Posted on: 28 February 2011 by Ross McSweeny
AirAsia X has signed a firm contract for three new Airbus A330-200s with options for two more, which brings the airline’s total order to 28 A330s.
Scheduled for delivery from 2014, the aircraft will be operated on the carrier’s expanding network, offering low-fare service to destinations in Europe, Asia and the Pacific.
AirAsia X has ordered the 238 tonne increased takeoff weight version of the A330-200, which is capable of flying non-stop from Kuala Lumpur to Europe. The airline will configure the aircraft in a two class layout with 24 premium flatbeds and 264 economy seats.
Azran Osman-Rani, chief executive officer of AirAsia X, commented, “This order reflects our positive outlook for the long-haul, low-cost market out of Asia. With its low fuel burn, spacious cabin and extended range, the A330-200 will further improve our fuel efficiency and carbon emissions and strengthen our position as having the world’s lowest unit cost, enabling more people to fly further at lower cost than ever before."
AirAsia operates an all-Airbus fleet, the group now having ordered over 200 aircraft from the manufacturer, including 175 A320s, 28 A330s and 10 A350XWBs.
The photo shows Dato’ Sri Dr Tony Fernandes, founder of AirAsia X; Dato’ Kamarudin Meranun, chairman of AirAsia X; YB Datuk Seri Chua Soi Lek, Member of the National Economic Council (NEC); Dr Kiran Rao, EVP sales & marketing of Airbus and Azran Osman-Rani; CEO of AirAsia X at the signing ceremony.