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It might sound too good to be true, but it's not.

Low-cost airline AirAsia X will start running flights to the Malaysian capital from Stansted airport in March.

Tickets are on sale now and cost from £99 in economy class and £549 in premium XL seats.

Flights will run five times a week initially, but the airline hopes it will soon become a daily service.

AirAsia group CEO Tony Fernandes said: "As time passes, there will be more promotions and the fare could well fall further.

"We always look to make the fare as low as possible."

AirAsia X's CEO, Azran Osman-Rani, added: "The London route allows those who have always wanted to travel between Europe and ASEAN [the Association of South East Asian Nations] to achieve their dream at an affordable price.

"We have always been enthusiastic about venturing into Europe since we launched, and the establishment of this route is a significant achievement for us."

Flights will be on an Airbus A340 with 286 seats.

AirAsia X is the low cost, long haul affiliate of AirAsia, which runs flights to more than 100 destinations throughout ASEAN, China and India.

AirAsia X covers destinations more than four hours' flight time from Kuala Lumpur, including the Gold Coast, Perth and Melbourne in Australia, and Hangzhou in China.

BAA Stansted's commercial and development director, Nick Barton, said: "We're delighted to have been selected as the UK gateway from which AirAsia X will launch this first low-cost, non-stop flight between London and Kuala Lumpur, which offers onward connections across Asia and to Australia.

"This announcement is not only exciting news for Stansted but a significant milestone for low-cost, long haul air travel around the world."

Prices for Stansted Mid Stay airport parking start at just £7.36 per day.

This price is correct for bookings searched on December 16, 2008. Prices are subject to change. Book your Stansted airport parking in advance to get the best prices and availability.