In 2010, I spent three months in Asia. In 2014, I spent another month in Asia. Combined, that’s a total of four months. While it’s not that much when I compare that number to other people, I think it’s still a significant amount of time.
Needless to say, with all this time spent in Asia, there was quite a bit of travelling involved. While some of it was by train, most of it was by plane. I flew the following routes within Asia:
- Shenzen to Chongqing
- Shanghai to Beijing
- Beijing to Tokyo
- Tokyo to Taipei
- Taipei to Bangkok
- Bangkok to Chiang Mai
- Chiang Mai to Bangkok
- Bangkok to Koh Samui
- Koh Samui to Krabi
- Krabi to Bangkok
- Bangkok to Hong Kong
- Singapore to Yogyakarta
- Yogyakarta to Bali
- Lombok to Kuala Lumpur
- Kuala Lumpur to Singapore
Among those flights, 7 were with Air Asia: Taipei to Bangkok, Bangkok to Chiang Mai, Krabi to Bangkok, Singapore to Yogyakarta, Yogyakarta to Bali, Lombok to Kuala Lumpur and Kuala Lumpur to Singapore.
What amazed me with Air Asia is that the flights were really cheap. I mean, in Thailand, Thai Airways would’ve been a good choice. But they were more expensive. And by a lot. In Indonesia, Garuda Indonesia would’ve been a good choice. But they were more expensive. And, you guessed it, by a lot! You can’t really beat a base fare of 0 $ from Kuala Lumpur to Singapore plus the fees. With a checked baggage, the total came up to less than 40 $CAD.
On my first flight with Air Asia, I was really wondering how they could turn a profit while offering such low prices. And while waiting at the gate, seeing that 30 minutes before departure, the plane still wasn’t there, that questioning grew bigger. But then the plane arrived. And I started to experience the Air Asia experience!
First of all, they turn the plane so quickly. I don’t know how they do it, but they do it. And I got my luggage every time. And they almost never use a jetbridge. They bring you by bus to their plane where stairs await.
But before stepping on the plane, because of the low fares, I really was wondering what kind of product I could expect. It turns out that their planes are in quite good shape (at least cosmetically, I can’t speak for the mechanical condition other than that they got me safely where I wanted to go!). Of course, the leg room is a little limited, but for short flights, it doesn’t really matter.
The crew was attentive, you could buy food if you wanted or get the food you prepaid for during booking, if you chose to get something.
They even have cool white smoke coming out in the cabin while we board! Anyone knows what it is? Dry ice? Insect repellant? Anyways, whatever it is, it looks cool!
So all in all, I was pretty happy with my Air Asia flights. They get safely you where you want to go, and for a cheap price! What do you want more?
Have you tried Air Asia yet? How was you flight?