AIRASIA X announced the launch of an exclusive direct route connecting Kuala Lumpur with Fukuoka, Japan today.

The four times weekly service set to commence on Feb 28, 2019, will be the airline’s fifth destination in Japan and fourth route from Kuala Lumpur, strengthening Malaysia - Japan bilateral ties while stimulating local trade and tourism growth.

The launch fares from RM199 on standard seats and RM799 on the award-winning Premium Flatbeds, are available for booking on from Nov 30 (0001hrs GMT+8) until Dec 9, 2018 for travel between Feb 28 and Oct 28, 2019.

AirAsia X Malaysia CEO Benyamin Ismail said Kuala Lumpur will be directly connected with Fukuoka for the first time with direct flights four times a week, with air fares from as low as RM199 in keeping with the airline’s promise to connect the world with new markets at great value fares.

“With over six million guests flown since we started operating into the country in 2010, Japan remains a very important market for us.

“We look forward to the commencement of this route early next year which will strengthen the bilateral ties between Malaysia and Japan while bringing the world to Fukuoka through our extensive network in the region,” added Benyamin.

Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to Malaysia Dr. Makio Miyagawa congratulated AirAsia X on the launch of the Fukuoka route.

“We commend AirAsia X’s effort to provide enhanced links between Japan and Malaysia.

“Fukuoka and its surrounding cities in Kyushu are renowned for spectacular scenery and cuisine and we welcome everyone to visit and enjoy the many travel highlights of this region,” he said.

AirAsia X currently flies to Tokyo, Osaka and Sapporo from Kuala Lumpur, with onward daily flights between Osaka and Honolulu, Hawaii.

As a group, AirAsia X connects with Japan from eight cities including the recently announced Taipei - Osaka; while AirAsia Japan has an operating base in Nagoya with one domestic route to Sapporo.

Fukuoka is home to thousand-year-old historical landmarks such as the Dazaifu Tenmangu shrine and Fukuoka Castle which exist side-by-side with modern and industrial centers.

Visitors can escape to pristine shorelines - ideal for leisure seekers and water activities on Itoshima peninsula during summer.

Other attractions include Kawachi Fuji-en garden in Kitakyushu, Yanagawa’s canals and Hakata merchant town which hosts two major festivals annually, the Hakata Dontaku and Hakata Gion Yamakasa.

Kyushu’s culinary specialties include world-class seafood dishes, yakitori (grilled skewers) and motsunabe hot pot during the winter.

Ramen connoisseurs will be in for a treat in Fukuoka with a local yatai or food stalls on nearly every corner of the streets ready to offer you their specialty Hakata Ramen dubbed as amongst the best in Japan.

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