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AirAsia aims to fly to US West Coast via Japan by 2020

CEO says he hopes to use Nagoya as transit hub for new long-haul routes

AirAsia Group Chief Executive Tony Fernandes outlines the company's ambitions to serve the U.S. and Europe, using Nagoya as a possible transit hub. (Photo by Tsuyoshi Tamehiro)

TOKYO -- AirAsia Group aims to fly to Los Angeles and San Francisco on the west coast of the U.S. by 2020 from its base in Southeast Asia via Japan, Chief Executive Tony Fernandes told the Nikkei Asian Review on Aug. 16.

Asia's largest budget carrier has grown rapidly in the region, but Fernandes underlined his strategy to take passengers to North America and Europe as the company's next step of development. He sees Japan as a connecting hub between Asia and the west.

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