Budget Air Travel Goes Long-Haul

Travel Blog  •  Eva Holland  •  03.16.09 | 12:25 PM ET

Last week marked the first long-haul flight by a low-cost carrier—99 pounds for a 13-hour flight from London to Kuala Lumpur, anyone?—and the Guardian went along for the inaugural ride. Maxton Walker sets the scene: “As we budget guinea-pigs join the queue at check-in, horror stories swirl about non-reclining seats and the lack of legroom. There’s even a suggestion that if you don’t book a meal in advance, you’ll just have to starve. I haven’t, needless to say, booked a meal in advance.” His full review of the Air Asia experience is heartening, and surprisingly entertaining.

Eva Holland is co-editor of World Hum. She is a former associate editor at Up Here and Up Here Business magazines, and a contributor to Vela. She's based in Canada's Yukon territory.

3 Comments for Budget Air Travel Goes Long-Haul

Travel-world 03.16.09 | 8:29 PM ET

It is a very long travel..I only experienced 9-10 hours travel but not almost 10. Good luck and God bless for the safe travel.

Grizzly Bear Mom 03.17.09 | 12:11 PM ET

People paid only L99 for a long haul flight and then COMPLAINED?  What were they expecting for that price? It they use public transportation you will be exposed to THE PUBLIC including all their irritating habits and should plan accordingly, books, sleeping pills, wine, sunglasses, black out mask, etc.

Corbin 04.18.09 | 1:40 PM ET

Sounds like a steal - Unfortunately Canada isn’t offering any insane travel deals like this. The occasional seat sale, but Air Canada has a cruel habbit of adding taxes that triple the cost of the initial sale. Not very Canadian. haha.

I would be more than happy to starve for a few hours than buy some expensive airline food. Call me cheap, but I’d rather work up an appetite for my arrival.

One last thing - Were the taxes for this flight nuts? Or is this a true blue seat sale, 99 pound all in kinda thing?

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