KUALA LUMPUR — Aug. 30, 2019: AirAsia X has signed an agreement with Airbus for 12 A330neo and 30 A321 XLR aircraft worth more than US$5 billion, a deal that will allow AirAsia to potentially expand its footprint, especially into Eastern Europe.
The order also reaffirms the company’s selection of the A330neo as the most effective choice for its future wide-body fleet.
“In addition, the A321 XLR offers the longest flying range of any single-aisle aircraft and will enable us to introduce services to new destinations,” AirAsia group chief executive officer Tan Sri Tony Fernandeshe said here today.
Among destinations that AirAsia is looking into are Nice and London.
“London has always been close to our heart and with these new aircraft, we are positive we can reach there and return (profitably),” he said.
Airbus CEO Guillaume Faury said AirAsia X has been the pioneer in long-haul low-cost model in the Asia-Pacific.
“This new order for both aircraft model is an endorsement of Airbus’ solution to meet mid-market demand with a combination of single-aisle and wide-body products.
“It will provide AirAsia X with the lowest possible operating cost to expand its network and enable more people to fly further than before,” he said.
The new contract will increase the number of A330Neo aircraft orders by AirAsia X to 78. — Bernama