AirAsia Berhad the popular Malaysian low-cost airline headquartered near Kuala Lumpur, on Wednesday launched its inaugural flight between Singapore, Bintulu and Malaysia.
AirAsia is the largest airline in Malaysia by fleet size and destinations; the AirAsia Group also operates scheduled domestic and international flights to more than 165 destinations spanning 25 countries.
According to the airliner’s update on 27 December, 2017, the connecting flights between Singapore, Bintulu and Malaysia will take one hour and 50 minutes.
‘The route is part of efforts to boost connectivity and drive trade and tourism between Singapore and East Malaysia,’ said AirAsia in today’s press release.
Flights are expected to operate four times per week.
Speaking at the launch, Mr. Spencer Lee, head of commercial at AirAsia, said the company is always committed to expanding connectivity to Singapore.
‘These direct flights reiterate our commitment to grow the connectivity in and out of the country,’ Lee was quoted as saying.
‘It is our hope that the introduction of this new route will bring more visitors into Singapore next year, and this is only made possible by the continuous support rendered by Singapore’s Government and Sarawak Tourism Board.’
The international travel and airline awards has consistently named AirAsia as the world’s best low cost carrier for 8 years in a row, including the latest award for 2016.
AirAsia operates with the world’s lowest unit cost of US$0.023 per available seat kilometer (ASK) and a passenger break-even load factor of 52%, reports confirm, and has hedged 100% of its fuel requirements for the next three years.
The company also boasts of an aircraft turnaround time of 25 minutes.
In addition to its numerous successes, airline critics says AirAsia has a crew productivity level that is better than that of Malaysia Airlines.
Its affiliates include: Thai AirAsia, Indonesia AirAsia, Philippines AirAsia, and AirAsia India have hubs in Don Mueang International Airport, Soekarno–Hatta International Airport, Ninoy Aquino International Airport, and Kempegowda International Airport respectively, while its sister airline, AirAsia X, focuses on long-haul routes.
According to Channel News Asia, the maiden flight which departed Singapore at 9.10am and landed in Bintulu Airport at 11am, was received by officials including Bintulu Member of Parliament Tiong King Sing and Mr Lee Kim Shin, Sarawak’s Assistant Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture.