coast in Australia, will take its second Airbus A330 at the end of October. This will be the first of 25 it has on order from the manufacturer. Chief executive Azran Osman-Rani says it is looking to launch new services next year when it takes three more A330s.

The airline is launching services to Melbourne and Perth in Australia and next year will add London to its network using a leased A340-300, and Azran says the is in the market to lease a second A340-300.

Air Asia X A330 
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Source: Flight International