Paris - Kuala Lumpur on Air Asia X.

Paris - Kuala Lumpur on Air Asia X

  Indonesia: Flores + Komodo + Bali - July 2011

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Since the time I speak (Air Asia here, Air Asia by then), this time it's done! I finally tested the brand new Air Asia X line, from Paris to Kuala Lumpur. The route was launched by the Malaysian lowcost airline in February 2011.

January 13, 2012. Small update : Too bad, Air Asia flights to and from Europe will stop from the end of March 2012 ...
Read: Air Asia X abandons flights from Paris and London

Airbus red and white

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 flying 12 hours on this brand new long-haul route from Paris, stamped "X", is a different matter. So I boarded the plane this Sunday, July 3rd, wondering a few questions...

Paris - Kuala Lumpur on Air Asia X.

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.

Paris - Kuala Lumpur on Air Asia X.

Paris - Kuala Lumpur on Air Asia X.

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 ...

Paris - Kuala Lumpur on Air Asia X.


For extra services, 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 excess luggage.

The "comfort kit" consists of a red cover containing a blanket, an airbag and an eye mask. You can keep everything afterwards, but I didn't bother with that...

Comfort Kit. Paris - Kuala Lumpur on Air Asia X.

Can't load me up any more. As for the extra kilos, with my diving equipment and all my underwater photo equipment, I now put in the hold... 27kg!


Meal-wise, the portions aren't huge, but it was enough for me. I think I was right to opt for the Asian menu, with a little spicy rice, as I like it. The "Western" trays from my neighbours seemed much less appetizing.

Tray-meals. Paris - Kuala Lumpur on Air Asia X.

The prepaid meal is divided into two services: a tray with a small bottle of water is served shortly after take-off and another one three hours before landing. If you want extra stuff, you have to buy it when the hostesses pass by 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 I missed, in fact, were the famous flight parameters that most regular airlines broadcast on their long-haul screens: altitude, elapsed time, country overflown, local time at destination, etc.


The paid options I took cost me, all taxes included, 100€ (50€ for the outward journey, 50€ for the return). Amount to be added to the 287€ of the initial 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 ...

Check-in. Paris - Kuala Lumpur on Air Asia X.

Paris - Kuala Lumpur on Air Asia X.

All the same, Air Asia X offers a Premium class which is worth it: there, you have a real bed to spend the 12 hours of flight time comfortably, almost all services, and the fare remains accessible, compared to the seats in First or Business Class of regular airlines.

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 ...

Pearl Hotel, Legian, Bali.

Pearl Hotel, Legian, Bali.

I took another plane the next morning. Batavia Airthis time. A domestic Indonesian company, no longer on the famous "black list" of companies considered dubious... Nevertheless, the plane was very old and the pilot too daring for my taste. Anyway, I arrived at my destination.

Where to?

AT Flores. Still in Indonesia. A long island, east of Bali, after Lombok and Sumbawa, for those who know it. Flores is part of what is called "the little islands of the Sound".

I'm here. Sprawled on the terrace of my little bungalow, facing the sea.


The view from my terrace, in Flores ... Indonesia, July 2011.

I am enjoying my first "lazing around and diving" stage, not far from the town of Maumere. I'll say more in a future post, if I manage to reconnect...

Here, wifi is capricious and power cuts are frequent!


  Indonesia: Flores + Komodo + Bali - July 2011

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  1. @Christelle: For more details, there is a report on the flight Air Asia X, very complete, by a guy who even tested the Premium, here:

    @Corinne: Congratulations, you have the floor price, say so! Frankly, at that price, no hesitation ...

    @Charly: Wait, the real news from Indonesia is coming soon ... It was only practical practice as a teasing. Good luck for the job, the departure is approaching !!!

  2. J’ai mon vol KL > Paris pour avril prochain sur AirAsia X: 205€! Je suis rassurée, ça n’a pas l’air trop mauvais 😉 Amuse-toi bien!

  3. Ah ! Sympa ces petites news d’Indonésie. Je vois que tu es bien arrivée à destination… pendant que d’autres triment sur leur ordi 😉 Mais patience, le Laos approche de mon côté 🙂 En tout cas merci pour ce test, bien utile à l’occasion de futurs voyages en Asie du Sud-Est. Bon séjour, bonnes bulles, profites-en bien !

  4. @Martinoo: Yes, I know, they sent me an email to report "Optiontown" ... So, I signed up for the return flight, which is a night flight. I cross my fingers so that a place is released in Premium. But I will only be informed at the very last moment. We'll see !

    @Alimata: Hey, hey ... That's really crazy, is not it? Side savagery, I'm doing well, I still have wifi in my bungalow on the beach ... Komodo is obviously on the program. Monsieur is a connoisseur, is not he?

    @Alex: Thank you !!! For Air Asia X, no, no link yet from Montreal. But for domestic routes in Southeast Asia, it's really worth it. Good preparations!

  5. Hello!

    Super your blog, it is really well structured;) I added your site to my blogroll.

    Thanks for the post, we are leaving for Bangkok in January and I will consider Air Asia for internal flights. I do not think it's possible to fly with this line from Montreal ...


  6. Maumere? A stone's throw from Alor where we spent 15 days dreaming ... 7 bungalows on a beautiful beach, superb dive sites. What to ask for more. If you need information, do not hesitate to contact me, otherwise will have a look at the article and photos dedicated to this trip with Alor Divers:

    Bonnes plongées et bon séjour dans ce merveilleux pays 😀

  7. I was wondering what it could do on long haul. Tested on short, and approved, I have no more doubt ...
    Thank you and have a good trip!

  8. I'm going to have to test ... at the beginning, I thought the article about a company ... let's say ... olé olé what ^^

  9. @isaM: Je sais bien, j’avais déjà vu votre post… 😉 J’ai hésité à inclure Alor dans ce séjour-ci, mais c’était un poil court, il m’aurait fallu une petite semaine de plus… J’irai, je pense, lors d’un prochain voyage !!!

    @Ye Lili: Well ... It's nothing special, it's obviously not worth a company like Emirates, but it's very correct for the price I had ...

    @Piotr: Yes, I almost made a joke about it. But I abstained, telling myself that a commentator would not fail to do it ...

  10. Hi Corinne,

    Many heard about this company, I'm happy to find an article "feedback". € 387 round trip is almost given. I looked at the prices for my stay, they were not necessarily cheaper than other companies.

    Enjoy your trip and good luck. 8)


  11. Flores, just great to dive, you'll love it !!!

    Le parc de Komodo est top depuis Labuanbajo (vu l’année dernière), trop plein de bons spots avec tellement de poissons, de requins et de mantas en pagaille 🙂

    I'm there in late August to ... just dive.

    Good bubbles and a +

  12. "Off promo, they are not much more interesting than some regular companies can offer"

    It was true, but because of the Icelandic volcano last year, the rise in oil, etc., the rates on some great companies like Etihad or Qatar Airways have since doubled. It's simple: I left in Asia at the end of 2009 with Qatar Airways: roundtrip ticket London-Bangkok about 430 euros. In 2007 I made a round trip Paris-Mumbai for about 540 euros with the same company (which I love).
    London-Bangkok, or starting from Paris, at the beginning of the year to leave in the autumn: more than 800 euros minimum !! Finally, I also took an Air Asia ticket to leave (like you, in Indonesia, then in Thailand, Laos and Vietnam, for a little over 4 months) in September, I had in all for about 550 euros.
    I'm diving on Pulau Weh, then maybe in Bali (it looks good to me) and then Flores. I will follow your blog ...
    I do not know if you know, there is a very interesting mini sports camera for diving, the GoPro HD. I just ordered one, just to enjoy the dives while filming them.

  13. Forget the GoPro, I just see that you have an Ikelite ... I also have a 7D, but the box remains a sweet dream ...

  14. @Vincent: Yes, it looks nice, the GoPro, and all light. But he does pretty things, my 7D, on land as under water:

    @David: Yes, have to watch. The subscription to their Newsletter allows to be kept informed of specials.

    @Annabelle: Ah! You'll see, Indonesia, it's really nice ... The more I go back, the more I like.

  15. Moi aussi je testé la compagnie plusieurs fois, mais pas encore sur ce type de long courriers…Quand on arrive à avoir les prix plancher, c’est assez sidérant, chanceuse 🙂


  16. @NowMadNow: Same, it was my first flight on Air Asia long-haul. At the price I managed to get, it is clear that there is no hesitation.

  17. Hello,
    Thank you for this article which brings me a lot of answers to the questions I asked myself about Air Asia X, especially about comfort.
    By cons, I think like you that the prices are not that interesting and that we can pay almost the same price to reach Asia via the Emirates.
    For the final destination, of course it's dreaming ...
    See you soon.

  18. Hello Sandrine,

    The comfort kit is really not too much I think! How much should you add?
    J’ai le souvenir d’un Bangkok / Sydney sur Air Asia ou je me suis caillé pendant les 6 heures de trajet à cause de la clim à fond… J’ai regretté ma petite couverture ! 😛
    Thank you for sharing anyway, and I remain in sleep to find good rates for an Asian travel project!
    See you soon

  19. Hello Corinne
    Le kit confort est bien utile en effet sur de longues distances. J’ai le souvenir d’un Bangkok / Sydney sur Air Asia où j’ai eu froid pendant 6 heures à cause de la climatisation à fond… 😆
    Thank you for sharing anyway and see you soon

  20. Hello! this company seems very nice to me but I'm on the site and I see no departure from Paris? is there a trick?
    thank you for this great site
    See you soon

    1. @obscur: I had to read the little update I made at the beginning of the article, at the top, in the gray pad, explaining that Air Asia X flights from Paris (and London) were going to be deleted. I give it below ...

      ➡ January 13th, 2012. Update: damage, Air Asia flights to and from Europe will stop from the end of March 2012 ...
      See :

      Ces vols depuis l’Europe n’existent donc plus depuis plusieurs mois… 🙁

  21. Hello, I came across your blog looking for info on the Small Islands of the Sonde where we would like to leave in May: I am taped! I too was fond of traveling and diving, I have never been to Indonesia before, but after that I'm impatient! I just read all your articles on this trip and I see that I'm not mistaken destination, it's a very complete trip, between diving, idleness and beautiful walks. Congratulations, your blog is really beautiful. Moreover, I totally share your love of Mantas. I dreamed about it for a long time, and I only met one in Madagascar near Nosy Be, but I'm not ready to forget it! And I can not wait to start again: komodo! Thank you again for these beautiful pictures!

    1. @Laure: My my my ! Yes, the Small Islands of the Sunda and Indonesia in general are a fantastic destination ... I am delighted to have comforted you in your desire to go there with my Little Bubbles Elsewhere. And you risk to taste it and want to go back ...

      I cross my fingers so that you meet the rays-mantas in Komodo !!! Bon voyage and good bubbles !!!