AirAsia X cleared to fly to the US and returning to Europe

Airbus A330-300 AirAsia X Photo by Mehdi Nazarinia

AirAsia X has received clearance from the FAA to fly to the US. The airline is the first Asian low-cost carrier to secure approval to operate scheduled passenger flights to the US.

The approval allows AirAsia’s long-haul, low-cost sister airline to operate services to any destination within the US. AirAsia X is currently considering flights to several US states including Hawaii as part of its route expansion plans.

A pioneer in travel and technology, AirAsia offers a wide range of innovative products such as mobile app, extensive self-service options, inflight wifi, inflight entertainment, premium coffee, online duty-free shopping, Premium Flex and Fly-Thru.

Fly-Thru allows guests to seamlessly connect to anywhere within AirAsia’s wide network with just one stop at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – Asia’s No. 1 low-cost carrier hub – and other convenient transit hubs in Thailand and Indonesia, without having to pass through immigration and with their baggage checked through to the final destination.

Also, according to, the airline’s chief executive Tony Fernandes, told German news agency DPA at the World Economic Forum in Davos that he planned to launch two new routes, from Kuala Lumpur to London and Bangkok to Frankfurt this summer. This means the airline is returning to Europe after canceling flights in 2012. Tickets to Frankfurt will cost less than €200. The airline is keen to attract Europeans who want to go on holiday in Southeast Asia as well as Asians wanting to explore Europe.