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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). 
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Air_Asia_X

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


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