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It's Touchdown At Stansted For AirAsia X As Its 'Raider Plane' Brings Daily Flights To Kuala Lumpur And Beyond

29 Jun 2009

Airport also welcomes new link to Vilnius

Stansted Airport will mark another significant milestone in the development of low-cost, long-haul air travel this week when it welcomes the arrival of AirAsia X’s second aircraft and the beginning of daily flight operations to its hub in Kuala Lumpur.

The UK’s third busiest airport is also adding yet another destination to its already extensive European network this week with the arrival of Star 1 Airlines. A four flights a week service from the Lithuanian capital of Vilnius will launch on 3 July.

AirAsia X’s Kuala Lumpur route, linking the UK and Europe to South-East Asia and Australia, moves to a daily operation thanks to the popularity of the route since its launch in March this year, and the addition of a very eye-catching Airbus A340 to its aircraft fleet.

The new plane, dubbed ‘Xcellence’, is decked out in the colours of the Oakland Raiders American football team, and features larger than life images of the team and its famous ‘Raiderette’ cheerleaders. AirAsia has recently linked up with the leading NFL side to help promote both brands to a global audience.

Nick Barton, Stansted’s Commercial and Development Director, said:

"AirAsia X’s service between Stansted and Kuala Lumpur has been a fantastic success story so far, and the arrival of this striking new aircraft will enable them to go from strength to strength by offering flights every day of the week from now on.

"This is a great boost for everyone connected with the airport, and a real vote of confidence by AirAsia X in Stansted as it demonstrates we are delivering the high levels of service they demand from us.

"And it’s even better news for our passengers and the region as it provides even greater choice and opportunity, and proves that demand between Stansted, Europe’s point-to-point airport of choice for low-cost travel, and AirAsia’s Kuala Lumpur hub and onward connections to Australia, China and India remains strong despite the current challenging economic conditions.

"I fully expect ‘Xcellence’ to be the talk of Stansted whenever it’s at the airport – I’m sure its very eye-catching livery will ensure we all become big fans of the Raiders, too!

"We’re also delighted to welcome Star 1 Airlines to the airport and wish them every success as they, for the first time, connect Stansted to Vilnius. This will be the only service operating between the London area and Vilnius, and I'm sure the flights will prove to be very popular with our passengers, both here in the UK and in Lithuania."

For further information on AirAsia X services to Kuala Lumpur and beyond from Stansted Airport visit www.airasia.com, or for details of Star 1 Airlines flights go to www.star1.aero