AirAsia X will fly to the United States

Peter Terlato 25 January 2017

AirAsia X plane

The airline is also hoping to resume its London service.

Asia Pacific budget airline AirAsia X has been cleared by the Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) to operate flights to any destination within the United States.

AirAsia must decide which routes to fly, including possible services to Hawaii, as part of expansion plans.

This is the first time an Asian budget airline has been given approval by the FAA to fly to the US.

"Our expansion up until now has concentrated on Asia, Australasia and the Middle East, and we are excited about our first foray into an entirely new market," AirAsia X CEO Datuk Kamarudin Meranun said.

As part of the expansion, the airline seeking approval to restore its Kuala Lumpur-London services.

The service, incredibly popular among Australian travellers, was canned in 2012 due to the high cost of fuel needed to power the airline's A340s that operated the route.

From 2018 the airline will take delivery of 66 new Airbus A330neo aircraft in an effort to reboot the route.

Last week AirAsia X revealed it had upgraded its in-flight entertainment options for Aussie passengers.

The new tablets support five languages (English, Bahasa Malaysia, Mandarin, Korean, Japanese), contain movies, music, games and magazines and are complimentary for all Premium Flatbed customers.

AirAsia currently flies to over 120 Asia Pacific destinations, including 60 unique Asean routes.

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