Malaysia’s AirAsia X has finally received the approval to operate scheduled passenger flights to any destination within the US from Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) making Airasia the first low-cost airline in Asia to receive the approval.
In 2016, Airasia’s founder Tony Fernandes has expressed the group’s interest to fly to Hawaii and other Western states in the US. However flying to US might not be a direct flight but instead would require a stopover in Japan, most probably Osaka.
Malaysians will have plenty reasons to cheers as Airasia’s entry to US would signal a fall in air fares thus making it more affordable to travel especially when USD is at its peak.
Personally I would be surprised if Airasia’s first US destination is Hawaii instead of San Francisco or Los Angeles since Hawaii isn’t a destination travellers would keep on visiting. However Airasia X might be eyeing to leverage on the Japanese to fill up the planes as Japanese are one of the top visitors to Hawaii.
Apart from US, Airasia X is also planning to restart their flight to London (which they once operate) by end of 2017. During happy hour with friends, it seems MAS is getting ready for a price war on London route with Airasia by retrofitting their A380 to all economy seats. Europe or US anyone?