According to an article published this month on independent.co.uk, travelers will be able to fly to Asia for less than £ 100 (€ 119) thanks to a new no-frills service from London to Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia.
AirAsiaX, backed by Sir Richard Branson's Virgin Group, will fly from London's Stansted Airport to Kuala Lumpur International Airport five times a week starting in March. According to the airline, around 40% of the seats will be priced at 99 pounds (€ 117.60), with an expected average price of 150 pounds (€ 178), below the rates of 500 pounds (€ 594) of any typical rival.
Passengers will be able to connect with cheap flights to Hong Kong, Thailand or Australia, which drastically lowers the cost of a vacation in the most popular destinations in Asia. Connecting flights cost just £ 40 (€ 47.50) to Bali, £ 98 (€ 116.40) to Hong Kong and £ 248 (€ 294.50) to Melbourne.
Like European airlines without extra services, AirAsiaX will offer a basic service, charging passengers 3 or 4 pounds (€ 3.60 or € 4.75) for meals and 5 pounds (€ 6) for an entertainment system . The parent company, AirAsia, known as the Ryanair of the Far East, will use an Airbus 340 for the 12-hour flight. Reservations can be made from midnight on November 26 through the Air Asia website.
For Tony Fernandes, President of AirAsia, this route is the realization of a long-held dream: to open affordable access between Europe and the states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).
Flights will take place between March 11 and October 24, 2009.
Source: The Independent