An Airbus from the Malaysian low-cost airline AirAsia, at LCCT airport in Kuala Lumpur.
An Airbus from the Malaysian low-cost airline AirAsia, at LCCT airport in Kuala Lumpur.

AirAsia soon in France

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It's probably the company I've taken most often, with all my travels in Southeast Asia! In this month of October 2009, AirAsia, the Malaysian lowcost, has just filed an application for authorization to practice in France.

Soon a return trip Paris-Kuala Lumpur for less than 400€, as it is the case for London since March 2009?

An Airbus from the Malaysian low-cost airline AirAsia, at LCCT airport in Kuala Lumpur.
An Airbus of the Malaysian lowcost airline AirAsia, at Kuala Lumpur's LCCT airport.

AirAsia would then operate from Orly airport. The announcement was made by Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak on Wednesday evening in Paris at the end of his four-day visit to France.

The DGAC (General Directorate of Civil Aviation) should quickly validate this request. We do not know yet when the line will open, nor how many flights per week will be proposed ...

Kuala Lumpur's practice is that this is a huge air hub serving many destinations in Asia-Pacific. I have often traveled too Malaysia Airlines, according to their promos, for this reason. Once in KL, it is easy and inexpensive to reach Bangkok or Phuket, Bali, Makassar or Jakarta, Vientiane, Hanoi, Siem Reap or Phnom Penh ... and even Australia, India and of course China.

Phang Nga Bay, Thailand, drowned in fog (AirAsia flight KL-Phuket).
Phang Nga Bay, Thailand, drowned in fog (AirAsia flight KL-Phuket).

AirAsia's competition may also further drive down the prices of other airlines for Asian destinations. Malaysian lowcost has a very good reputation in terms of safety (the planes are new), unlike so many others in this part of the world.

I do not have any stock at home, but their very small prices and their reservation system on the internet allowed me to organize steps that I could never have offered otherwise.

The principle: the earlier you book, the cheaper it is. There are regularly "free seats" offers to look out for, tickets in the 20-30€ range via KL for the closest Asian destinations... When you book, you can be sure that you'll be able to get your tickets in the nearest Asian destination... When you book, you'll be able to get your tickets in the nearest Asian destination. my last trip, A / R KL-Tawau cost me € 70, return KL-Kota Bahru € 50.

AirAsia from Paris ? A godsend, really, for budget travellers in love with Asia.

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EDIT. July 2011: I finally flew on AirAsia X, from Paris, shortly after the opening of the line !! To read here :
→ Paris - Kuala Lumpur on AirAsia X

EDIT. January 2012 : Less than a year after the opening of the Paris-KL route, AirAsia decides to close its routes to Europe... Read :
→ AirAsia abandons flights from Paris and London

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  1. To have traveled a few times on Air Asia, I confirm that it is a very good deal. 400 euros Paris-KL, that would be great for you. They could not come so far right? Because our national company, which has of course the monopoly, is downright outrageous.
    Have a nice week end!

  2. I SAY YES !!!!! Little by little the Perhentian's and Sipadan are getting closer to us 😀 But why Paris 😥 ... isn't Marseille the capital ??? 😆

  3. Hello Corinne
    ❓ Well, that's good for you to talk about, because I'm wondering about Air Asia and maybe you'll get some answers:
    - for luggage, I see that it is possible to choose the weight that we record up to 30 kilos with a slight supplement, have you tried? it's effective?
    - can you choose your seat? it works well?
    - do you have to collect your luggage between 2 flights on the same company (example London-Kuala Lumpur-Denpasar)?
    - did you see their premium class and worth it? is it comparable to a business? Which company to compare comfort in eco?
    - did you test the food in flight?

  4. @ Hélène from Mauritius: Pfff, yes, I know, I looked at the rates for Mauritius, it's not given ... An AirAsia flight that would pass through Mauritius, in my opinion, it's not for now.

    @Anthony: Apparently, they had also considered Nice, as a possible airport ...

    @Manta: So, I'll only be able to answer your questions on the Asian flights I've borrowed (I've never tested the London-KL flight yet, so I do not know if it's exactly the same, but in my opinion you will find a lot of information on their site).
    1 / Luggage: yes, during my last resas, I took 25kg of luggage. It must be indicated online when you buy the ticket. It then appears on your e-ticket, so no problem.
    2 / Choose your place: I do not know too much. I think so. I have never done it anyway. At one time, it was not the case, the seats were not even numbered, you went on the plane and you put yourself where you wanted. It's over now, you have a place number assigned on your boarding pass. It seems to me that when you resa online you can choose your place, for a fee. To check, then.
    3 / Collect your luggage: I would be tempted to say yes, you have to get your luggage and re-register, because that's what I had to do by chaining Kota Bahru-KL and KL-Tawau. But with the flight from London, I do not know. There may be information on the site ...
    3 / Classes: not seen the "premium", I can not answer your question. All the flights I took were, once again, domestic flights in Asia, or between Asian countries, and I do not remember seeing any significant difference between the seats in the front rows or in the back ... I do not do not know the level of comfort for the flight from London.
    4 / Food: I have tested some snacks and paid sandwiches on occasion, but not meals, so I can not answer you either. It must not be extraordinary, I think.

    @Malene: Eh eh! It gives holiday desires, huh, what kind of news?

  5. Hi Corinne,

    That's a very good news you are announcing there 😀 . I do the same as you when I go to Malaysia, flight on KL then I arrange my flights on Air Asia. They have flights all over Asia, it's a very good company. I saw that they have the World's Best Low Cost Airline 2009 by Skytrax, that's not bad ❗ . I can't wait to see the price of flights from Paris 😉

    Thanks for the info, I think this blog would deserve to be recognized as a public utility (with funding obviously 🙄 )

    See you soon Corinne 🙂

  6. @Thib: Me too... 😉

    @Alain: Yes, the company is very well "rated". How about I move on to "Little Bubbles of Public Benefit"? 😆

    @ Helen: You, of course, without AirAsia you wouldn't have done the whole trip you did this summer... 🙄

  7. Well, sorry to be the only one among you who doesn't like with whom I've often traveled but stuffing yourself with 12 hours of airfare with the pitch of seats... I wouldn't wish it on my worst enemy! 😯

    Besides, I have a small grudge against them since February 25, 09, when they started to assign numbers to the seats and to charge for the seat numbers... figure that if you don't pay your seat number you'll end up next to anyone but surely not next to those you're traveling with! experienced: it happened to me on 4 flights in a row 😡 , they don't even care that you are traveling with a minor, sitting all alone between two people unknown to him/her and when you ask to change your seat the steward/hostess tells you that it's not really possible even if the plane is empty... because they rush to condemn all the unoccupied seats... 😳
    As I know the annoyance of the Malays to deal with situations of conflict, I simply got up each time and sat on an empty row ... as of course, the staff pouted but no one came to tell me in face to join my place.

    As for the price of the flights, add the file fees, the supplements per baggage (attention the price of the ticket supposes that you travel only with a baggage of about 5kg 🙄 ), the food in the plane and I am not sure that the tariffs are less expensive than those of Bangkok Airways for example, which in another optics, offers systematically the access to the airport lounge with drinks, breakfast etc. to its passengers.

    Regarding AirAsia, I do not recognize the small dynamic company of 5 years ago that deserved at that time its title of best regional low cost with a nice staff (it does not cost anything either), it is now a big Ryanair type of money pump that I avoid to circulate in Asia, for the benefit of Bangkok Airways, Tiger airways, etc.

    M'sia recognizes that her biggest competitor is and I would not be surprised if they continue to make a fairly competitive rate policy to prevent them from spreading on the long haul.
    If you want to pay 100€ to arrive with broken knees in KL or with a phlebitis, it's up to you, personally between one of the best companies in the world in economy class service (M'sia, Etihad, Qatar...) and "the best low cost company 2009" (allow 😆 😆 😆 ) there is not the shadow of a dilemma as far as I'm concerned... and don't dream: Airasia also practices Yield management, prices at 400 Euros, it won't be for everyone 😉 try already to book a London/Kuala A/R on you will see that you have in the 600£ without the various luggages etc.

  8. @ Wet & Sea Very interesting and rich, your comment. I think that Manta, with his questions for which I did not necessarily have a precise answer, will appreciate having your point of view as well, argued and lived. Thank you!

    For my part, having almost always traveled solo since the famous allocation of seats, I never had to suffer the inconvenience of being separated from others, and for good reason ...

    Otherwise, I have never made very long trips on AirAsia, so a possible discomfort of one to three hours, it supports very well. On the other hand, like you, I may be more cautious on long-haul routes from Europe. We should find testimonials of travelers who have already flown from London, and find out what it really cost them with food supplements, luggage, investments, etc., and know the conditions of comfort.

    For the luggage supplement, I seemed to remember that we only paid more than 15kg (but it may have changed?), "Packs" of 5kg or 10kg extra. I still see a young Malaysian in front of me, who had 17kg, and unpacked her bag at the time of the weighing, to remove two pounds of clothes from her checked bag, clothes that she kept with her in a plastic bag in the cabin ...

    Finally, in Thailand, there are certainly a lot of companies that we can prefer. But to reach a lot of other destinations between Asian countries (especially Indonesia), AirAsia fares are still unbeatable. And then, still in Indonesia, I prefer, when I have the choice, to trust an AirAsia plane rather than another cuckoo of the local companies... 😕

    As for departures from Europe, we'll see if we can really get a ticket in the 400€ range in France. For the moment, the airlines I preferred, in terms of service and comfort, to accomplish this long trip of more than ten hours to Asia from Europe remain Malaysia and Singapore Airlines. I liked Emirates and Quatar, too, which often offer very competitive prices, as their planes are new and top notch (great individual screens), the staff very good, but their schedules are often inconvenient and the stopover in Dubai or Doha or elsewhere is sometimes quite long. 😯

    The price remains for me the first criterion, it's true. And I will only choose AirAsia from Paris if it is really worth it (not to save 20 euros). Because if you regularly watch the promos, the price variations, and with flexible dates ±1-3 days, you can really find fares worthy of the lowcosts... For example, for my trip this summer, the Paris-Kuala Lumpur round trip, on KLM, had only cost me 540€ (with decent schedules and a not too long stopover in Amsterdam) 😀
    On this subject, read the post I published: Take off again


  9. Wet & Sea tells anything!
    I took a weight supplement to go from 15 to 20 kg, between Bali and Kuala, it cost me € 2.50; I bought my ticket VERY in advance, I paid 12 euros including taxes, 3 hours flight !!
    So, stop the systematic reviews, I have been taking Air Asia for 4-5 years, all brand new, food aboard not included, but ridiculously cheap (2 € a meat-vegetable tray); the flight has returned to me 14 €!

  10. @ DNL4U: The Wet & Sea review is actually about Air Asia flight from London, not about Air Asia flights in Asia, which we all appreciate, I think. Unbeatable rates and new planes, as you point out. And even the possible "supplements" are indeed derisory.
    On the other hand, not sure that the fare is really competitive from Europe, compared to the prices and regular promotions of a whole bunch of other companies, like Emirates, Malaysia, Qatar, etc.
    That said, nothing to get upset ...

  11. @ Wet & Sea Thin then, no more flight for Manado ... You teach me that. But hey, as you say, he remains Malaysia or Silk Air. I say that you are the voice of wisdom ...

  12. About Manado is over, Air Asia has suspended flights since the end of February 2010, Lembeh will become painful to access.
    The Singapore-Tawau segment also disappeared on the same date, I had to take one of the last flights, goodbye Sipadan direct from S'pore. 😥 .

    Some new features in 2010: bookings fees applied for online payment (LOL when you know that is 100% net.. 😯 ) and some extra fees to pay to have the right to travel on a seat next to his companions (not even a "Hot seat", just a normal seat), otherwise they play the seats to the roulette, which does not bring them anything but just frustrates the travelers.

    As a result, most of my regional flights are now on MH or SilkAir...with a price difference that is not huge but a service that is incomparably better. One day we'll find out that is not the nice company we think it is, but since I'm talking nonsense... 😆 😆 😆

    English proverb that I often come out with: "pay peanuts, get monkeys" ❗