AirAsia X has revealed that it carried 640,000 passengers in Q1 2011, an increase of 56.5% over the same quarter last year. The expansion was achieved following the addition of six new routes since Q1 2010, connecting Kuala Lumpur with Mumbai, Delhi, Tehran, Seoul, Tokyo, and Paris. The carrier’s fleet size also increased in size from from 8 to 11 aircraft.
When measured in revenue passenger kilometres (RPK), AirAsia X’s demand increased 59.8%. It’s capacity grew by 48%, with load factors averaging 81%.
Azran Osman-Rani, CEO of AirAsia X said; “Our continued rapid growth trajectory is testament to the breakthrough long-haul model that we have pioneered, which unlocks significant latent demand that exists between Southeast Asia and the major markets in North Asia, Australia, India, Middle East and Europe, which is unserved by traditional low-cost carriers. The longer range of our aircraft is perfectly suited for the geographically dispersed Asia Pacific landscape.”
AirAsia X is the long-haul, low-cost affiliate of Malaysia’s AirAsia Group.