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This is probably the company that I took most often, with all my travels in Southeast Asia! In this month of October 2009, Air Asia, the Malaysian lowcost, has just filed an application for authorization to practice in France.
Soon a return Paris-Kuala Lumpur to less than 400 €, as it is the case for London since March 2009?
Air Asia would then operate from Orly airport. The announcement was made by Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak on Wednesday night in Paris after 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.
Air Asia's competition is also likely to pull other companies' prices down further for Asian destinations. The Malaysian lowcost has a very good reputation in terms of safety (planes are new), unlike so many others in this region of the world.
The principle: the earlier we reserve, the less expensive it is. There are regularly "free seats" offers to look for, tickets in the 20-30 € via KL for the nearest Asian destinations ... When my last trip, A / R KL-Tawau cost me € 70, return KL-Kota Bahru € 50.
Air Asia from Paris? A boon, really, for the budget travelers in love with Asia.