AirAsia Expanding Network to Europe and North America, Bangkok and Manila as Hub Cities

Thai AirAsia X (Airbus A330-900neo)

Tony Fernandes, the CEO of Capital A (formerly AirAsia Group), has expressed intentions to expand the airline’s network to Europe and North America. These plans were detailed at an event held at the Malaysia headquarters on January 8th.

The idea is to use Bangkok as a hub for European routes, Manila for North American routes, and Kuala Lumpur for African routes. Bangkok is home to Thai AirAsia, Manila to Philippines AirAsia, and Kuala Lumpur to AirAsia. The North American routes will require the acquisition of new aircraft, with an expected launch in 2025. In 2022, the airline has shown intentions to inaugurate direct flights to London, Dubai, and Istanbul.

Plans are underway to introduce the new Airbus A321neo as early as June. There was no mention of the receipt timeline for the Airbus A350 aircraft.

On the same day, it was indicated that AirAsia X, a subsidiary of Capital A’s aviation division, intends to acquire AirAsia and AirAsia Aviation Group. With this acquisition, AirAsia X aims to become the airline that encompasses all AirAsia branded routes, anticipating an enhancement of market position and higher operational efficiency.

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