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AirAsia X Signs Firm Contract with GE for A330-200 Engines

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AirAsia X has signed a firm contract with GE for the purchase of CF6-80E1 engines to power the three new Airbus A330-200s (with the option of two additional aircraft) scheduled for delivery from 2012.

In addition, AirAsia X has also signed a 20 year On-Point solutions agreement with GE for the maintenance, repair and overhaul of the CF6-80E1 engines.

The A330-200, which is capable of flying non-stop from Kuala Lumpur to Europe will be configured in a two class layout with 24 Premium flatbeds and 264 Economy seats.

“GE is proud to play an integral part in AirAsiaX’s ambitious long-term expansion plans,” said Kevin McAllister, Vice President and General Manager of Global Sales, GE Aviation. “GE has incorporated the latest technology advances in the compressor, combustor and turbine section of the CF6-80E1 engine to improve fuel efficient, reduce emissions, and increase engine time-on-wing, which will greatly benefit AirAsiaX’s operations.”

AirAsia X said the deal is valued at over US$600 million.

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