Asian budget carrier AirAsia X announced its first route to the United States. They will offer non-stop flights from Honolulu to Osaka/Kansai, Japan, with continuing service to its main hub in Kuala Lumpur starting on June 28th. If you’re traveling between Honolulu and Kuala Lumpur you will have a 2-hour stopover in Osaka.
The Malaysian low-cost carrier is offering competitive prices as expected. Introductory fares on the new route were on sale for as little as $99 one way to Japan and $149 to Malaysia, though regular fares will be higher. There’s still some promotional prices available, from Honolulu to Japan, for $129. Return leg will be costlier, so round trips will be somewhere between $300-$400.
AirAsia Honolulu-Oaska-Kuala Lumpur service will operate four times a week on 377-seat Airbus A330-300 widebody jets. The planes include 12 lie-flat seats and 365 economy seats. Fares for the flatbed seats begin at $699 one way during the introductory period. This won’t be the same level of luxury you’d expect from business class on most airlines, but at that price range, you should probably compare it to other airline’s economy class.
You can book tickets now directly on their website. Flights depart Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
AirAsia X serves 22 cities in Asia, Australia, New Zealand, Africa and the Middle East with a fleet of 30 A330s.