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AirAsia X Flights to the US

USA AirAsia X Flights

In the latest Malaysian aviation news, AirAsia X flights to the US has been cleared by the FAA on the 24th of January 2017.

When the long haul budget airline will start flying, it has not been officially announced. However, related media reports had indicated that AirAsia X flights to the UK and Frankfurt will commence in the summer of 2017.

Update: AirAsia connects to the USA via AirAsia Japan.

AirAsia X Flights to the USA

AirAsia X is also the first Asian low-cost carrier to operate flights to the USA and the approval from the Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) allows the airline to fly to any destination in the US.

Destinations include Hawaii is one of them and it could be a connecting flight via Japan. This is also huge news for the aviation industry in Asia as it is now getting very competitive in terms of destinations.

US AirAsia X Flights
AirAsia X, Malaysia's leading long-haul budget carrier

In May 2016, we had announced in Malaysia Asia about AirAsia X Flights to Hawaii, where it would connect via Japan.

The news did not indicate exactly when, but the AirAsia X flights to the US should most likely start in mid to end of 2017.

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Update on Aug 17, 2018, from the Nikkei Asian Review;

AirAsia Group aims to fly to Los Angeles and San Francisco on the west coast of the U.S. by 2020 from its base in Southeast Asia via Japan, Chief Executive Tony Fernandes told the Nikkei Asian Review on Thursday.

Asia’s largest budget carrier has grown rapidly in the region, but Fernandes underlined his strategy to take passengers to North America and Europe as the company's next step of development. He sees Japan as a connecting hub between Asia and the west.

AirAsia's ambitions will heighten competition in the region, especially with Japanese full-service carriers that have long dominated long-haul flights to the west, exerting further pressure on airfares. "Japan serves as a fantastic hub for us, as it only takes 12 hours to L.A. or San Francisco, as well as 10 hours to Europe," said Fernandes. The group will use some of the newly ordered Airbus A330neo widebody jets for the long-haul flights. It is expecting delivery of 100 of those from the end of 2019.

AirAsia X, the group’s long-haul unit, will handle the flights to the west coast via Japan either from Malaysia or Thailand. Nagoya is under consideration as the Japanese stopover hub, such as the group's subsidiary is based there. "We can provide opportunities to customers who care about affordability, and also to Asian customers who want to discover regions other than Tokyo or Osaka," said Fernandes.

AirAsia X launched flights to Hawaii from Kuala Lumpur in June 2017, with a stopover in Osaka, becoming the first low-cost carrier to serve this route, which was monopolized by full-service carriers, such as local ANA Holdings and Japan Airlines.

Around 80% of passengers that fly this route are Japanese, the company said. It announced in May that it will add daily flights serving this route from four times a week, at a promotional discounted rate of just 12,900 yen ($116) for each leg..

Despite its success in serving this route, the company's ambitions for Nagoya have yet to receive Japanese regulatory approval. He complained that "regulatory approvals are so slow in Japan" and that "regulators should facilitate business."

AirAsia Group has rapidly expanded in Japan. Thai AirAsia X launched Bangkok-Sapporo flights in April and Bangkok-Nagoya will begin in October. Its Japanese subsidiary plans to start Nagoya-Taiwan by the end of this year and Fernandes is also considering South Korea and Guam. However, the group will cease Tokyo-Jakarta flights at the end of September. That route was only launched in May, but full-service carriers dominate that sector which is often used by business travelers.

Japan offers ample room for growth, compared with Southeast Asia where there are many low-cost carriers. According to Professor of Airline Business at J.F. Oberlin University Ryu Tanji, low-cost carriers served 50% of international flights from Malaysia in 2017 and 38% from Indonesia, but only 23% from Japan, highlighting the growth potential.

ANA and JAL are also rethinking their business models. ANA recently announced that it would consolidate its low-cost carrier subsidiaries to begin flights to Southeast Asia while JAL said it is planning to launch a budget airline from Japan to Europe and the U.S.

AirAsia's new plans to serve western markets marks its second attempt. It withdrew from Europe in 2012, cutting flights from Kuala Lumpur to London and Paris, due to hefty costs incurred from a rise in fuel prices. It now hopes that the newly developed aircraft will make the budget model sustainable for long-haul flights with better fuel efficiency and higher seat capacity. According to research from MIDF investment bank, AirAsia X’s new order for the twin-aisle A330neo will reduce fuel consumption by 25%, compared with existing aircraft of a similar size.


AirAsia X has been aggressively promoting many new flight destinations in the last couple of years where one of the much talked about new routes was the AirAsia X flights to Mauritius, creating a budget gateway to the paradise islands in the Indian Ocean.

There have been many other new destinations for the Malaysian long-haul budget carrier and dreams of visiting faraway places are now becoming a reality.
Especially for budget travelers, now you can start making plans to visit America as when the AirAsia X flights to the US is launched, there will surely be some promotions tickets. 

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