AirAsia X (D7, Kuala Lumpur Int'l) has once more dropped plans to resume long-haul, intercontinental services to Europe, AirAsia Group Chief Executive Officer Tony Fernandes has confirmed.

Speaking via social media, Fernandes said the carrier would continue to focus on developing its Asian market presence. Flights to Honolulu, Hawaii, via Japan, that are slated to start later this month, will remain the exception and not the norm.

"We have decided that ultra-long haul is not relevant now. [We] won't get seduced into price wars over London," he said "We [will] let the full-service guys fight it out over Europe. Many of them bleeding so so much."

AirAsia X flights between Kuala Lumpur Int'l and London Gatwick were originally planned to resume this month using a pair of dry-leased B777-300(ER)s. The B777s were seen as a more expedient choice over the A330-900neo (for which the AirAsia unit has orders for sixty-six) given the latter type is now only due to enter service in 2019.