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AirAsia X to launch Kuala Lumpur-Brisbane direct flights in June 2017?

by on March 4, 2017
 

A quick check of timetables released on the Brisbane Airport website suggests a new AirAsia X Brisbane flight could commence in early June 2017. Brisbane Airport maintains publicly accessible timetables that are available for download on its website. Whilst this is by no means confirmation of the service, it is an interesting development that airline watchers have been anticipating.

Economy Traveller has sought comment from airline representatives about this possible development.  Update: After a number of guarded conversations, we can confirm that this route isn’t currently scheduled to happen any time soon. If this changes, we’ll be very quick to update our readers.

Please note that Malaysia Airlines is confirmed to resume service on the Kuala Lumpur – Brisbane route in June 2018.

Scheduling

According to the timetable, D7 272 is scheduled to arrive in Brisbane from Kuala Lumpur at 4:45 AM. The return flight D7 273 departs for Kuala Lumpur after a short 75 minute turnround at 6:00 AM. These flights are scheduled 4 days a week on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. If true, it’d be the first time a scheduled AirAsia X flight has connected Brisbane to Kuala Lumpur. It will also be the only direct flight connecting the two cities since Malaysia Airlines withdrew in August 2015.

AirAsia X Brisbane flights to commence ion June 2017?

Should this schedule be confirmed, it suggests a midday arrival in Kuala Lumpur, which is great for onward connections and checking to local hotels. Likewise, the return evening departure from Kuala Lumpur allows for inbound connections or more time to spend in the city.

About AirAsia X

AirAsia X is the long-haul arm of Malaysian LCC AirAsia. Its first flight in 2007 was from Kuala Lumpur to Gold Coast Airport, beginning an enduring relationship with South East Queenslanders. The airline currently has a fleet of 22 Airbus A330-300s, which also fly to Sydney, Melbourne and Perth. Direct flights to Kuala Lumpur provide access to AirAsia Groups’s wide network serving Asia, the Middle East and India. Additionally, flights to Honolulu are set to begin in June.

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  • Graeme
    November 14, 2017 at 5:37 AM

    Brian,

    Air Asia have recently stopped selling seats on their four times a week KUL-OOL- KUL service(D7200/201). They are not selling these flights after the 14th of April 2018(last day of Commonwealth Games). Either this route is unprofitable or they may be about to reschedule this service to BNE, as you have alluded.

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    • November 14, 2017 at 9:21 AM

      Thanks for the heads up, that’s a good observation. We can’t seem to find any D7200/201 scheduled after the Games either. We’ll definitely be keeping an eye on this!

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      • Graeme
        November 14, 2017 at 11:12 AM

        Thanks for the feedback, Brian. I think something is afoot here. The dummy schedule on the Brisbane Airport website quoted in your article, operates on the same days and similar times of day as the current D7 200/201 service.

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  • Graeme
    November 22, 2017 at 6:17 AM

    Further Update: All D7200/201 flights have now been removed from the Reservations Booking site after the 1st of February. This is a significant development, as it is now well before the Commonwealth Games.

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