AirAsia X and GE Aviation have signed a
Memorandum of Understanding for the selection of CF6-80E1 engines
to power the airline's 25 new firm Airbus A330-300 aircraft, with
options for an additional three A330 aircraft.
The engines will be covered by a multi-year OnPoint solution service agreement for engine maintenance, repair
The list price for the engines and the service
agreement is valued at more than US$1.5 billion over the life of
At the signing ceremony witnessed by Malaysian
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, U.S. President Barack
Obama, Tan Sri Tony Fernandes, AirAsia Group CEO said, "To power
our new order of 25 additional Airbus A330-300 aircraft, we are pleased to select GE CF6-80E1 engines. GE was selected based on
technical reliability and fuel efficiency performance with
combined competitive pricing that will ensure AirAsia X maintains
our competitive advantage as the world's lowest unit cost airline
operator, with industry-leading reliability performance. We firmly
intend to be the undisputed global market leader in the long-haul
low-cost carrier space."
With this order, GE becomes AirAsia X's second core
"Our fleet size has reached sufficient scale to
support two engine types, with sufficient spare engine coverage,
specialist engineers and technicians, and strong on-site service
commitment from both engine providers. GE's long -standing
relationship and track record with the AirAsia Group, gave us
confidence to make this selection," said Fernandes.
GE's CF6 engines have been among the most utilized and
reliable in the industry. Powering more than 10 models of
wide-body aircraft, the engine family has established an
unparalleled record of reliability for more than 40 years with
more than 395 million flight-hours in service with more than 200
GE Aviation has continuously
reinvested in the CF6 platform and is refining component
efficiencies across the CF6-80E1 engine to provide improvements in
fuel efficiency for Airbus's enhanced A330 aircraft. More than 560
CF6-80E1 engines have been delivered for the Airbus A330 aircraft.
AirAsia X currently operates a fleet of 16
Airbus A330-300s, each with a seat configuration of 12 Premium
Flatbeds and 365 Economy seats.
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