AirAsia X’s inaugural flight to Auckland, New Zealand landed with almost a full load of passengers on 23rd March 2016 to the airline industry tradition of a water salute. This was followed in the terminal by a New Zealand tradition – a Maori Powhiri ceremony and a welcoming reception attended by New Zealand Government officials and top AirAsia management.
…… We are very happy to be in Auckland today, and we would like to thank everyone from New Zealand who has helped to make the commencement of this route possible, from the airport to our business partners and of course the government of New Zealand. We look forward to connecting more people from across Asia and Australia into this beautiful city of Auckland through the vast route network in the AirAsia Group. I am proud to say that the flight into Auckland today operated at over 95% flight load and we are confident that we will continue to see strong loads moving forward. Benyamin Ismail, AirAsia X Berhad CEO
….. I’m delighted to welcome Air Asia X here to Auckland. This new daily service is a fantastic addition to our international network, not only supporting the growing tourist demand from Malaysia and South East Asia, but providing New Zealanders with another Trans-Tasman route and the opportunity to connect into Air Asia’s extensive network through Asia and India. Adrian Littlewood, Chief Executive of Auckland Airport
Why visit New Zealand?
New Zealand, also known as the land of the long white cloud, Aotearoa in the native Maori tongue, is legendary for its spectacular natural sceneries and distinctive Maori culture. The country has two main Islands simply known as the North and South Island spread over 270,534km2 and reputedly more sheep than people.
The City of Sails with its beautiful harbour perfect for sailing, is located on the North Island and offers a wide range of attractions, from Sky Tower, the tallest building in the Southern Hemisphere to the magnificent volcanic crater at Mount Eden and on to the beautiful Auckland Domain Park, home to the Auckland War Memorial Museum, the Viaduct Harbour and Rangitoto Island.
Why not rent a car and take self-drive option to make the most of the scenic Northland, chasing sands at Ninety Mile beach or visiting Cape Reinga, the Northern tip of New Zealand. You could drive down to Matamata to visit the Hobbiton Movie Set, one of the filming location for The Lord of The Rings Trilogies, within a few hours drive from Auckland.
With the availability of this daily flight service, you can now travel from Kuala Lumpur to Auckland, the largest city in New Zealand with a quick stopover in Gold Coast, Australia. An Australian visa is not required for the quick stopover and Malaysians can travel visa-free to New Zealand for up to three months. Make use of the Fly-Thru option to connect seamlessly to Auckland from other cities within AirAsia Group’s flight network or the Multi-City option to spend a few days on the stopover in Gold Coast ( you will need an Australian visa for a longer stay) before travelling onward to Auckland, allowing even more flexibility into your travel plan. Check the Australian Visa requirements.
Flight ticket promotion
If you’d like to enjoy a trip to Auckland on this new service, AirAsia X have announced a special promotional price in conjunction with the launch. Book an Economy class ticket starting from RM699 (or RM1,999 one-way on the AirAsia X Premium Flatbeds) can be booked at the AirAsia website until 3rd April for travel between 25th March 2016 until 22nd May 2017. Promotional all-in-fares quoted are for one-way travel only inclusive of taxes.
You can also book via the AirAsia mobile app on iPhone and Android devices as well as the AirAsia mobile site.
Flight Schedule Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (KUL) – Auckland, New Zealand (AKL) via Gold Coast, Australia (OOL)
|Flight No.||From||To||Departure||Arrival||Flight Schedule|
|D7 206||KUL||OOL||2140 hrs (9:40pm)||0750 hrs (7:50am)||Daily|
|D7 206||OOL||AKL||0905 hrs (9:50am)||1530 hrs (3:30pm)||Daily|
|D7 207||AKL||OOL||1700 hrs (5pm)||1725 hrs (5:25pm)||Daily|
|D7 207||OOL||KUL||2140 hrs (9:40pm)||0400 hrs (4am)||Daily|
All times are local at respective destinations.