AirAsia X Launches Historic Direct Route from Nairobi to Kuala Lumpur

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AirAsia X (AAX), a leading low-cost airline specializing in medium-haul routes across the Asia-Pacific region, proudly announces a landmark achievement: the launch of a direct route connecting Nairobi, Kenya’s bustling capital, to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. This groundbreaking service will commence its inaugural flight on November 15, 2024, establishing AAX as the first Malaysian low-cost carrier to offer direct connectivity to Nairobi.

This new intercontinental route eliminates the need for long layovers, offering travelers an effortless journey between East Africa and Asia. Imagine exploring the towering skyscrapers of Kuala Lumpur or enjoying the pristine beaches of Kota Kinabalu, then sipping tea back in Nairobi—all within a week! AAX’s new route opens doors for enhanced trade, tourism, and cultural exchange between Kenya and Malaysia.

AAX’s direct flight also features a seamless Fly-Thru connection, linking Kenya to over 130 destinations across Southeast Asia, Northern Asia, Central Asia, and Australia. This initiative provides affordable and convenient travel options for Kenyan travelers, reinforcing AAX’s commitment to global connectivity. Notably, Kenyan citizens enjoy visa-free travel to Malaysia, the Philippines, and Singapore, with a visa-on-arrival in Indonesia, enhancing their travel experience.

His Excellency Ekitela Moru, The High Commissioner-Designate of Kenya to Malaysia, highlighted the significance of this new connection: “The launch of AirAsia X’s direct flight from Kuala Lumpur to Nairobi is a momentous occasion for Kenya-Malaysia relations. This connection opens new avenues for enhanced trade, investment, and tourism between the two countries. Kenyan travelers will have an opportunity to explore Malaysia’s beautiful destinations and beyond, while more tourists from the ASEAN region will discover Kenya’s rich heritage and natural beauty. This route is expected to significantly boost our tourism sector, contributing to economic growth and creating more opportunities for cultural exchange.”

Tony Fernandes, CEO of Capital A, expressed his enthusiasm: “We are beyond thrilled to connect Nairobi to Kuala Lumpur with an affordable direct route. This is a pivotal moment for AirAsia X, aligning with our vision of making Kuala Lumpur a global aviation hub. This route not only solidifies our commitment to affordable travel but also enhances our mission to connect ASEAN to the vast African continent.”

Benyamin Ismail, CEO of AirAsia X, added: “Embarking on this new adventure into Africa is truly exhilarating, particularly following our significant growth earlier this year. We anticipate carrying over 156,000 travelers annually on this route, strengthening ties and boosting tourism between Kenya and Malaysia. This route also offers excellent connectivity for Kenyans to explore our key markets like Australia, China, South Korea, Japan, and Thailand more affordably with a convenient stopover in Kuala Lumpur. Both Kenya and Malaysia are vibrant nations, home to millions and a rich tapestry of heritages and sceneries. We look forward to enriching cultural and economic exchanges between these dynamic regions.”

Promotional Offers and Travel Details

To celebrate this launch, AAX is offering FREE Seats* from Nairobi to Kuala Lumpur. This promotion is available exclusively for booking on the AirAsia MOVE app (formerly known as the airasia Superapp) until July 14, 2024, for travel between November 15, 2024, and October 8, 2025. Travelers can book their flights starting at just KES 18,899 (USD 135) all-in one-way for Economy seats or KES 69,699 (USD 499) all-in one way for Premium Flatbed.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia’s vibrant capital, welcomes visitors with its distinctive skyline, rich cultural heritage, and blend of modernity and tradition. The city boasts iconic landmarks such as the Petronas Twin Towers, a vibrant culinary scene, diverse shopping experiences, and numerous cultural and historical attractions. With its strategic location and world-class infrastructure, Kuala Lumpur serves as an ideal hub for travelers looking to explore Southeast Asia and beyond.

Flight Schedule

The flight schedule between Nairobi (NBO) and Kuala Lumpur (KUL) is as follows:

Route Flight No Departure Arrival Frequency Flight Hours
Nairobi – Kuala Lumpur D7 102 00:30 15:10 Mon, Tue, Thur, Sat 9:40
Kuala Lumpur – Nairobi D7 101 19:00 23:00 Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun 9:00

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