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Since the time I speak (Air Asia here, Air Asia by then), this time, that's it! I finally tested the brand new Air Asia X line from Paris to Kuala Lumpur. The link was launched by the Malaysian lowcost company in February 2011.
As I already wrote in other posts, Air Asia is probably the company that I have most often stolen, because it allows to circulate everywhere in Southeast Asia, for cheap. The lowcost is good ...
But to type 12 hours of flight, on this brand new long-haul line from Paris, stamped "X", it's another matter. So I embarked this Sunday, July 3, asking me a few questions ...
I was afraid of being a little cramped and finally, I'm fine. I did not measure the spacing between the seats, but they seemed comparable to any other airplane seats.
The plane looked new or almost. A red and white Airbus, with the colors of the company.
Two pigeons perched on the cockpit while I waited in the departure lounge. It seemed like a good omen for the trip ...
For services and more, you have to pay: this is the principle of lowcost companies. So I had bought my meals in advance, as well as my "comfort kit" and the extra luggage.
The "comfort kit" consists of a red cover containing a blanket, an airbag, an eye mask. We can keep everything then, but I did not get cluttered with that ...
Can not load anymore. Because for the extra pounds, with my diving equipment and all my bardas for the photo under water, I now put in the hold ... 27kg!
As for meals, the portions are not huge, but that was enough for me. I think I was right to opt for the Asian menu, based on rice a little spicy, as I like. The "western" trays of my neighbors seemed less appealing to me.
The prepaid meal is divided into two services: we are entitled to a tray with a small bottle of water a little after takeoff, then to another three hours before landing. If you want more stuff, you have to buy them at the hostess with their trolley.
I refrained from renting a small screen to watch movies, really not essential, saw the turnips on the program, even to kill time.
The thing that I missed, in fact, are the famous flight settings that most regular airlines broadcast on the screens of their long haul: altitude, time elapsed, countries overflown, local time at the destination, etc.
The paid options I took cost me, all taxes included, 100 € (50 € one way, 50 € return). Amount to add to the 287 € of the original return ticket. Total: € 387.
Price more than correct, in my humble opinion, to reach Asia ... I managed to get this ticket at a low price in November, during the great launch promo.
Since then, I've looked at the rates on the Air Asia website. And frankly, excluding promo, they are not much more interesting than that may offer some regular companies, very competitive destinations like Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore ...
Air Asia X still offers a premium class that is worth it: there, we have a real bed to spend comfortably the 12 hours of flight, almost all services, and the price remains accessible, compared to places in Premiere or Business Class regular companies.
At check-in, I jealousy of a group of young people who went to ask their backpacks at the counter of the Premium ... Small guys who had to get their seat at the famous promo of November, I Assumed.
Final destination ?…
Well, it's not all that ... Take the plane, it's still not the most thrilling, in a trip.
I only went to the airport LCCT from Kuala Lumpur. To embark immediately, on another flight, Air Asia Indonesia, this time. Cape on Denpasar (Bali). Short trip of less than 3 hours.
Bali, I only stayed one night. In a very charming hotel that I recommend, the Bali Hotel Pearl. A French-run resort with a small pool and a pretty quiet garden, ideally located on the edge of Legian and Kuta, just steps from the beach.
We are obviously not in tariffs backpackersbut the place remains affordable. Ideal to recover from the shift and the fatigue of the journey when arriving ...
I took another plane the next morning. Batavia Airthis time. An Indonesian domestic company, which is no longer on the famous "black list" of companies considered doubtful ... Nevertheless, the plane was very old and the pilot too daring for my taste. No matter, I arrived at my destination.
AT Flores. Still in Indonesia. A long island, east of Bali, after Lombok and Sumbawa, for those who know. Flores is part of what is called "the small islands of the Sunda".
I'm here. Sprawled on the terrace of my little bungalow, facing the sea.
I savor my first step "lazing and diving", not far from the city of Maumere. I will say more in a future post, if I manage to reconnect ...
Here, the wifi is capricious and power cuts are frequent!