AirAsia X adds extra A330neos

Malaysia’s low-fare carrier AirAsia X has finally placed an order with Airbus for an additional 34 A330neo wide-body aircraft.

This concludes a period of intense speculation as earlier this year the budget long-haul airline was reportedly looking at both the A330 and A350 aircraft, as well as Boeing’s 787 to expand its fleet. It was widely reported in April that the airline’s co-founder and co-group, CEO Tony Fernandes, believed the A350 was too expensive.

In a statement at the airshow Fernandes said: “Our decision not only to reconfirm our existing order for 66 A330neo, but to add 34 more, follows what is probably one of the most thorough aircraft evaluations the industry has ever seen.”

He continued: “We have looked at every aspect of the A330neo from technical performance and reliability to passenger comfort and it is clearly the right aircraft for us to expand efficiently our fast-growing long-haul network.”

This order for the additional 34 aircraft increases the total number ordered by the airline to 100, reaffirming the airline’s position as the  

Written by: Mark Thomas

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