After much speculation, the airline with the coolest headquarters (as dubbed by KARRYON) has confirmed plans to launch a new service between Perth & the Indonesian island of Lombok.

AirAsia revealed the new Perth-Lombok flight over the long weekend, saying it was part of a larger plan to develop a new hub in the West Nusa Tenggara province.

Group Chief Executive, Tony Fernandes, said AirAsia’s presence and services will accelerate the region’s post-earthquake recovery and support the people of West Nusa Tenggara. He also believes it will realise the Indonesian Government’s sustainable tourism agenda to develop ‘10 new Balis‘.

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“In the next few months, we will be working with airports and government authorities to turn Lombok into our newest hub in Indonesia, making this commitment a reality.”

Tony Fernandes, AirAsia Group Chief Executive

Perth-Lombok services will be the first of three new flights to launch the Lombok hub, along with non-stop services to Yogyakarta and Bali. The airline will also add flights to Kuala Lumpur.

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The carrier’s new Lombok services will be operated on the Airbus A320 equipped with 29-inch pitch ‘Hot Seats’ and 28-inch pitch ‘Standard Seats’.

AirAsia Indonesia’s Chief Executive, Dendy Kurniawan, described the island as an “idyllic destination” that has “much potential”.

“We know that when we combine our resources and work with the tourism industry on marketing and public relations initiatives, we’re able to expand the market and drive greater demand for destination Lombok.”

Dendy Kurniawan, AirAsia Indonesia Chief Executive

 

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