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Fare Reductions, Better In-flight Services and Loyalty Rewards Keep Corporate Travellers Chipper

Corporates have rarely had it so good, with a recent airfare study indicating the price of corporate Economy Class tickets dropped on key international routes in 2016 and fell by as much as 7% on the top domestic routes, according to the latest 4D FOCUS – Australian Aviation and Airfare Analysis.

The report, which was produced by 4th Dimension, Flight Centre Travel Group’s (FCTG) business travel consulting division, includes a benchmarking study that compares the price of corporate and leisure airfares purchased in 2016 compared to airfares purchased in 2015 and 2014.

4D’s analysis of corporate and leisure tickets purchased through the FCTG’s staple of travel brands, demonstrates that Australian travellers continue to see excellent value from the price of their air tickets.

Compounding the positive news for travellers is the fact that Australian airlines are heavily focused on improving the whole travel experience – from take-off to touch-down as they vie for customer loyalty.

Since 2014, Qantas has upgraded 100 Airbus A330 and 737 aircraft with new interiors, opened new lounges around the country and the carrier is also on the verge of introducing free high-speed Wi-Fi in the domestic market.

John Simeone, Qantas’ Head of Business and Government Sales, said in the report, “This year, we’re entering a new era with the introduction of free high-speed Wi-Fi in the domestic market and the arrival of Qantas’ first Dreamliner, opening up breakthrough routes like Perth – London.”

Meanwhile in the Virgin Australia camp – the brand has started a three month trial of testing in-flight Wi-Fi on its Boeing 737-800 aircraft.

These are but a few of the perks travellers now enjoy when travelling for work or play.

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FCTG Managing Director, Graham Turner, said it’s been positive to see 2016/17 airfares remain competitive.

“Airfares are still extremely affordable for domestic and international travel and I think despite some of the distractions we’re seeing globally – the corporate and leisure travel industry will continue to perform throughout the rest of 2017,” Mr Turner said.

Below is a takeout of some of the key findings in 4D’s report.

Domestic Travel – CORPORATE Economy Class airfare benchmarking

(Based on 2016 fare benchmarking against 2015 fares)

  • Domestic Economy Class price changes for tickets purchased through FCTG’s corporate travel brands ranged from -7% to a 4% increase on key routes
  • Business travellers flying the BNE – MEL and the BNE – PER routes have enjoyed the biggest savings with average purchase price of tickets on both routes falling by 7%
  • Corporates travelling on the CBR – SYD and the MEL – SYD routes struck out on any savings with the average purchase price of tickets increasing up to 4% from 2015 – 2016

Domestic Travel – LEISURE Economy Class airfare benchmarking

(Based on 2016 fare benchmarking against 2015 fares)

  • From 2015 to 2016 the average price of domestic Economy Class leisure fares purchased through FCTG’s leisure division fell by 6%
  • Economy Class price changes for leisure tickets purchased through FCTG’s retail brands ranged from -10% to a 1% increase
  • Big ticket savings for leisure travellers were highlighted on the BNE – SYD route with a 10% reduction on the average purchase price, while tickets purchased through FCTG by leisure travellers flying on the HBA – MEL and the BNE – PER routes dropped by 9%
  • It was only on the MEL – SYD route, where capacity is tightly controlled by airlines due to the high volume of traffic, where travellers didn’t see a price reduction but rather wore a 1% increase on the average price of purchased fares.

Felicity Burke, General Manager, 4th Dimension Business Travel Consulting, said the outcome of the latest research into corporate and leisure fare movement painted an extremely positive picture for companies and smaller businesses, as well as holiday travellers, that have been booking their travel through a travel management company or retail travel agency such as those that fell under FCTG.

“Not only are FCTG’s corporate customers purchasing extremely well-priced fares but they are also getting all the additional value that comes with booking through a travel company such as 24-hour global traveller support, access to experienced consultants that manage their company’s travel policy, travel spend and activity reporting capabilities as well as access to our online booking technology,” Mrs Burke said.

“And the really good news is that this experience is about to get even better for travellers with the likes of Virgin Australia and Qantas both acutely focused on enhancing the traveller experience to grow market share and increase loyalty, particularly in the corporate sector.”

WHAT’S NEW AND CHANGES AHEAD IN 2017

Fare tracking conducted by 4D for first Quarter 2017 indicates a moderate increase of between 3% – 5% in domestic Economy Class fares across both the corporate and leisure buying groups.

Further to this, both the major Australian airlines introduced ‘Days of the Week’ fares late 2016, which has travellers on certain routes, with certain ticket types paying a higher price to fly on Thursday and Friday.

The data collected suggests a definitive shift away from the long-held beliefs of travel buyers – that booking 14-21 days in advance delivers the best deal on the busiest routes. With a likelihood of one in 10 tickets being changed by corporate travellers after a ticket is issued, 4th Dimension highlights that customers should consider the benefits of ‘flexible’ fares to avoid costly change fees. The report shows the average cost of change charged by the airlines is $165.

Internationally, the big changes in 2017 include:

  • Start of non-stop Qantas flights from Perth to London
  • Virgin Australia expanding to Hong Kong and Beijing
  • The opening of Qantas’ flagship international lounge due to open at London Heathrow
  • Qantas adding services to Beijing and Tokyo (Narita) and;
  • Virgin Australia reintroducing a Melbourne to Los Angeles service.

ACCOMMODATION

Strong demand for accommodation

4th Dimension research showed, that in the second half of 2016, there was strong demand for accommodation in Sydney, Melbourne and Auckland, as leisure and business travellers arrived in huge numbers for work, conferences and holidays. The upshot in demand fuelled accommodation rate rises in those cities, with hotel rates increasing two or three times more than what the traveller paid for flights. Looking ahead to the second half of 2017 and into 2018, room bookings in these metro hot spots are expected to continue, causing demand to outstrip supply in some cases during peak periods.

FAST FACTS

1Source: BITRE, Aviation Domestic Airline Ontime Performance 2016
2Source: CAPA Centre for Aviation
3Published fare year-on-year benchmarking fare change 2016. Source 4D analytics

AirAsia’s sale a day keeps holiday blues away

Phuket, Thailand

Phuket, Thailand

Get ready for seven-days of spectacular sales from AirAsia to some of their most popular destinations.

The leading low-cost carrier is excited to today introduce its amazing 7 Destination 7 Day Sale where one destination will be on sale for 24-hours, every day this week.

From the tropical paradise of Langkawi to the bustling Indian city of Kochi, there’s a holiday destination for everyone.
The seven destinations on sale are:

• Monday, February 16: Phuket
• Tuesday, February 17: Langkawi
• Wednesday, February 18: Ho Chi Minh City
• Thursday, February 19: Bangkok
• Friday, February 20: Tokyo (Narita)
• Saturday, February 21: Penang
• Sunday, February 22: Kochi

AirAsia is commencing the sale today (Monday 16th February) with some great fares to Phuket. Fares departing from Melbourne start from $229* one way, Sydney from $289*, Perth from $199*, Gold Coast from $229*.

The fares for each day’s sale destination will be released on AirAsia’s Facebook page www.facebook.com/AirAsiaAustralia and the
AirAsia website www.airasia.com.au

AirAsia Australia and New Zealand commercial manager Stuart Myerscough said the sale was an excellent opportunity for people to enjoy an affordable getaway in Asia.

“If you’ve been saving up for your dream holiday in Asia, then this is the sale that you’ve been waiting for,” he said.

“Travelling to Asia provides a wide variety of exciting and rewarding experiences and we’re proud to offer a range of exotic destinations on sale within our network.”

AirAsia provides Australians with low cost fares and access to over 100 destinations across 23 countries.

The AirAsia Group received its sixth consecutive title as the World’s Best and Asia’s Best Low Cost Airline at the 2014 Skytrax World Airline Awards. AirAsia X was awarded the World’s Best Low Cost Airline Premium Seat and the World’s Best Low Cost Airline Premium Cabin titles at the awards.

For bookings or further information visit www.airasia.com.  Flights and fares are subject to availability.

Travellers can also log onto AirAsia’s one-stop travel portal at AirAsiaGo.com which offers more than 80,000 three-star, five-star and boutique hotels to choose from.
*Flights and fares are subject to availability. Booking period 00:01 GMT+8 16 February 2015 till 23:59 GMT+8 16 February 2015, or until sold out. Travel period 01 March 2015 – 30 June 2015. Seats are limited and not available on all flights/days or at peak periods. Fares are for one way travel, hand luggage only and fully inclusive of all taxes and charges. Fees apply for checked baggage. Business Class fares come with complimentary services as advertised on airasia.com. Lowest fares available online at airasia.com. No processing fees are applicable for online bookings made with PayPal. Next best possible fare available via phone with additional $25 service fee. All amounts are in Australian dollars unless stated otherwise. See airasia.com for full details and Conditions of Carriage.

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AirAsia X: The More You Book, The More You Save

A330-300 AirAsia X_1

AirAsia X Airbus A330

TRAVELLERS booking flights with multiple passengers could save up to 50% on the base cost of a flight (excluding taxes and charges) thanks to the latest sale starting today by leading low cost carrier AirAsia X.

AirAsia X is offering fantastic discounts to a range of hot getaways across Asia including Malaysia, Japan, South Korea, Sri Lanka, China and Taipei. The more people you book, the more you save! The discounts are offered on the base cost of the fare (plus the normal taxes and charges):

• Up to 50% discount for bookings with 4 passengers or more
• Up to 40% discount for bookings with 3 passengers
• Up to 30% discount for bookings with 2 passengers
• Up to 20% discount for bookings with 1 passenger

For example, if you make a booking for 4 or more people on a one-way flight from Melbourne to Tokyo, the base fare on a $409* seat will be slashed by 50%, with the final fare being $298* per person (the final fare includes the discount, plus the normal taxes and charges).

The sale will be available for a limited time only from September 15-21, 2014 for travel between now and November 30, 2014.

“If you are thinking of travelling with family or friends, now is the time to lock in a getaway to South East Asia,” said AirAsia Commercial Head of Australia and New Zealand Stuart Myerscough. “The more people you book, the bigger discount you will receive. It’s a great opportunity to travel for a reduced price.”

Some of the destinations on sale include:

Flight Before price After 20% After 30% After 40% After 50%
Gold Coast to Osaka $399* $353* $330* $307* $284*
Gold Coast to Nagoya $379* $337* $316* $295* $274*
Sydney to Nagoya $419* $376* $354* $332* $311*
Sydney to Seoul $479* $424* $396* $368* $341*
Melbourne to Nagoya $409* $364* $342* $320* $298*
Melbourne to Busan $419* $372* $349* $326* $303*
Perth to Seoul $399* $356* $335* $314* $293*
Perth to Tokyo $489* $428* $398* $368* $338*
Adelaide to Osaka $409* $366* $344* $323* $301*
Adelaide to Seoul $409* $366* $344* $323* $301*

AirAsia X, together with AirAsia, provides Australians with low cost fares and access to over 100 destinations across 23 countries.

AirAsia X was named the World’s Best Low Cost Airline Premium Seat and the World’s Best Low Cost Airline Premium Cabin titles at the 2014 Skytrax World Airline Awards. The AirAsia Group also received its sixth consecutive year title as the World’s Best and Asia’s Best Low Cost Airline at the awards.

For bookings or further information visit www.airasia.com. Flights and fares are subject to availability.

Travellers can also log onto AirAsia’s one-stop travel portal at AirAsiaGo.com which offers more than 80,000 three-star, five-star and boutique hotels to choose from.

* Flights and fares are subject to availability. Booking period September 15-21, 2014, or until sold out. Travel period is from now until November 30, 2014. Seats are limited and not available on all flights/days or at peak periods. Fares are for one way travel, hand luggage only and fully inclusive of all taxes and charges. Fees apply for checked baggage. Business Class fares come with complimentary services as advertised on airasia.com. Lowest fares available online at airasia.com. No processing fees are applicable for online bookings made with PayPal. Next best possible fare available via phone with additional $25 service fee. All amounts are in Australian dollars unless stated otherwise. See airasia.com for full details and Conditions of Carriage.

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About the AirAsia Group
AirAsia, the leading and largest low-cost carrier in Asia, services the most extensive network with 100 destinations. Within 13 years of operations, AirAsia has carried over 200 million guests and grown its fleet from just two aircraft to approximately 160. The airline today is proud to be a truly ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) airline with established operations based in Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, India, Japan and the Philippines servicing a network stretching across all ASEAN countries, China, India, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Saudi Arabia and Australia. AirAsia was named the World’s Best Low Cost Airline in the annual World Airline Survey by Skytrax for six consecutive years in 2009-14.

About AirAsia X
AirAsia X is the low-cost, long-haul affiliate carrier of the AirAsia Group that currently flies to destinations in China, Australia, Taiwan, Korea, Japan, Sri Lanka, Nepal and the Middle East. The airline currently serves 20 destinations across Asia (Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya, Seoul, Busan, Taipei, Beijing, Hangzhou, Chengdu, Shanghai, Xian, Chongqing, Colombo and Kathmandu), Australia (Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth and Gold Coast) and the Middle East (Jeddah). AirAsia X currently operates a fleet of 21 Airbus A330-300, each with a seat configuration of 12 Business Class Flatbeds and 365 Economy seats, including two A330-300 leased to Thai AirAsia X and one A330-300 leased to Indonesia AirAsia X. The airline has carried over 12 million guests since inception from Malaysia. Our vision is to further solidify our position as the global leader in long-haul, low-cost aviation and create the first global multi-hub low-cost carrier network along with other carriers of the AirAsia Group.

AirAsia offers extra flexibility for business travellers

A330-300 AirAsia X_1Launches trial of WI-FI product

BUSINESS travellers will enjoy further flexibility, convenience and comfort with a new Premium Flex service unveiled by leading low cost carrier AirAsia.

AirAsia’s Premium Flex service offers guests the flexibility to change their flight up to two (2) times with no change fee, complimentary 20kg baggage allowance, express boarding and express baggage and other perks.

In addition, AirAsia will be rolling out a range of Wi-Fi products including access to Instant Messaging, emails and content streaming for all passengers by the end of the year.

AirAsia Group CEO Tony Fernandes said it was important to keep innovating and improving products and services to remain cutting-edge.

“Ancillary income contributes around 20 per cent our revenue and we are determined to boost this further with new products and services. The flexibility and other perks of the Premium Flex service are designed to provide a travel experience with high satisfaction standards which I am confident will be a hit,” Mr Fernandes said.

He said the new Wi-Fi equipment had been five years in the making.

“The Wi-Fi equipment that was introduced to us much earlier was just too expensive and we have decided to develop our own. In true AirAsia style, we have to get it right and provide our guests with the best value at the most affordable rates. It will be the first on-board Wi-Fi product in the world with an affordable pricing system,” he said.

Premium Flex will be available for all AirAsia flights (except for Sri Lanka) and flight changes are available up to two hours before the scheduled time of departure of the original flight and at least three (3) hours before the scheduled time of departure of the new AirAsia flight and four (4) hours before the scheduled time of the new AirAsia X flight. The change can be performed via the internet at www.airasia.com, mobile and all AirAsia official offline booking channels.

Changes to flight date or time are permitted twice and subject to fare difference if any.

AirAsia Head of Commercial Australia and New Zealand Stuart Myerscough said, “We’re seeing a growing demand from business travellers and we feel sure this innovation will prove popular to complement our premium flatbed product.

“Travel schedules are often unpredictable in this segment and we know they highly value flexibility and convenience in being able to alter travel plans.”

The Wi-Fi equipment is currently being trialled by passengers before the product launch at the end of the year. For the next two months, AirAsia will be providing 60 guests on each flight with the opportunity to participate in a free user test. Details will be shared via AirAsia’s website and official social media channels.

Keep up to date with AirAsia’s latest news at www.airasia.com or follow AirAsia’s Twitter at (twitter.com/AirAsia) and Facebook (facebook.com/AirAsia).

AirAsia X flies double daily to Kuala Lumpur from Sydney, Melbourne and Perth; seven times weekly from Gold Coast; and five times weekly from Adelaide.

AirAsia X was named the World’s Best Low Cost Airline Premium Seat and the World’s Best Low Cost Airline Premium Cabin titles at the 2014 Skytrax World Airline Awards. The AirAsia Group also received its sixth consecutive year title as the World’s Best and Asia’s Best Low Cost Airline at the awards.

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About the AirAsia Group
AirAsia, the leading and largest low-cost carrier in Asia, services the most extensive network with 85 destinations. Within 11 years of operations, AirAsia has carried 200 million guests and grown its fleet from just two aircraft to approximately 118. The airline today is proud to be a truly ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) airline with established operations based in Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Japan and the Philippines servicing a network stretching across all ASEAN countries, China, India and Australia. AirAsia has been named the World’s Best Low Cost Airline in the annual World Airline Survey by Skytrax for six consecutive years in 2009-2014.

About AirAsia X
AirAsia X is the low-cost, long-haul affiliate carrier of the AirAsia Group that currently flies to destinations in China, Australia, Taiwan, Korea, Japan, Nepal and the Middle East. The airline currently serves 15 destinations across Asia (Tokyo, Osaka, Seoul, Busan, Taipei, Beijing, Hangzhou, Chengdu, Shanghai and Kathmandu), Australia (Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth and Gold Coast) and the Middle East (Jeddah). AirAsia X currently operates a fleet of 13 Airbus A330-300s, each with a seat configuration of 12 Premium Flatbeds and 365 Economy seats. The airline has carried over 9 million guests since it commenced long-haul in 2007. Our vision is to further solidify our position as the global leader in low-cost, long-haul aviation and create the first global multi-hub low-cost carrier network along with other carriers of the AirAsia Group.

 

AirAsia X Scoops Two Skytrax Awards

AirAsia X premium flatbed seats

AirAsia X premium flatbed seats

LONDON  – AirAsia X, the leading low-cost, long-haul affiliate carrier of the AirAsia Group, was again hailed as the “World’s Best Low Cost Airline –– Premium Class Seat” and the “World’s Best Low Cost Airline –– Premium Cabin award winner at the 2014 World Airline Awards today.

The Skytrax World Airline Awards is the global benchmark of airline excellence and one of the most prestigious accolades for the airline industry. This annual global survey is conducted over a 10-month period, covering over 245 airlines from the largest international airlines to smaller domestic carriers. A total of 18.9 million customer surveys were completed, measuring standards across 41 key performance indicators of an airline’s front-line product and services.

AirAsia X’s CEO, Azran Osman-Rani said, “We are ecstatic to have received the two awards! This spurs us further to keep innovating our premium service. Look out for more more innovations in the pipeline! We love experimenting and pioneering new service ideas, and to be recognised as a world’s best is simply awesome. An extra large thank you to our guests for believing in us.”

AirAsia X was the first long-haul, low fare carrier to introduce Business Class Premium Flatbed seats, which have standard business class specifications of 20” width, 60” pitch and stretch out to 77” in full recline position.

The Business Class Premium flatbeds feature universal power sockets, adjustable headrests and built-in personal utilities such as tray table, drink holder, reading light and privacy screen. Premium seat guests also enjoy premium complimentary products and services including Pick A Seat, Priority Check-in, Priority Boarding, Priority Baggage, 25kg Baggage Allowance, Complimentary Meal and Pillow & Duvet.

AirAsia X was first awarded the World’s Best Low Cost Airline Premium Seat title at the 2013 Skytrax World Airline Awards which took place at the Paris Airshow.

For more information, please visit www.airasia.com

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AirAsia X signs US$13.8billion Airbus A330neo deal

Tony Fernandes

LONDON – AirAsia X, the long haul, low fare airline affiliate of the AirAsia Group has signed a Memorandum of Understand (MOU) for 50 A330neo aircraft plus an additional 50 purchase rights with Airbus. This is the world’s first airline commitment for the new version of the A330 launched by Airbus this week. The deal is valued at US$13.8 billion at catalogue prices and deliveries will take place between 2018 and 2024.

The agreement was signed at the Farnborough Airshow in the UK by Azran Osman-Rani, CEO of AirAsia X and Fabrice Brégier, Airbus President and CEO, and was witnessed by Tan Sri Tony Fernandes, Co-founder and Director of AirAsia X, Tan Sri Rafidah Aziz, Chairman of AirAsia X Berhad and John Leahy, Airbus Chief Operating Officer, Customers.

“We have been encouraging Airbus to launch this new version of the A330 for some time now,” said Tan Sri’ Tony Fernandes, Co-Founder and Director of AirAsia X. “I am pleased that they are offering this choice and bringing us the aircraft we truly need to develop further our low cost long haul model. We are 100% sure that the A330neo will be quite unbeatable in its size category and we look forward to enabling more people to fly further more often aboard this great aircraft.”

Tan Sri Rafidah Aziz, AirAsia X Chairman said, “As we grow our network by building hubs across the region, it is important for us to continue to innovate on all fronts including the latest and most efficient aircraft so we can provide a hassle free travel experience as we connect our long haul network and that of the AirAsia Group. We are well on our way to realizing the dream of becoming the one stop center, offering the widest network in Asia and beyond.  We will continue to build strong relationships with our partners including airport operators, who are instrumental in driving this growth.”

“AirAsia X is the pioneer of successful low cost long haul travel,” said Fabrice Brégier, Airbus President and CEO. “The confidence that Tony and his team have placed in the A330neo is therefore a clear endorsement of the step change we are bringing to the market in this size category. Reduced fuel consumption, extended long range capability and competitive acquisition costs will make the A330neo a true game changer and we are proud that AirAsia X will be among the first airlines to fly the aircraft.”

The latest MOU from AirAsia X further consolidates the position of the AirAsia Group as one of Airbus’s largest airline customers. In total the Group has ordered 536 Airbus aircraft, excluding today’s MOU. These include existing orders from AirAsia X for 61 Airbus Widebody aircraft.

Airbus A330neo artists impression

Airbus A330neo artists impression

The A330-800neo and the A330-900neo are two new members of the Airbus Widebody Family launched in July 2014 with first deliveries scheduled to start in Q4 2017. The A330-neo incorporates latest generation Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 engines, aerodynamic enhancements and new cabin features. Benefitting from the unbeatable economics, versatility and high reliability of the A330, the A330neo reduces fuel consumption by 14% per seat, making it the most cost efficient, medium range Widebody aircraft on the market. In addition to greater fuel savings, A330neo operators will also benefit from a range increase of up to 400 nautical miles and all the operational commonality advantages of the Airbus Family.

For more information, please visit www.airasia.com

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AirAsia launches first ever Megasale

  • 2.5 Million Seats Go On Sale 
  • 72% Growth in Australian Passengers 

A330-300 AirAsia X_1

LEADING low-cost carrier AirAsia has released in advance 2.5 million discounted airfares for travel in 2015 with its first ever Megasale in Australia.

The airfares, some as low as $11* one-way, will be available to book up to 12 months in advance — a unique opportunity to plan ahead and grab some bargains.

The Megasale comes at a milestone time for AirAsia, with total sales by Australians on the airline’s long haul sectors from Australian ports increasing by 72% from the first quarter 2013 to second quarter 2014.

The Megasale fares are available for booking from 2 June 2014 (2am AEST) to 8 June 2014 with the fares valid for travel from 5 January 2015 to 31 July 2015. Bookings to www.airasia.com

AirAsia X Head of International Marketing Stuart Myerscough said the Megasale was a fantastic opportunity for travellers and reflected the company’s leading position in the emerging long haul, low-cost stakes.

“The Megasale is a great opportunity to book your dream holiday to Asia at an affordable price, so we advise you to get in early,” Mr Myerscough said.

“Our increased flight frequencies including double-daily services to Kuala Lumpur from Melbourne, Sydney and Perth have opened up better connections with our expansive network including North Asia destinations such as Korea, Japan and Taiwan.

“Adelaide and Gold Coast have also had frequencies increased to five and seven flights per week respectively and are exceeding our expectations.”

Some of the more than 80 destinations on sale include:

From Perth, grab an unbelievably great low fare to Kuala Lumpur from $99* one way; Bali from $110*; Kathmandu from $139*, Nagoya and Colombo from $159*, Phuket and Phnom Penh from $174*, Macau from $195*, and Tokyo and Seoul from $209*.

From the Gold Coast, fly to Kuala Lumpur from $169* one-way; Jakarta, Bangkok, Phuket and Singapore from $209*; and Bali and Chiang Mai from $219*.

From Sydney, one-way economy flights to Kuala Lumpur are from $169*, Kathmandu, Langkawi and Penang from $209*, Kota Kinabalu from $219*, Colombo and Nagoya from $249, and Osaka from $279*.

From Melbourne, jet off to Kuala Lumpur from $169* one-way; Bangkok, Phuket and Krabi from $209*; Bali from $219*, Ho Chi Minh City from $229*, Tokyo and Seoul from $289*.

And, great fares are available from Adelaide including to Kuala Lumpur from $149* one way; Bangkok, Phuket and Singapore from $189*; and Kuching and Bali from $199*.

From Darwin, don’t miss this great fare of $119* one-way to Kuala Lumpur.

Those looking to fly to their next holiday destination in a little more style can choose AirAsia X’s Premium flatbed seats, which have standard business class specifications of 20” width, 60” pitch and stretch out to 77” in full recline position. These seats are also on sale from $599* one way from Perth, Sydney, Melbourne, Gold Coast and Adelaide to Kuala Lumpur.

Mr Myerscough said, “Thailand is by far our most popular onward destination for Aussies and despite recent political instability it remains as in demand as ever.

“Other destinations showing huge growth include Japan, Korea and Taiwan and interest is growing to newer routes in our network, Colombo and Kathmandu.

“Our Megasale will take place only three to four times a year and represents the best opportunity to secure the cheapest deals.”

Sales to Japan and Taipei saw significant growth from first quarter 2013 to first quarter 2014; with Osaka enjoying a sales increase of 518%, Taipei (419%), Seoul (334%) and Tokoyo (Haneda) (264%).

AirAsia passengers are now able to fly into the brand new klia2 terminal in Kuala Lumpur, the carrier’s main hub, which provides an even better experience for travellers, particularly those transiting through to other destinations.

AirAsia X, together with AirAsia, provides Australians with low cost fares and access toover 80 destinations across 23 countries.

AirAsia X was named the World’s Best Low Cost Airline Premium Seat and the World’s Best Low Cost Airline Premium Class titles at the 2013 Skytrax World Airline Awards. The AirAsia Group also received its fifth consecutive year title as the World’s Best and Asia’s Best Low Cost Airline at the awards.

For bookings or further information visit www.airasia.com  Flights and fares are subject to availability.

Travellers can also log onto AirAsia’s one-stop travel portal at AirAsiaGo.com which offers a range of more than 80,000 three-star, five-star and boutique hotels to choose from.

*Flights and fares are subject to availability. Availability of connecting flights are subject to timings of the individual flights. Seats are limited and not available on all flights/days or at peak periods. Fares include airport taxes & surcharges. Processing fee is applicable for online bookings made by credit, debit or charge card. Fees apply for checked baggage except on Premium Flat Bed fares. Other terms and conditions apply. Booking period 2 June – 8 June 2014 or until sold out. Travel period 5 January 2015 –  31 July 2015. Lowest possible sale fares are one-way online at airasia.com. Next best possible fare available via phone with additional $25 service fee. All amounts are in Australian dollars unless stated otherwise.