Airbus and AirAsia have unveiled the first A330neo for the AirAsia Group at the Paris Air Show.
The aircraft will be delivered via lessor Avolon in the coming weeks for operation by AirAsia’s long-haul affiliate, AirAsia X Thailand.
The event was attended by Tan Sri Rafidah Aziz, AirAsia X Malaysia chairman, Nadda Buranasiri, AirAsia X Group CEO, Christian Scherer, Airbus chief commercial officer, Domhnal Slattery, Avolon CEO and Chris Cholerton, Rolls-Royce president civil aerospace.
With capability to reach Europe non-stop from South-East Asia, the A330neo’s increased range and enhanced economics, Airbus said it will bring a step-change in fuel efficiency for AirAsia’s long haul operations.
During the event, media and other guests visited the new cabin for the first time. The Thai AirAsia X A330-900 features 377 seats in a two-class configuration, comprising 12 business class and 365 economy class seats.
AirAsia X currently operates 36 A330-300 aircraft. The airline is the largest customer for the A330neo with 66 on order. In addition, the airline will acquire two aircraft on lease from Avolon this year.