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LCC AirAsia X Will Install Lie-Flat, Reclining Seats

ImageMalaysia’s low cost carrier (LCC) AirAsia X is taking an unusual step for a budget airline of installing seats that recline fully flat.  The carrier is betting that some passengers on its long haul flight will want a bed and be willing to pay for it.  Chief Executive Officer Azran Osman-Rani told an industry conference in Al Ain, “Nothing’s engrained when it comes to LCC’s.”  The airline also plans to offer pay per view in flight entertainment. 

AirAsia X will start flying from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Abu Dhabi next month.  Osman Rani said 12 lie-flat seats will be installed on its Airbus A330-300s and 18 fully reclining seats will be installed on its A340 aircraft it operates to London.  This will cost a few million dollars per plane.  He said the average price of a round trip ticket for a lie-flat seat between Kuala Lumpur and Malaysia will be £900, compared to £350 for  a standard economy seat.   

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