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The freaky AirAsia X is flying to London.

Ok a couple details, Air Asia X are going to be using long haul Airbus A340-300 aircrafts, smaller than the long haul 747s that we are used to. Flight hours will probably not be that different. (A340 @ 883km/h v. 747@917km/h)

Then it comes to the point that we all hate Air Asia for. Seat pitch.

Traditionally they used to have a pathetic seat pitch of 28" (That's the distance between the back of your seat to the back of the seat in front of you, greater pitches equal comfort)


Malaysia Airlines has a generous seat pitch of 34" compared to SQ's 32". There're conflicting reports that AirAsia X will have a seat pitch of 31" or 32".

Their premium seats will have seat pitches equal to MAS's business seats of 60".

Ok, fair enough. Then we have the issue of pricing.

A return will cost rm499 + £99 (rm545) , rm 1044. Ok lah it sounds pretty cheap. Landing in Stansted grants you a cheaper airport tax compared to Gatwick and a lot cheaper compared to Heathrow.

So.. after tax and.. gasp, zero fuel surcharge (I dont know whether Air Asia X has it or not). I'm putting the price tag at 2.8-3.2k rm.

Sounds pretty much like flying Qatar Airways.

I'm just gonna diss AirAsia X because my back and legs had a bad experience flying with their silly 28" seats. What about pilot experience? Someone else please let me know how it feels like sitting 12/13 hours on that.

I'd rather take my chances on other airlines.

6 people said this sucked:

  angchoonseong

Friday, December 05, 2008 5:00:00 pm

same feeling.

KLM offers Edin-Kl - 430 return.

  HK

Saturday, December 06, 2008 1:20:00 am

serious? 430 return!

  Anonymous

Sunday, June 07, 2009 4:15:00 pm

I flew with the Air Asia A340 last month and I didn't have any problem at all. I am 1m90 or 6"3' so that's pretty tall. The legspace is very good for a flight that distance. I've been sitting in a KLM MD11 cramped up for almost 9 hours, I prefer the Air Asia A340 anytime!
I must agree on the A320's though, that's a pretty tight fit. I haven't been on a A330 (at least not Air Asia) but I heard an Australian complain about the seat pitch.

  Anonymous

Monday, July 13, 2009 9:38:00 am

Just some fact on airasia's seat:
the A340 used on the KL-Stansted has a seat pitch of 32 inch which is similar to those on Singapore airlines, the A330 used on the KL-Australia has a seat pitch of 31 inch while the A320 used for regional flights has a seat pitch of 29.5 inch and the older Boeing 737 has a seat pitch 30 inch which is similar to jetstar.

But believe me airasia is not bad already as compared to tiger airways seat of only 28.5 inch (72.5cm). it was a miserable experience flying from Singapore to Hanoi. the seats are not only cramped together, the seat's cushion's torn and collapsed!!! i cant believe that is their relatively new A320!!! it is just ridiculous!!!

  Anonymous

Monday, July 13, 2009 9:45:00 am

here's some reference
http://www.tigerairways.com/in/en/seat_selector.php
http://www.airasia.com/site/en/pressRelease.jsp?id=17e1b7ba-ac1e00ae-39281400-a8ef3d01
http://www.businesstraveller.com/news/air-asia-x-launches-stansted-kl-flights
http://www3.flightcentre.com.au/airlines/international/jetstar/index.jsp

  PaulK

Monday, March 08, 2010 1:12:00 am

Beware of AirAsiaX

Most recently, my wife and I were stranded in Abu Dhabi when AirAsiaX announced they were canceling service to/from Abu Dhabi in January this year. They didn’t notify us(their stranded passengers)until Feb 10th. Neither did they offer any accommodation nor answer our emails asking for help. We had to get back to Malaysia on our own. They won’t reimburse our additional expenses either.

They said they would refund the Abu Dhabi/Kuala Lumpur portion of our trip, but it will take them 30-50 days to process the refund. Such an attitude!

Watch out for these guys. If you are considering using AirAsiaX, It might be a good idea to develop a plan B... just in case.