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AirAsia X Orders 3 New Airbus A330-200s

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AirAsia X has signed a firm contract for 3 new Airbus A330-200s with an option for 2 more.

This brings the airlines total order to 28 A330s. Scheduled for delivery from 2014, the aircraft will be operated on the carrier's expanding network, offering low cost flights to destinations in Europe, Asia and the Pacific.

AirAsia X has ordered the 238 tonne increased take-off weight version of the A330-200, which is capable of flying non-stop from Kuala Lumpur to Europe. The airline will configure the aircraft in a two class layout with 24 Premium flatbeds and 264 Economy seats.

Azran Osman-Rani, Chief Executive Officer of AirAsia X, said, This order reflects our positive outlook for the long haul low cost market out of Asia and the investment valued at RM1.5 billion would contribute significantly to the Prime Ministers Economic Transformation Programme (ETP) targets, specifically in realising the Prime Ministers strategy of prioritising direct flights to strategic and important markets. This would ensure Malaysia achieves its tourism targets in 2020.

AirAsia is one of the largest low cost airline groups in the Asia Pacific region. Altogether, the group has now ordered over 200 aircraft from Airbus, including 175 single aisle A320s, 28 A330s and 10 A350 XWBs.

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