AirAsia X – the long haul arm of the AirAsia Group – has today (30 August) finalised a firm order with Airbus for an additional 12 A330-900 and 30 A321XLR aircraft.
The new contract increases the number of A330neo aircraft (pictured above) ordered by AirAsia X to 78, reaffirming the carrier’s status as the largest airline customer for the type.
Meanwhile, the A321XLR order sees the wider AirAsia Group strengthen its position as the world’s largest airline customer for the A320 series, having now ordered a total of 622 aircraft.
Air Asia Group CEO, Tony Fernandes, who was present at the signing today, said: “This order reaffirms our selection of the A330neo as the most efficient choice for our future widebody fleet. In addition, the A321XLR offers the longest flying range of any single aisle aircraft and will enable us to introduce services to new destinations.
“Together, these aircraft are perfect partners for long haul low cost operations and will allow us to build further on our market leading position in this fast-growing sector.”
AirAsia X currently operates a fleet of 36 A330-300s on services to points within the Asia-Pacific region and the Middle East.
In addition, in August the first A330neo joined the fleet of AirAsia’s Bangkok-based long haul affiliate, AirAsia X Thailand. The aircraft is the first of two leased A330neos joining the airline’s Thai affiliate by the end of the year.