AirAsia Berhad subsidiary AirAsia X is eyeing to fly to the United States west coast as it builds on its Honolulu Hawaii route. The airline is looking to fly to California, either at Oakland, San Francisco, and San Jose, utilizing its Airbus A330-900NEO. In a report from The Points Guy, an AirAsia X official said that the airline looks to begin US mainland flights from Japan.
The airline will be operating a higher gross weight version of the A330-900NEO which is due to arrive in 2021. The aircraft will have a bi-class configuration which is common among AirAsia X widebody jets. The airline ordered 78 A330-900NEO.
AirAsia X had been looking to serve the US mainland for years, but is not a beginner in long-haul low-cost flights. Ten years ago, the airline operated flights to London and Paris but was shortlived. In 2012, AirAsia X rolled-out an Airbus A340-300 painted in the colors of the Oakland Raiders NFL team. Tony Fernandez, AirAsia Group's Chief Executive Officer, said that flights to Oakland were considered. It was in 2017 when AirAsia X began flying to Honolulu.
The idea to fly to California was once again was brought back in 2018 by Fernandes but was looking at Los Angeles instead of the Bay Area.
Two low-cost airlines, AirAsia X and Jetstar of Australia flies to Honolulu. If AirAsia X would fly to the California, they will be the first Asian long-haul low-cost airline to fly to the US mainland. So far, no Asian LCC has attempted to fly beyond Honolulu from Asia. Long haul flights are usually dominated by full-service carriers.