AirAsia resuming flights to New Zealand

AirAsia last flew to New Zealand in 2011 with flights from Kuala Lumpur to Christchurch.

AirAsia last flew to New Zealand in 2011 with flights from Kuala Lumpur to Christchurch.

AirAsia X is returning to New Zealand with flights from Kuala Lumpur to Auckland via the Gold Coast from March.

The low cost airline headquartered near Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, has been giving hints on social media as to where its latest destination would be.

A series of suggestive tweets posted by AirAsia and its chief executive Benyamin Ismail showed photos of sheep, a bungee jumper and a kiwifruit in the shape of an airline, representing the carrier's next destination.

All was supposed to be unveiled on Tuesday however a flight schedule on the AirAsia website has let the cat out of the bag early showing flights from the Gold Coast to Auckland from on March 23, 27 and 28.

The schedule shows flight D70206 lands in Auckland on March 23, 27 and 28 at 3.30pm and 4pm however tickets cannot yet be purchased and details such as pricing and departure time from Auckland are not available.

*AirAsia boss hints at return to New Zealand
*AirAsia plans return to New Zealand

An AirAsia spokesperson confirmed an announcement regarding flights to New Zealand would be made tomorrow.

Malaysia Airlines is the only other carrier with flights from Malaysia to New Zealand with daily direct flights from Auckland to Kuala Lumpur using an A333.

AirAsia X is the medium and long-haul operation of the AirAsia brand which started in 2001 and flies to more than 100 destinations.

In April 2011 it launched a four-times weekly service to Christchurch, but withdrew in May the following year as it focused on its Asian network and Australia.

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The airline operates a fleet of A330-300 aircraft, which have 377 seats including 365 economy and 12 lie flat business class.

 - Stuff


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