How bad is Air Asia?

#1 Feb 7th, 2018, 13:15
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Is it as bad as its made out to be? I've had a few bad flights - US domestic (united, had me check both bags on account of size and was squished in middle seat), Spicejet in India (leg room)....

Also among the low cost airlines leaving India for SE asia - any comparison between Air Asia vs Scoot or Tiger (is is still around)?

I dont have a specific sector in mind, but vaguely looking at ex delhi to somewhere in SE asia, the cheapest fares that pop up are always these airlines.
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Between Air Asia & Scoot (Tiger is now scoot) there is no comparison. Scoot by a length. Air Asia is RyanAir with slightly polite in-flight staff. Or, to put into perspective - Indian Airlines of the past, had surly in-fright gummint staff

Air Asia will charge you for everything, if asked outside the scheduled service window. Having said that, the planes are new, and upholstery well maintained.

The advantage for using Air Asia is its frequent flights ex-KLIA2 (a.k.a LCC2, the Kuala Lumpur's Low Cost Carrier terminal.) to many destinations in South East Asia. Air Asia has been able to monetize out of thin air, seats that no one else thinks of - Child-free seating zone

Amongst the LCC, SilkAir is the best overall. But it flies to many destinations in India, except DEL.
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It's fine for a short haul flight if you're ok with very basic economy airlines. It's very no frills but efficient. I flew it between Cambodia and Vietnam and from Saigon to Bangkok. Never flown it from India though.
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Originally Posted by BholeBaba View Post It's fine for a short haul flight if you're ok with very basic economy airlines. It's very no frills but efficient. I flew it between Cambodia and Vietnam and from Saigon to Bangkok. Never flown it from India though.
True. It's good for commuter distances. Most popular being SIN-KUL - Less than a couple of drinks at Smoke & Mirrors
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Had travelled in sectors CGK-KUL & KUL-TRZ (back in 2014). They are cheap and efficient.
#6 Feb 7th, 2018, 19:18
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Used AirAsia twice in and out of KL and had no problems whatsoever. The KL low-cost terminal was a bit chaotic and wasn't very easy to figure out. The flight itself was fairly comfortable with moderate legroom and friendly staff. Wasn't bad for a couple of 20 dollar trips.

But then, I'm the sort of person who would take the cheapest available route in and out of a place, so you should probably take this with a pinch of salt.
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We use Air Asia for our flights from Perth to Asia. They are reasonably priced. Are they a great airline? No. Do they do the job at a decent price? Yes.
You pays your money and you takes your choice! Depending on your situation I guess; in our current situation AA fits the bill. If I could afford to be flying Singapore or Cathay, yes, I would.
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-cross posted-

I wouldn't fly Air Asia if somebody else was paying, although I have flown worse even when somebody else was paying.

Else, for a short-ish flight, I wouldn't think twice if it was even moderately cheaper than the others. As with other things in life, you may find that the key to contentment is low expectations.
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Iím a huge fan of Air Asia. Have flown them probably upwards of 20 times. Iíve had one bad flight (on the short lived KL-London a decade ago).

Ergo. Short haul good. Long haul bad.

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I am surprised no one mentioned the poor safety record. On a route where there are no better choices (e.g. intra-Nepal routes), i'd take the less than safe best option. But, if there is a choice of carriers - I'd personally pass upon the decidedly inferior safety record airlines. Air Asia shows up on too often in the dubious safety record airlines...

Of course, even the airlines with the best ratings have mishaps and accidents..

https://thewest.com.au/news/wa/airli...-ng-b88517785z
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Kmalik! You have used a quote from the West Australian newspaper! Well I never! I wouldn't believe what that particular newspaper if it told me the sun would rise in the east tomorrow- I'd have to check for myself.
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Vaibhav, I have used it quite a few times and its efficient and do its job, We definitely don't expect and Singapore Air or Emirates out of them and if that objective is clear, I see no reason avoiding them.
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Originally Posted by Keith H View Post Kmalik! You have used a quote from the West Australian newspaper! Well I never! I wouldn't believe what that particular newspaper if it told me the sun would rise in the east tomorrow- I'd have to check for myself.
Thatís one of the many links that came up on googling air Asia safety record. [Not just air Asia, I always google safety record of any airline I am taking that I am not familiar with.]

But, do let us know if the sun rises in the East tomorrow
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For safety record, my thumb rule is to consult the TSBs (Transport Safety Boards) of individual countries. For issues with ISOs and procedures, both FAA (US) and EASA (EU) would be first step in my case, as they certify airlines flying into US, or EU. I vaguely recall that Australian equiv of Safety board had issued an incident report last month (I just saw a tweet)
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Originally Posted by NomadicBoo View Post
Ergo. Short haul good. Long haul bad.

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How short is short? Is Del-KL short?
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