By AirAsia on January 24, 2020
NAHA, JANUARY 2020 – AirAsia flight D7 384 landed at Naha Airport this afternoon, marking the airline’s maiden flight to Okinawa, Japan and the beginning of a unique low-cost passageway connecting the island with East Asia and Southeast Asia, providing over 150,000 visitor seats annually.
Deputy Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture Malaysia YB Tuan Muhammad Bakhtiar bin Wan Chik, AirAsia X Chairman Tan Sri Rafidah Aziz, AirAsia X Board of Director Dato’ Fam Lee Ee and AirAsia X CEO Benyamin Ismail who were onboard the inaugural flight were greeted by Okinawa Prefecture Governor Denny Tamaki at Naha Airport on arrival.
Tan Sri Rafidah Aziz said, “With the addition of Okinawa as a new destination, starting today, AirAsia X flies to 35 destinations; and together with AirAsia Group, our combined fleet of over 250 aircraft can now connect Okinawa with over 150 destinations across Asean, Asia Pacific, the Middle East and the US.”
“AirAsia’s large fleet and broad network enable us to operate at optimum efficiency and low cost, which is why we can continue to offer the region’s best value fares to our guests. With this new route, we welcome more travellers to join over 600 million guests who have flown with us so far.
“This year is also Visit Malaysia Year 2020, and many events and activities are being mounted to attract foreign visitors and to showcase Malaysia’s natural attractions, cultural diversity, and of course the opportunities and potential for doing business, in and with Malaysia, to cater for the domestic, regional and global markets.
“As we begin to accept the delivery of the technologically-advanced Airbus A330neo aircraft later this year, the Group will continue to evaluate and consider launching exciting and viable new routes to destinations such as in Eastern Europe, within Asia and Australia. Such new routes, if viable, can accelerate domestic and regional tourism growth, especially in key markets with high demand,” added Tan Sri Rafidah.
Guests from Kuala Lumpur to Okinawa Naha are not required to obtain a visa during their one-hour stopover in Taipei and may return to their seats after clearing a quick security check of their carry-on bags and inflight belongings.
To celebrate its successful maiden entry to Okinawa, AirAsia is offering members-only fares from Kuala Lumpur to Okinawa Naha starting from RM399* one-way on standard seats and RM899* one-way on the award-winning Premium Flatbeds, available for booking on airasia.com from now until 26 Jan 2020 for immediate travel until 23 Oct 2020. Sign up as an AirAsia BIG member today to enjoy the exclusive members-only discount.
AirAsia is partnering with Berjaya Hotels & Resorts in a joint-marketing collaboration to promote travel to Okinawa following the hotel group’s recent launch of ANSA Okinawa Resort, a 123-room property located on the high ground of Uruma City with panoramic views of the East China Sea and the Pacific Ocean. Guests can now enjoy an exclusive 50% discount for all room bookings at ANSA Okinawa Resort by using the promo code AAXBHR on www.ansahotels.com/okinawa, promotion valid for booking from now until 22 February 2020 for check-in dates between 22 January 2020 and 30 June 2020.
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* Promotional all-in-fares are for AirAsia BIG member only. All-in non-member fares start from RM404 for one-way travel inclusive of taxes. Terms and conditions apply.