Indonesia AirAsia X will start flights between Melbourne and Bali on March 18th, 2015 with two flights per week, increasing to five flights per week from May 1st, 2015.The airline has been granted approval to fly direct between Melbourne and Bali (Denpasar) by Australia’s Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA).
From May 1st, 2015, the direct flights will depart Melbourne Airport to Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday with a total flight time of 6 hours and 10 minutes.
The Melbourne – Bali flights will be operated with an Airbus A330-300 aircraft with a seating capacity of 377 seats. The configuration will be as per AirAsia X’s configuration of 365 economy seats and 12 business class flat bed seats.
“We’re absolutely delighted to have the approvals we’ve been seeking to commence this long awaited service,” said AirAsia Group CEO, Tony Fernandes. “We have been working very closely with CASA and are very pleased to have their full approval to operate as we have met all their requirements throughout this process. We adhere to standard aviation practice in selling the flights but unfortunately we were caught up by bad timing during Christmas, in which we were not able to rectify the matter in time. We deeply apologize for the inconvenience caused to all our guests and now look forward to welcoming them on board. Once the final documentation is complete we will soon have a special AirAsia sale with some great fares for our guests.”
Datuk Kamarudin Meranun, Group CEO of AirAsia X, said, “AirAsia plans to grow the existing hub network from Bali to 16 direct onward destinations in Asia and this will be further developed over time. Since 2007, AirAsia Group has carried over 7.5 million guests both ways between Asia and Australian destinations including Gold Coast, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney, Adelaide and Darwin. With the commencement of our direct flights from Melbourne to Bali, we look forward to offering Victorians a chance to enjoy their Bali getaway with an opportunity to further explore various destinations within our comprehensive network.”