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AirAsia X Is Launching Flights Between Tokyo Narita and Kuala Lumpur

AirAsia X Is Launching Flights Between Tokyo Narita and Kuala Lumpur
Jonathan DeLise

AirAsia X is introducing flights between Tokyo and Kuala Lumpur. The move is largely driven by increased travel to Japan.

Inbound international tourist arrivals into Japan have been steadily increasing year after year. According to the JTB Tourism Research & Consulting Company, more than thirty-one million foreign visitors traveled to Japan in 2018; that number might cross thirty-three million by the end of 2019. Many of those travelers are Malaysian. Nearly 470, 000 Malaysian travelers visited Japan in 2018. Moreover, Kuala Lumpur is a major hub both for Malaysia Airlines and Air Asia, so the percentage of passengers connecting to Japan adds to the inbound numbers, and helps to foster demand for new flights.

Due in part to the booming tourism industry in Japan, AirAsia X (D7) plans to resume* flights between Kuala Lumpur (KUL) and Tokyo Narita (NRT) this fall. Starting on November 20th, the Malaysia-based carrier will be using its Airbus A330-300s to make the roundtrip 4-times a week:

D7 552 KUL 00:15 NRT 08:15 Monday Wednesday Friday Saturday

D7 553 NRT 09:30 KUL 15:45 Monday Wednesday Friday Saturday

D7’s Airbus A330s for this flight come with quiet zones, or sections unavailable to people traveling with children under 10 years of age, and in the business class section, the flatbed “light.” The reintroduced service between Tokyo Narita and Kuala Lumpur will complement AirAsia X’s extant 7-times weekly Tokyo Haneda (HND) – Kuala Lumpur routing, as well as its Bangkok Don Mueang (DMK) – Tokyo Narita flight.

Since July 1st, 2013, visas have not been required for Malaysians coming to Japan as tourists, attending conferences, or visiting friends/relatives.

*AirAsia X originally inaugurated the KUL-NRT route on November 21st, 2014, though it was suspended not long after, on August 19th, 2015, due to competition from Malaysia Airlines.

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