Thai AirAsia X flew to Japan for the first time on 1 September 2014.
The new long-haul low-cost carrier took off from Bangkok’s Don Mueang International Airport at 0100 on Monday morning, for the inaugural service to Tokyo Narita Airport. Flights will now operate daily using a 377-seat, two-class Airbus A330-300 aircraft.
And at 1625 the same afternoon, Thai AirAsia X will commence a new five-times-a-week service between Bangkok and Osaka. Following the launch, flights will operate every Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
“Today is another important day for our airline with inaugural flights for two routes to Japan, namely Bangkok to Tokyo and Bangkok to Osaka,” said Nadda Buranasiri, CEO of Thai AirAsia X.
“Our flights have been well received and we are confident that the demand for low-fare travel between the two countries will continue to increase.”
Nadda also revealed that he plans to increase the number of flights on both routes next year.
“We have already achieved an advance booking rate of 50% for the first quarter of 2015 and have decided to increase flight frequencies during the Songkran (Thai New Year) holiday. Starting from 26 March 2015, Thai AirAsia X will increase its daily flights between Bangkok Don Mueang and Tokyo Narita to offer double daily flights. On the same day, direct flights from Bangkok to Osaka will also increase from five days per week to daily flights,” he said.
Thai AirAsia is the long-haul arm of Thai AirAsia, serving destinations more than four hours flight time from Bangkok. As well as Tokyo and Osaka, Thai AirAsia X also flies to Seoul.