AirAsia X has placed an order for three increased take-off weight versions of the Airbus A330-200 capable of flying non-stop to Europe.
The aircraft are for delivery from 2014 and will bring the carrier’s A330 fleet up to 28. The carrier is due to take delivery of its first A350 in 2016. The airline will configure the long-range A330s in a two class layout with a total of 288 seats.
“This order reflects our positive outlook for the long haul low cost market out of Asia,” said Azran Osman Rani, chief executive officer, AirAsia X. “With its low fuel burn, spacious cabin and extended range, the A330 is the perfect aircraft for us to build our business, enabling more people to fly further at lower cost than ever before.”
“This latest order from AirAsia X underscores the position of the A330 as the most efficient aircraft in its class flying today,” said John Leahy, Chief Operating Officer Customers, Airbus. “The A330’s low operating costs, range capability and proven reliability make it the clear winner for airlines flying in the growing long haul budget market.”
Altogether, the AirAsia group has now ordered over 200 aircraft from Airbus, including 175 single aisle A320s, 28 A330s and 10 A350 XWBs.
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