AirAsia X has finalised a agency order with Airbus for a further 12 A330-900 and 30 A321XLR plane.
The contract was signed by Tan Sri Rafidah Aziz, chairman of AirAsia X, and Guillaume Faury, chief govt of Airbus in Kuala Lumpur earlier.
The deal was signed within the presence of Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, the prime minister of Malaysia.
Tan Sri Tony Fernandes, chief govt, AirAsia Group, who was current on the signing, stated: “This order reaffirms our number of the A330neo as probably the most environment friendly selection for our future widebody fleet.
“As well as, the A321XLR presents the longest flying vary of any single aisle plane and can allow us to introduce providers to new locations.
“Collectively, these plane are excellent companions for long-haul low-cost operations and can permit us to construct additional on our market main place on this fast-growing sector.”
The brand new contract will increase the variety of A330neo plane ordered by AirAsia X to 78, reaffirming the service’s standing as the biggest airline buyer for the kind.
In the meantime, the A321XLR order sees the broader AirAsia Group strengthen its place because the world’s largest airline buyer for the A320 household, having now ordered a complete of 622 plane.
Faury commented: “AirAsia X has been the pioneer of the long-haul low-cost mannequin within the Asia-Pacific area.
“This new order for the A330neo and A321XLR is a real endorsement of the Airbus answer to fulfill mid-market demand with a mixture of single aisle and widebody merchandise.
“This highly effective answer will present AirAsia X with the bottom attainable working prices to broaden its community and allow much more folks to fly additional than ever earlier than.”
AirAsia X at the moment operates a fleet of 36 A330-300s on providers to factors throughout the Asia-Pacific area and the Center East.
As well as, in August the primary A330neo joined the fleet of AirAsia’s Bangkok-based long-haul affiliate, AirAsia X Thailand.
The plane is the primary of two leased A330neos becoming a member of the airline’s Thai affiliate by the tip of the yr.