Posted on: 28 April 2014 by Mark Howells
AirAsia X and GE Aviation have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the GE CF6-80E1 engines to power AirAsia X’s 25 new firm Airbus A330-300 aircraft, with options for an additional three A330 aircraft.
These engines will also be covered by a multi-year OnPoint deal for engine maintenance, repair and overhaul.
AirAsia Group CEO, Tony Fernandes, commented, “To power our new order of 25 additional Airbus A330-300 aircraft, we are pleased to select GE CF6-80E1 engines. GE was selected based on technical reliability and fuel efficiency performance with combined competitive pricing that will ensure AirAsia X maintains our competitive advantage as the world’s lowest unit cost airline operator, with industry-leading reliability performance. We firmly intend to be the undisputed global market leader in the long-haul low-cost carrier space.
“With this order, GE will become AirAsia X’s second core engine supplier. Our fleet size has reached sufficient scale to support two engine types, with sufficient spare engine coverage, specialist engineers and technicians, and strong on-site service commitment from both engine providers. GE’s long-standing relationship and track record with the AirAsia Group, gave us confidence to make this selection,” added Fernandes.
“GE is proud of its long association with AirAsia Group and are honoured to be selected to power AirAsia X’s A330 fleet for this large and important order,” responded Kevin McAllister, vice-president and general manager of global sales & marketing for GE Aviation.