Indonesia AirAsia X to Start Flying Five Times Each Week Bali-Melbourne on December 26, 2014
Indonesia AirAsia Extra – an affiliate of the Malaysian AirAsia Berhad, has confirmed that their inaugural service will operate between Bali and Melbourne, Australia starting in December. The new Indonesian carrier obtained its Air Operators Certificate (AOC) in August 2014 will start flying the new connection between Bali and Melbourne five-times each week, beginning on December 26, 2014.
Australian tourists remain the largest source of foreign tourists to Bali, increasing some 17.70% year-to-date at the end of August 2014. The new service will be flown with Airbus A330-300. The plane will have a configuration of 365 economy seats and 12 premium flat-bed seats. More economical to operate than the Boeing 737s flown by Virgin Australia between Bali and Melbourne, the new Indonesian low-cost airline is expected to go head-to-head competing in both service and price the Australian carrier.
The airline is aiming on garnering a 22% market share on the Melbourne-Bali air route. The CEO of AirAsia Extra, Soeratman Doerachman, told bisnis.com that he was moved to be the first Indonesian low-cost carrier to undertake long-haul flights with the coming commencement of a service connecting Bali with the capital of Victoria, Australia. Indonesia AirAsia Extra is the second overseas affiliate of the Malaysian AirAsia X, following the launch of Thai AirAsia X. Both Thailand and Indonesia are also home to a local AirAsia brand operating domestic and regional routes offered to the low-cost market.
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