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.

Air Asia soon in France

Dear English-speaking readers, this page is an automatic Google translation from a post originally written in French. My apologies for the weird sentences and the funny mistakes that could have been generated during the process. If you can read French, the original and correct version can be found here:

  Between Two Journeys

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?

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

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.

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

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.

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 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.

sources :
→ Tourism magazine
→ AFP on Google News

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

EDIT. January 2012: less than a year after the opening of the Paris-KL line, Air Asia decides to close its connections to Europe ... Read:
→ Air Asia abandons flights from Paris and London

  Between Two Journeys

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