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.
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).
During boarding, each passenger was given a gift bag containing a key holder, a luggage tag, and some promotional materials.
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.
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.
Upon arrival, we were welcome at the gate with lei and some hula dancing.
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.