HAMBURG — Nov. 20, 2019: AirAsia is confident its order of 353 Airbus A321neo will be the backbone of its operations and ultimately enabling it to offer lower fares.
This is because the A321neo will allow the group to offer higher capacity in response to ongoing strong demand across its network.
“The new aircraft gives us 50 more seats compared with the existing A320neo. So we are able to lower fuel cost per seat for even lower fares and add up to 40 per cent more cargo,” said senior manager for aircraft planning and evaluation, Matthew Glaus, today at the delivery of AirAsia’s first A321neo.
AirAsia Indonesia CEO Veranita Yosephine and Airbus head of the A320 Family Michael Menking were present.
Glaus said the A321neo will benefit the airline in terms of operational efficiency as the planes will be deployed for slot-constrained sectors.
AirAsia will initially operate the aircraft from its Kuala Lumpur hub to cities across Asia, with the first destinations being Kuching and Kota Kinabalu.
AirAsia’s A321neo features a single class layout with 236 seats whereas the A320neo has 186 seats.
The A321neo is a member of the best-selling A320 Family, delivering 20 per cent reduced fuel burn as well as 50 per cent less noise compared to the previous generation aircraft.
The new aircraft made its way back to KL after the delivery and is scheduled to arrive at klia2 tomorrow with 50 media and AirAsia personnel. — Bernama