AirAsia X has launched flights to Christchurch, New Zealand, and to celebrate the airline has said it will donate a percentage of each ticket purchased by every passenger travelling to and from New Zealand to help fund the restoration of some of the Christchurch’s most iconic buildings.
“We’ve set a target of raising RM500,000 (NZ$220,000) and expect to reach the target within 12 months,” said AirAsia X CEO Azran Osman-Rani. “We thank our guests for all the support and hope this financial gesture will assist in some way to restore Christchurch’s heritage icons ... It made sense to contribute to preserving some of the things that almost every traveler to the South Island takes a photo of. The image presented by the Arts Centre, the Cathedral and other beautiful historic buildings is not only central to the city’s tourism image, when fully restored they will become an enduring reminder of the community’s remarkable resilience”
Severely damaged by the 22 February earthquake, Christchurch’s Anglican Cathedral alone is estimated to cost tens of millions to strengthen and reconstruct.
To mark the arrival of the first flight, AirAsia X is offering a promotional all-in Economy fare from as low as RM 499 (NZ$279) one way and all-in, Premium fare from as low as RM1799 (NZ$799) one way from Kuala Lumpur to Christchurch for bookings until 5 April 2011 for travel from 11 November 2010 to 29 February, 2011.
And to top the icing on the cake, the airline is offering a 24-hour sale of 15% off on all seats, all flights to all AirAsia X destinations for guests only departing from Christchurch to Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur), India (Delhi, Mumbai), China (Chengdu), Taiwan (Taipei), France (Paris), and UK (Stansted). The 24-hour sale is available online from 4 (0000 NZDT) to 5 (0000NDZT) April 2011 for travel between 1 August 2011 to 29 February 2012. Terms and conditions apply.
The launch of AirAsia flights to Christchurch is forecast to add 70,000 new visitors to New Zealand in the first year of operation – nearly half that which will be achieved by the Rugby World Cup.