AirAsia X, AirAsia’s longhaul low-cost sister airline, has received clearance from the Federal Aviation Authority to fly to the US.
The airline is the first Asian LCC to secure approval to operate scheduled passenger flights to any destination within the US. The airline is currently considering flights to several states, as well as Hawaii, as part of its route expansion plans.
AirAsia X Group’s CEO Datuk Kamarudin Meranun said: “Our expansion up until now has concentrated on Asia, Australasia and the Middle East, and we are excited about our first foray into an entirely new market as we look beyond Asia-Pacific. We are also looking to resume our very popular London route, and are working towards securing the necessary approvals.”
He further credits the clearance to the late group COO Anaz Ahmad Tajuddin who passed away two weeks ago due to cancer.
AirAsia Group flies to over 120 destinations in the Asia-Pacific.