Aloha! A Quick Look at the AirAsia X Inaugural Flight to the United States

Aloha! A Quick Look at the AirAsia X Inaugural Flight to the United States

Earlier today or yesterday, depending on where you are, I took the inaugural AirAsia X flight from Osaka Kansai to Honolulu. While I will post a detailed report later on once I am back in Japan, I wanted to post a brief overview with some of the highlights today.

When I got to the check-in area almost three hours before the flight, it was already crowded. Unfortunately, it took a while to process my check-in due to some issue with the system not recognizing my visa. While I have no issue with that, I was left waiting without any sort of updates for quite a few minutes – the communication certainly could have been better. Luckily, that was the only negative part of the process.

AirAsia X Check-In

Prior to the flight at the departure gate, a tape cut ceremony was held. The VIPs cutting the tape included: Tan Sri Rafidah, Chairman of AirAsia X (middle) ; Benyamin Ismail, CEO of AirAsia X (left); and Gregory Jamet, CCO – Aero of Kansai Airport (right).

AirAsia X Osaka to Honolulu Tape Cut

During boarding, each passenger was given a gift bag containing a key holder, a  luggage tag, and some promotional materials.

AirAsia X Inaugural Gift Bag

Back at check-in, I purchased an upgrade into “Premium Flatbed” – AirAsia X’s business class product. As such, once onboard, I settled in 1K. Then, I spent some time walking around the cabin getting some photos – including the one below.

AirAsia X Cabin Crew

The flight itself was fairly uneventful as it was a night flight. However, it turned out that I was seated next to Benyamin, so I had a chance to chat with him a bit before turning down my seat and getting some rest.

AirAsia X CEO Benyamin Ismail

Upon arrival, we were welcome at the gate with lei and some hula dancing.

AirAsia X Honolulu Welcome

After clearing the immigration, I headed to the hotel to take a quick shower before going to Lagoon Drive to take photos of AirAsia X’s first departure out of Honolulu. More about that (and also more about the flight) later, though.

Stay tuned!

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