AirAsia X has signed a firm contract for 3 new
Airbus A330-200s with an option for 2 more.
This brings the airline’s
total order to 28 A330’s. 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
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 Minister’s
Economic Transformation Programme (ETP) targets, specifically in
realising the Prime Minister’s 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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