Thursday, September 10, 2009

AirAsia launches Kota Kinabalu to Brunei direct

By James Kon

AirAsia's maiden flight from Kota Kinabalu to Bandar Seri Begawan touched down yesterday afternoon with a big load of passengers, to mark a new direct route introduced by the low-cost Malaysian airlines to boost its East Malaysia connectivity.

The new service will be the airline's 6th international service from Kota Kinabalu and 2nd international service from Brunei (besides flights to Kuala Lumpur).

The daily AirAsia schedule for KK to BSB and vice-versa is taking off from Kota Kinabalu at 4.20pm and arriving at Bandar Seri Begawan at 5pm and then take-off from Bandar Seri Begawan at 5.25pm and touch-down in Kota Kinabalu at 6.05pm.

Yesterday's first AirAsia flight from Bandar Seri Begawan to Kota Kinabalu received more than a hundred passengers.

According to an AirAsia press statement, the daily flight from Kota Kinabalu and Brunei, is open for sale for the booking period from July 3-12, 2009 for the travel period from Sept 9, 2009 to April 30, 2010.

In conjunction with the launch, AirAsia will be offering an all-in-fare from RM29 one way. This offer is made exclusively online via

Kota Kinabalu is AirAsia's second and biggest hub after Kuala Lumpur, serving nine domestic routes that include Penang, Johor Bahru, Kuala Lumpur, Kuching, Sibu, Miri, Labuan, Tawau, Sandakan, while the international sectors are Macau, Shenzhen, Clark, Jakarta and Singapore.

The flight for the new sector that commenced yesterday, will cater to the emergent demands from East Malaysia. This new service will not only stimulate travel and enhance connectivity but also tap the existing market from Brunei and feed the traffic to AirAsia's vast route network in the region and beyond, including routes serviced by AirAsia's long-haul affiliate, AirAsia X.

Arriving on flight AK 6212, one of the passengers Mr Joseph Law who is visiting his relative, said, "We had a smooth and safe flight into Brunei Darussalam. There was no problem on the flight."

Another passenger Mr Loi with his family of eight who are in Brunei for five days to visit his sister said, "We had a smooth and safe flight, the plane is very new and was on schedule. We had no problems."

Asked if he would use AirAsia again, he replied, "Yes, it's very convenient and affordable now. We can visit my sister and her husband more frequently with AirAsia."

Courtesy of Borneo Bulletin

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