AirAsia has placed a firm order with Airbus
worth US$ 18.5 billion at list prices for
200 A320neo aircraft.
The contract, announced at the Paris Air Show
today, is the largest order ever placed for the A320 Family and
makes AirAsia the biggest airline customer for the Airbus single
aisle product line worldwide.
AirAsia's A320neo aircraft will be powered by
CFM International’s new LEAP-X engines.
Altogether, AirAsia has now placed firm orders
for 375 A320 Family aircraft, with 89 already in service on the
carrier's fast-growing pan-Asian network.
In addition, the
carrier's long haul affiliate AirAsia X is also an all-Airbus
customer having placed orders for 38 widebody aircraft.
Tan Sri Dr Tony Fernandes, Group Chief Executive
Officer, AirAsia, said, “AirAsia is now the largest airline
customer of Airbus. We were surprised to learn this, but we are
proud of how far we’ve come in less than ten years of operations.
This is an important milestone in our growth, and this solidifies
our position as the world’s best low-cost airline. The new order
is to cater to expansion plans in the
Clark as its hub],
other parts of Asia. We have the capacity to take up to 500
aircraft. AirAsia has been hugely successful, increasing its
annual passenger volume from 200,000 when we launched it as a
low-cost airline in 2001 to an estimated 31 million this year.”
Incorporating new engines and large wing tip devices called
Sharklets, Airbus says the A320neo will deliver fuel savings of 15% and
additional range capability of 500 nautical miles (950
kilometers), or the ability to carry two tonnes more payload at a
For the environment, the fuel savings translate into
some 3,600 tonnes less CO2 per aircraft per year. In addition, the
A320neo will provide a double-digit reduction in NOx emissions and
reduced engine noise.
“With the introduction of the Airbus A320neo,
AirAsia guests can look forward to more exciting routes from
AirAsia as we can now explore more destinations with the enhanced
range presented by the new-gen aircraft. We always believe in
embracing technological advancements, and this new generation of
Airbus A320neo aircraft will put us ahead of the competition and
continue to be frontrunners in the volatile aviation industry,”
added Tan Sri Dr. Tony Fernandes.
AirAsia’s Airbus A320 aircraft are utilized on
routes of up to 4 hours throughout its extensive route network
covering 130 routes and 63 destinations in South East Asia, China,
India and Australia via Bali, Indonesia.
The Paris Air Show is being held this week at Le
Bourget near the French capital, Paris.
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