AirAsia X unveils special 9th birthday livery on the Gold Coast

AIR-ASIA X has celebrated its ninth birthday on the Gold Coast with the arrival of Flight D7 206 from Kuala Lumpur.

The airline has flown almost 1.6 million passengers between Kuala Lumpur and the Gold Coast since making its debut flight in November 2007.

Flight D7 206 arrived on the Gold Coast from Kuala Lumpur this morning, featuring a special 9th birthday livery dedicated to its guests and staff.


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AirAsia X started its operation in 2007 with its maiden flight to Gold Coast, Australia on 2 November.

It now has 11 frequencies weekly between the Gold Coast and Kuala Lumpur and in March commenced a daily service between the Gold Coast and Auckland, New Zealand.

AirAsia flight D7 206 arriving on the Gold Coast this morning PHOTO: Supplied

AirAsia flight D7 206 arriving on the Gold Coast this morning PHOTO: Supplied

The airline was the first low-cost long haul airline to fly between Malaysia and Australia and introduced innovations such as premium flatbeds and a Quiet Zone, reserved for passengers aged over 10 years of age.

Benyamin Ismail, CEO of AirAsia X Berhad said, “We have expanded our operations rapidly since our humble beginning in 2007.

“We are now covering 23 destinations across four continents and grown our fleet to 30 Airbus A330s with over 19 million guests flown, and we’ve done it all within a decade.

“This is definitely no mean feat and we couldn’t have done it without the dedication of our Allstars and the unwavering support from our loyal guests.

“To top it all off, we’ve even commissioned an aircraft with a special anniversary livery dedicated for our guests and Allstars, as they are both the driving force behind the airline.

AirAsia flight D7 206 arriving on the Gold Coast this morning PHOTO: Supplied

AirAsia flight D7 206 arriving on the Gold Coast this morning PHOTO: Supplied

“The past nine years have not been without its challenges for AirAsia X, but I believe that we have been through the worst and are now reaping what we have sowed from our on-going turnaround initiatives.

“Returning to the black for three consecutive quarters is just a start; with solid hard work by the team and every Allstar we are confident to achieve full-year profit and take the airline to greater heights.

“Special thanks go to our business partners, airport authorities, and tourism bodies who believed in us and supported us in our journey, including our AirAsia X Allstars who have made this dream possible,” Mr Ismail added.

Queensland Airports Limited CEO Chris Mills said, “Gold Coast Airport and AirAsia X play an important part in each other’s history”.

“The Kuala Lumpur – Gold Coast route was the airline’s first ever service and AirAsia X was Gold Coast Airport’s first long-haul international carrier to Asia when they commenced in 2007.

“AirAsia X’s entry into the Australian market has proved to be a game-changer in affordability of international air travel, and we are delighted to have played a part in their success.”

AirAsia is celebrating nine years in Australia with special one-way fares for two people to Kuala Lumpur from the Gold Coast from $369; from Melbourne and Sydney from $349; and from Perth from $188.

The fares are available for booking from now until sold out with the fares valid for travel from now until 5 February 2017. Head to www.airasia.com to make your booking.

Head to www.airasia.com to make your booking.

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