AirAsia X has placed an order with Airbus for an
additional 34 A330neo widebody aircraft.
The latest agreement reaffirms AirAsia X’s
position as the largest airline customer for the A330neo, with the
total number of aircraft ordered by the airline increasing to 100.
All the A330neo aircraft ordered by AirAsia X are the larger
AirAsia X will be the first airline in Asia to
operate the A330neo, with deliveries of aircraft on order with
Airbus scheduled to start in Q4 2019. The A330neo will be operated
by AirAsia X out of its bases in Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia.
The range capability of the A330neo enables non-stop
services to Europe, including from Kuala Lumpur or Bangkok to London,
AirAsia Co-Founder and AirAsia X Group Chief
Executive Officer Kamarudin Meranun said, "Long haul low-cost is
something we strongly believe in, and this order shows our
confidence in the AirAsia X model. We lobbied hard for the A330neo
after seeing the success of the A320neo, and working closely with
Airbus, we have arrived at an aircraft that we are confident will
allow us to expand our low fares offering beyond Asia Pacific to
the rest of the world.”
The A330-900, with a list price of US$296.4
million, is powered by new generation Rolls-Royce
Trent 7000 engines.
The A330neo is currently nearing completion of
its flight test programme with certification expected in the
coming weeks followed by entry into commercial service in
AirAsia Co-Founder and AirAsia X Co-Group Chief
Executive Officer, Tan Sri
said, “Our decision not
only to reconfirm our existing order for 66 A330neo, but to add 34
more, follows what is probably one of the most thorough aircraft
evaluations the industry has ever seen. We have looked at every
aspect of the A330neo from technical performance and reliability
to passenger comfort and it is clearly the right aircraft for us
to expand efficiently our fast-growing long haul network.”
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