AirAsia X has signed a letter of intent with
International Lease Finance Corporation (ILFC) for the lease of
six Airbus A330-300.
The aircraft are the same model as those that
AirAsia X purchased directly from Airbus, with Rolls-Royce Trent
700 engines and a maximum take-off weight of 233 tons.
six aircraft which are scheduled for delivery between 2013 and
2014 will be operated on the carrier’s expanding network in Asia Pacific.
X will lease the six aircraft on a 10-year lease term. The six
leased aircraft will be reconfigured to meet AirAsia X’s existing
Airbus A330-300 configuration of 12 Premium Flatbeds and 365
Azran Osman-Rani, CEO of AirAsia X said, “These six aircraft, together with existing delivery orders from
Airbus, will see AirAsia X’s growth develop, with a total of seven
deliveries each in 2013 and 2014, with the aim of being the
dominant market leader in the low-cost long-haul segment. We intend to deploy the additional capacity with a vision to
solidify our positions in our identified core markets, including
Australia, China, Taiwan, Korea, and Japan.”
ILFC Chief Executive Officer, Henri
Courpro, said, “ILFC is pleased to welcome AirAsia X as our new
customer in the Asia Pacific region. This new partnership will
support the long-haul business of AirAsia X and reinforce the
airline's position in low-cost segment of the market.”
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