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AirAsia X CEO Says A350 Is Too Expensive, Looks At 787-10

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AirAsia X CEO Says A350 Is Too Expensive, Looks At 787-10

AirAsia X CEO Says A350 Is Too Expensive, Looks At 787-10
April 16
10:01 2018

MIAMI — AirAsia X CEO, Tony Fernandes, said on Monday that his airline has no plans to buy Airbus A350 aircraft, even though they still have ten planes remaining in order.

“The A350 is not an aircraft we will buy,” said Fernandes in a Facebook Live chat from London. The CEO also said the airliner is “too expensive. Fares would go up.”

Air Asia X placed an order for ten A350-900 in June 2009. The aircraft has a longer range but also comes with a higher list price of $317.4 million, compared with the $296.4 million of the A330-900neo.

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With this statement, it remains a mystery whether AirAsia X will convert its A350 order to other Airbus airliners. As of today, the Asian LCC has three Airbus A330-300s and 66 A330-900neos on order.

AirAsia Group is one of Airbus’ largest customers, but according to Reuters, AirAsia X has been in talks with Boeing for Dreamliners 787-10, expecting a final decision on airline’s future fleet later this year.

However, this is not breaking news as Fernandes already told reporters on the sideline, in a business forum at Manila, that they are looking at the Boeing 787 Dreamliner for fleet expansion.

READ MORE: AirAsia’s Tony Fernandes Eyeing The Bombardier CSeries

The Boeing 787-10 has a list price of $325.8 million, almost $9 million more than the Airbus A350-900. Air Asia X currently operates 22 A330-300 aircraft.

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  1. Walkingthedog
    Walkingthedog April 16, 13:17

    The A350 is too expensive so they are looking at the B787-10 which is $9 million dearer. Have I missed something there?

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