Thai AirAsiaX (flight code XJ) has announced two low-fare services to Australia. The airline will fly directly from Bangkok (Suvarnabhumi Airport) to Melbourne and Sydney for the first time. The new flights start 1 and 2 December 2022.
Four weekly flights direct from Bangkok to Sydney Airport depart on Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. To Melbourne Airport (Tullamarine) direct flights three times a week on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays. There are return flights on the same days from Australia to Thailand.
Fares start from just AUD $299 each way to attract Australian visitors back to the Kingdom.
Thai AirAsiaX Premium Business Class flatbeds inside the Airbus A330
Premium Business Class flatbeds on both routes are now on sale from just Aud $1,199.00.
AirAsiaX A330-300 Seat Map
The new Australia routes are served by the spacious 377 seat Airbus A330 aircraft. The A330 seat map features 12 upfront business-class reclining seats for extra comfort, and 365 economy seats. There is also a quiet zone from rows 7 -14.
Both new routes provide convenient, economical and affordable travel between Australia and Thailand. Whether traveling for leisure, visiting friends and family, or international studies, this aircraft cabins are sure to please.
Thai AirAsiaX expanding to Sydney and Melbourne
Mr. Tassapon Bijleveld, Acting Chief Executive Officer of Thai AirAsiaX, said of the launch of the new routes:
“Thailand and Australia have maintained strong relations for over 70 years, and Australia is among the top three educational destinations for Thai students, as well as a leading travel destination for Thai tourists.
“Thai AirAsia X is very excited to be adding Sydney and Melbourne as two key destinations in Australia this year, with a priority on these two cities as amongst the most popular to return to first.
“Having recently resumed services to South Korea and Japan, we are thrilled that we are now expanding to Sydney and Melbourne as our next key growth markets. As Australia’s largest cities, they both have much to offer in terms of a strong economy, tourism, and education, making them prime additions to Thai AirAsiaX’s growing network.
“Thais love Australia and Australians love Thailand and we are confident that these new and direct services will prove popular. Thai AirAsia X is fully ready to serve these direct flights between Bangkok and Australia, be it for leisure, business, or education.”
“Bangkok is a one-stop shop for nightlife, culture, shopping, and local Thai cuisine for international travelers. Not only that, but it’s a key hub for Australian travelers to have a world of destinations to fly to from there throughout AirAsia’s vast network which they can connect to through Bangkok to many more leisure favorite destinations, including Phuket and throughout Asean.”
Sydney and Melbourne Welcome New AirAsiaX flights.
Greg Botham, Chief Commercial Officer of Sydney Airport, said of the launch:
“We’re thrilled to welcome Thai AirAsiaX as our newest international carrier as we continue to support the recovery of our international network.
“Bangkok is a fantastic city with great connectivity to the regions of Thailand and is an incredibly popular destination for Australian leisure and business travelers. This service will provide a great, low-cost option for Australians looking to secure travel over the busy end-of-year holidays to one of Asia’s most exciting destinations.”
Melbourne Airport Chief of Aviation, Jim Parashos, added that the new service provides travelers with more options and, as of December, increases the total number of return services between Melbourne and Asian cities to more than 420 each week.
“We are thrilled to welcome Thai AirAsia X to the Melbourne Airport family. Thailand is a favorite destination of Australians, and we expect these new direct services will be popular, particularly among leisure travelers keen to get back to Southeast Asia to experience the country’s incredible food, beaches, and culture,” Parashos said.
“This new route will also drive tourism into Victoria and support a growing Thai international student market. Prior to the pandemic, Thailand was one of the state’s top 10 international student source markets and an important part of our economy.”
“International travel is ramping up strongly, and we are back to almost 60 percent of pre-Covid international traveler numbers. With confidence in travel increasing and the introduction of new services such as this connection to Bangkok, we are really pleased with the outlook for international travel.”
Australia remains a key market for the AirAsia brand. Malaysia-based AirAsiaX, the affiliate long haul sister airline of Thai AirAsiaX, has also recently announced new direct services from Kuala Lumpur to Sydney commencing 9 September and to Perth, Melbourne, and Auckland (via Sydney), which begin in November this year.
New Thai AirAsiaX Flight Schedule
Suvarnabhumi Airport (Bangkok) -Sydney and Suvarnabhumi Airport – Melbourne Airport Tullamarine (Australia)
Starting 1/2 December
|Flight No.||Departure||Arrival||Estimated Departure(Local Time)||Estimated Arrival(Local Time)||Day||Effective Date|
|XJ382||BKK||SYD||00.10||13.10||Mon/Tue/Fri/Sat||2 Dec 2022|
|XJ383||SYD||BKK||14.40||19.40||Mon/Tue/Fri/Sat||2 Dec 2022|
|XJ390||BKK||MEL||00.10||13.00||Wed/Thu/Sun||1 Dec 2022|
|XJ391||MEL||BKK||14.30||19.20||Wed/Thu/Sun||1 December 2022|
About Thai AirAsiaX
Thai AirAsiaX (TAAX, flight code: XJ) is Thailand’s first low-cost, medium to long-haul carrier. It was established in 2014 with the motto “Now Everyone Can Fly Extra Long.” The airline has recently launched direct flights from Bangkok to Seoul (ICN), Tokyo (NRT), Sapporo (CTS), Osaka (KIX), Sydney (SYD), and Melbourne (MEL). Thai AirAsia X operates a fleet of 6 Airbus A330-300 aircraft. Each aircraft has a seat configuration of 12 Premium Flatbed and 365 Economy seats (a total of 377 seats). AirAsiaX is an affiliate carrier of the AirAsia Aviation Group. The airline’s vision is to solidify its position as the national and global leader in low-cost, long-haul aviation. The airline also aims to build a strong network that will contribute to the connectivity offered in AirAsia’s multiple hubs.
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