FARNBOROUGH – AirAsia X has today placed an order for 34 additional A330neo aircraft. The order was announced by Kamarudin Meranun, the AirAsia Co-Founder and CEO Tan Sri Raifdah Aziz Tony Fernandes, who is the Chairman of AirAsia X as well as Eric Schulz, the Airbus CCO.
List prices are just over $10 billion for the 34 aircraft, which is an even bigger commitment to the A330neo program.
AirAsia Co-Founder and AirAsia X Group Chief Executive Officer Kamarudin Meranun said:
“Long-haul low-cost is something we strongly believe in, and this order shows our confidence in the AirAsia X model. We lobbied hard for the A330neo after seeing the success of the A320neo, and working closely with Airbus, we have arrived at an aircraft that we are confident will allow us to expand our low fares offering beyond the Asia Pacific to the rest of the world.”
AirAsia Co-Founder and AirAsia X Co-Group Chief Executive Officer Tan Sri Tony Fernandes added:
“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. 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.”
Eric Schulz, Airbus Chief Commercial Officer commented:
“We are extremely pleased to announce this important agreement with AirAsia X. This is the strongest possible endorsement for the unbeatable operating economics, performance, and cost-effectiveness that the A330neo brings to the market in its size category. We look forward to working with AirAsia X on the entry into service of this great aircraft with the carrier as it expands its route network to more destinations around the world.”
The carrier currently had 66 of the variant on order before this order, meaning now that the total backlog for Air Asia X is at 100 A330-900neos respectively.
The carrier will offer range capabilities to fly from Kuala Lumpur to London, which will enable the carrier to offer low-cost services between the two destinations when the aircraft are delivered.
AirAsia X will be the first carrier in Asia to operate the aircraft, with deliveries due to begin in Q419. The A330neos will be then based in Malaysia, Thailand, and Indonesia respectively. The aircraft will be powered by the Trent 7000 Engines.
The A330neo is due to enter into commercial service in September. The aircraft will have the Airspace by Airbus cabin onboard, to which passengers can enjoy larger overhead storage, advanced cabin mood lighting and the latest IFE and connectivity. The A330neo has already won over 250 firm orders prior to EIS.
This is another fantastic commitment to Airbus and their A330neo program as now the backlog will rise even further, thus keeping the project alive for quite a few years.