Flight from Kuala Lumpur Malaysia to New Zealand (2011)
While going around South East Asia I had subscribed to receive news from various airlines operating in the area, just in case I got a good bargain on any flight. One night in Saigon (Vietnam) I received an email from AirAsia, a low cost carrier based in Malaysia. They were having a new line all the way to New Zealand, flying to Chistchurch. Return flight from Malaysia for... €300!!! I couldn't believe it. Put some thought into it since I was running pretty low on money and I knew New Zealand would be expensive but I was certain I would be able to get some job and earn some money there. So the next day it was click click and I was going to New Zealand soon enough, on Christmas day! The funny thing is that after I took that flight, they stopped flying to New Zealand. So I was one of the few people who flew back then with such a low cost.
The flight was not full, the staff was friendly but during the flight EVERYTHING had an extra charge. Nothing came for free, not even a blanket. Drinks, blankets, even the screen to watch movies, you needed to pay for. Asking for some hot water to make my own instant noodles it was kindly declined, as I was informed they were selling the exact same noodles thus unable to provide hot water for people who had their own. Still, you couldn't beat the price of that flight so all these details were not important.
It took around 10 hours to fly the approximately 8700km from Kuala Lumpur to Christchurch... I arrived just a bit before midnight on Christmas day...
GPS coordinates for places in this post, click on them to be redirected to the exact point in google maps. Click on the names to be redirected to their official websites (if applicable).
Air Asia website: https://www.airasia.com
Kuala Lumpur International Airport: 2°44'31.4"N 101°42'04.4"E
Christchurch International Airport: 43°29'15.2"S 172°32'14.7"E
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