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AirAsia Launches First Ever Flight Service to Africa


Malaysian low-cost airline, AirAsia has through its long haul arm, Air Asia X, commenced direct service to Mauritius from its Kuala Lumpur base.


The 5,441-kilometre route, launched on 4 October, will be operated three times weekly by the airline’s Airbus A330-300 with a capacity of 377 seats, inclusive of 12 award-winning Premium Flatbeds.


The service faces no direct competition either from Africa or Asia, although Air Mauritius operates a thrice-weekly service to Kuala Lumpur via Singapore.


Of the Inaugural flight, Benyamin Ismail, CEO of AirAsia X, said: “We’re very excited to be here today, charting a new continent on the route map of AirAsia X with a 100% full flight. The strong entry into this market has given us the confidence we need to grow this direct flight between Mauritius and Kuala Lumpur, operated exclusively by AirAsia X".


Flight D7006 from Kuala Lumpur to Mauritius departs on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays while flight D7007 from Mauritius to Kuala Lumpur operates on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays.


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