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AirAsia anyone?

Any one flown Air Asia and care to share their experiences, especially regarding carry ons. They seem to have great fares for travel within Southeast Asia.

thanks,
jack

by Jack Kurtz at 2009-06-26 18:47:17 UTC Phoenix, Arizona , United States | Bookmark | | Report spam→

I can talk about Asiana but not Air Asia…

by [former member] | 26 Jun 2009 18:06 | Washington, DC, United States | | Report spam→
I flew with them this spring from Vietnam to Thailand( Bangkok,to Krabi and back. Never experienced a problem carrying my photo gear( several cameras,lenses,laptop etc) on their planes.I wouldn’t hesitate to say they are a good outfit to fly with.

by chip chipman | 26 Jun 2009 19:06 | THAILAND, Thailand | | Report spam→
Carry-ons is my biggest problem with them. Check the allowance for your flight and it’s probably something paltry like 1 piece with a 7kg limit. They are more prone to enforce it than others it seems, so that means you will have to check in anything over that amount. Since there is no check-in allowance with them, you might find you will be paying a lot of money if you travel with a lot of gear like I do. I paid something like $85 for a flight from BKK to Phuket, only to find I had to pay another $80 for my ~40kg of check in luggage. It still may be the cheapest option, but watch out for those fees.

by Tommy Huynh | 26 Jun 2009 20:06 | San Antonio, United States | | Report spam→
What Tommy said.
I’ve flown with them literally dozens of times, all over SE Asia. Basic fares are cheap – baggage fees are outrageous. It’s often cheaper to fly Thai if you are checking bags.
Generally, they don’t say peep about carry on bags. But that is, of course, completely up to the people at the gate.
Caveat Emptor.

by [former member] | 26 Jun 2009 22:06 | The Farms, United States | | Report spam→
Ditto what Tommy said. but if you are flying with minimal gear, then its a very good deal. Fleet seems safe, and they seem pretty good with being on time. there’s an amazing sale going on right now for their flights, but you have to book by tomorrow, 28 june, for flights between oct 2009 and april 2010. check their website.

by [former member] | 27 Jun 2009 07:06 | Hanoi, Vietnam | | Report spam→
I fly a lot with Air Asia out of Bangkok. I typically travel with a Think Tank Airport roller (loaded to the brim), as carry on. No problems so far. I check a smaller bag with clothes etc.. in at the counter. Solid airline. Good service.

by Thomas Pickard | 27 Jun 2009 09:06 | Tawau, Malaysia | | Report spam→
Thanks!
jack

by Jack Kurtz | 27 Jun 2009 14:06 | Phoenix, Arizona, United States | | Report spam→
especially regarding carry ons…….what do you intend to do, have a durrie in the dunny after a sexual experience ……..Carry ons…… like that will get you the boot or a prize

by Imants | 27 Jun 2009 14:06 (ed. Jun 27 2009) | "The Boneyard 017º", Australia | | Report spam→
Between Hanoi, Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur I pretty much only fly Air Asia. Some flight times back home can be ridiculously early in the morning, but otherwise I’ve never had a problem with them, and would recommend the company to anyone traveling around the region. Great prices too, though I don’t know all that much about their baggage fees past what I carry on (not much).

by Aaron Joel Santos | 14 Dec 2009 01:12 | Hanoi, Vietnam | | Report spam→
I fly with Air Asia on a regular basis all around South East Asia, Never had a single problem with carry on, even when i travel with video gear. In any case, if you pre-buy your check in luggage online when you buy your ticket, then it’s not so expensive.

The only time the check-in staff gave me some crap, I open my gear bag and showed it to them, and explained that my little bag is worth over 15,000$ so if it’s going into the plane’s belly, I’m going with it. After a couple of minutes of debate and calling the supervisor, they let me on with a smile.

by [former member] | 14 Dec 2009 10:12 | Bangkok, Thailand | | Report spam→
When I flew with them we had to land to take on wood….

by L--T | 14 Dec 2009 22:12 | Japan, Japan | | Report spam→
I fly with Air Asia often and have never had a problem.

A couple quick hints:
Buy the meal online when you make your reservation. You can buy when you fly, but you’ll have to settle for leftovers.

If your luggage is over 15 Kilos, pay for extra weight when you make your reservation. Cheaper and easier by far.

I fly to Malaysia on Friday with Air Asia. A rock climbing-photography trip.

by Emmanuel Lacoste | 16 Dec 2009 07:12 | Blue Mountains, Australia | | Report spam→
I just flew Air Asia from Bangkok to Yangon and back. On both segments I carried two small carry-ons, a Tamrac backpack for my camera gear and a Patagonia backpack for my laptop, etc. On neither flight was I questioned about carrying two bags on. Good airline from my experience.

by Russ Taylor | 17 Dec 2009 12:12 | Yangon, Myanmar | | Report spam→
Six months ago I flew from Sydney to KL Malaysia with Air Asia, they were the worst airline I have ever flown with in my life. It was an overnight trip, the air-con in the cabin was set at about -5 degrees celcius, and for the 7hr or so trip the lights were off for about 2hrs. I heard many passengers complaining. But everyone here seems to think they are fantastic. That said, compared to many domestic airlines in the US, I guess they are not that bad.

by Stephen Mclaren | 18 Dec 2009 11:12 (ed. Dec 18 2009) | Hobart, Australia | | Report spam→
I use them for short hops around Asia all the time. Great for that.
I don’t think I would consider for long haul.

by Ian Taylor | 18 Dec 2009 12:12 | Hong Kong, Hong Kong | | Report spam→
Quote: Ian Taylor. “I don’t think I would consider for long haul.”
………………………….

Longhaul operations is operated by its subsidiary AirAsia X.

by L--T | 19 Dec 2009 10:12 | Japan, Japan | | Report spam→
pretty solid Airline, flew internal flights in Thailand with them and flew Kl to London with them, cheap and cheerful

by Darragh Mason Field | 19 Dec 2009 16:12 | New Delhi, India | | Report spam→
I’ve flown with Air Asia a few times throughout SE Asia and typically carry-on 12-15kg with no issues. I believe they have a checked luggage option when you book which will be cheaper than running the risk at check-in? …the KL Air Asia terminal is horrendous though and reason enough to avoid them if possible. Aside from the terminal I have no problems with them though.

Personally, I fly more often with Tiger – they may be a little more for the fare but baggage options are more flexible… and it seems to be a more professional outfit.

Also consider Jetstar – another worthy budget operator.

by AP | 10 Jan 2010 02:01 | Perth, Australia | | Report spam→
I flew with them several times this summer throughout SE Asia, always with two carry-ons and they never blinked an eye.

by William Palank | 05 Dec 2010 16:12 | San Francisco, United States | | Report spam→
In Malaysia, Air Asia are well known for its delayness (1-2 hours delay.. not funny). When they just started their business there’s lots of problem happen with the plane. Im not sure thou, my last flight with them was early 2008 from my hometown Kota Kinabalu to Kuala Lumpur.

After that Malaysia Airlines started to sell some reasonable airfares for domestic flight within Malaysia. RM100+ (USD31+) expensive but you get free drinks and meal.

by Flanegan V Bainon | 05 Dec 2010 22:12 | Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia | | Report spam→
I love air Asia. I’ve had no problem carrying bags so big they should have been checked on the plane. The staff is friendly and helpful and the planes are great. You can purchase hot seats for only a few dollars extra.

by Nathan Keirn | 08 Dec 2010 12:12 | Hat Yai, Thailand | | Report spam→
I flew them Taipei – KL return earlier this year. No problem with carryon ( lowepro computrekker aw) that was very full. Food on board wasn’t great so took our own in the return leg and they didn’t seem to mind .

by Craig Ferguson | 08 Dec 2010 14:12 | Taipei, Taiwan | | Report spam→
i flew with them many times with no problem, camera bag weights about 20kg and they have never said anything to me about carrying it on, great airline for moving around asia

by Jeffrey Bright | 24 Dec 2010 16:12 | Rattnakiri, Cambodia | | Report spam→

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Participants

Jack Kurtz, Photojournalist Jack Kurtz
Photojournalist
Bangkok , Thailand
chip chipman, Photojournalist chip chipman
Photojournalist
Berkeley,Ca , United States ( SFO )
Tommy Huynh, Travel & Corporate Photog Tommy Huynh
Travel & Corporate Photog
Houston , United States
Thomas Pickard, Photographer Thomas Pickard
Photographer
Rarotonga , Cook Islands
Imants, gecko hunter Imants
gecko hunter
" The Boneyard" , Australia
Aaron Joel Santos, Photographer Aaron Joel Santos
Photographer
Hanoi , Vietnam
L--T, Helipilot ATPL(H)CPL/IR L--T
Helipilot ATPL(H)CPL/IR
(Hokkaido. Japan)
Hokkaido , Japan
Emmanuel Lacoste, PHOTOGRAPHER WRITER Emmanuel Lacoste
PHOTOGRAPHER WRITER
Blue Mountains , Australia
Russ Taylor, Freelance Photographer Russ Taylor
Freelance Photographer
Salta , Argentina
Stephen Mclaren, Stephen Mclaren
Bali , Indonesia ( DPS )
Ian Taylor, Photographer Ian Taylor
Photographer
Bangkok , Thailand
Darragh Mason Field, Documentary photographer Darragh Mason Field
Documentary photographer
(Documentary / Travel photograp)
Bundi , India
AP, AP
Busan , Korea (South) ( PUS )
William Palank, William Palank
(Photographer)
Addis Ababa , Ethiopia ( ADD )
Flanegan V Bainon, Photographer Flanegan V Bainon
Photographer
(Flanegan B)
Kota Kinabalu , Malaysia
Nathan Keirn, IT Nathan Keirn
IT
Okinawa , Japan
Craig Ferguson, Photographer Craig Ferguson
Photographer
(cfimages)
Taipei , Taiwan
Jeffrey Bright, Photographer Jeffrey Bright
Photographer
Gaza , Occupied Palestinian Territory


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