Board of Director AirAsia X Malaysia Dato' Fam Ee Lee; CEO AirAsia X Malaysia Mr. Benyamin Ismail; Governor of Okinawa Prefecture Mr Denny Tamaki; Chairman AirAsia X Berhad Tan Sri Rafidah Aziz; Deputy Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Malaysia The Honourable Tuan Muhammad Bakhtiar bin Wan Chik; Secretary General, Okinawa Convention & Visitors Bureau Mr Norihiro Mejima flanked by Cabin Crew.
AirAsia flight D7 384 landed at Naha Airport this afternoon, marking the airline’s maiden flight to Okinawa, Japan and the beginning of a unique low-cost passageway connecting the island with East Asia and Southeast Asia, providing over 150,000 visitor seats annually.
Deputy Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture Malaysia, YB Tuan Muhammad Bakhtiar bin Wan Chik, AirAsia X Chairman Tan Sri Rafidah Aziz, AirAsia X Board of Director Dato’ Fam Lee Ee and AirAsia X CEO Benyamin Ismail who were onboard the inaugural flight were greeted by Okinawa Prefecture Governor Denny Tamaki at Naha Airport on arrival.
Tan Sri Rafidah Aziz said, “With the addition of Okinawa as a new destination, starting today, AirAsia X flies to 35 destinations and together with AirAsia Group, our combined fleet of over 250 aircraft can now connect Okinawa with over 150 destinations across ASEAN, Asia Pacific, the Middle East and the US”.
“AirAsia’s large fleet and broad network enable us to operate at optimum efficiency and low cost, which is why we can continue to offer the region’s best value fares to our guests. With this new route, we welcome more travelers to join over 600 million guests who have flown with us so far.”
Guest from Kuala Lumpur to Okinawa Naha are not required to obtain a visa during their one-hour stopover in Taipei and may return to their seats after clearing a quick security check of their carry-on bags and inflight belongings.
“As we begin to accept the delivery of the technologically advanced Airbus A330neo aircraft later this year, the Group will continue to evaluate and consider launching exciting and viable new routes to destinations such as in Eastern Europe, within Asia and Australia. Such new routes, if viable, can accelerate domestic and regional tourism growth, especially in key markets with high demand,” added Tan Sri Rafidah.
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