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Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Newest International Carrier to NZ

Malaysia based Air Asia X (IATA : D7  ICAO: XAX "Xanadu") announced in December 2010 their intention to commence direct flights to Christchurch from Kuala Lumpur from April 1st 2011 using Airbus A330-300 equipment.  True to their word, the low cost carrier, part owned by Richard Branson, commenced services with a late night arrival on April 1st using Airbus A330-300 9M-XXH.   The service will operate 4 times weekly, with two flights departing Christchurch at 0125 (Mon and Sat) and the other two at the more sociable hour of 1510 (Tue and Thu).

The first daylight visit took place April 5th and Graham Weatherby was on hand to photograph 9M-XXG arriving, thanks!

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