AirAsia X has placed an order with Airbus for an additional 34 A330-900neo widebody aircraft at the Farnborough Airshow.
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 A330-900 model.
Offering range capability enabling non-stop services to Europe, including from Kuala Lumpur to London, the A330neo will allow AirAsia X to expand its value-based long haul model with even lower operating costs.
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.
AirAsia Co-Founder and AirAsia X group chief executive officer (CEO), Kamarudin Meranun said: “Long haul low-cost is something we strongly believe in, and this order shows our confidence in the AirAsia X model.”
Meanwhile, Uganda Airlines, the national carrier of Uganda, has signed a memorandum of understanding with Airbus for two A330-800neo at the airshow.
The carrier said it plans to use the A330-800neos to build its international long-haul network with the aircraft offering cutting-edge technology along with more efficient operations.
Uganda Airlines CEO, Ephraim Bagenda said: “This agreement demonstrates our ambition for economic growth supported by a robust aviation industry. The A330-800neo combines low operating costs, long range flying capability and high levels of comfort. We are looking forward to launch operations and offer our customers best-in-class service.”