AirAsia X increases Airbus order to 51
AirAsia X has announced plans to expand its network across Asia-Pacific following a firm order for 25 additional A330-300s in a deal valued at US$6 billion at list prices.
January 31, 2014
AirAsia X has announced plans to expand its network across Asia-Pacific following a firm order for 25 additional A330-300s in a deal valued at US$6 billion at list prices. It will see AirAsia X’s order with Airbus increase to 51, supplemented by an order of six A330- 300s leased from the International Lease Finance Corporation (ILFC), brining AirAsia X’s total confirmed fleet deliveries to 57 by 2019.
The new A330-300s will start to be delivered from 2015, at which time the airline will start expanding its network across the region and potentially beyond. AirAsia X said the order included the latest extended range versions of the A330-300, allowing it service destinations in Europe or a onestop service to the US. In a statement it said some of the new aircraft are earmarked for expansion from Malaysia, while others will go to its proposed new Thai AirAsia X hub, “as well as other long-haul ventures planned across Asia”.
“This order stamps our firm intent to dominate the long-haul, low-cost carrier space and marks the next phase in our development to be the undisputed global market leader,” said Tony Fernandes, co-founder and director of AirAsia X.