MIAMI — The Malaysian low-cost carrier (LCC), AirAsia, took delivery of the first Airbus A320neo assembled at the manufacturer’s Airbus Final Assembly Line Asia (FALA) in Tianjin, China.
The aircraft was handed over to the Asian LCC in a delivery ceremony hosted by AirAsia Berhad CEO, Aireen Omar. She stated AirAsia is “very proud” to receive the “first Airbus A320neo fully assembled in Tianjin, China” congratulating the manufacturer for another milestone.
The FALA in Tianjin was inaugurated in 2008 to became the third single-aisle aircraft Final Assembly Line of Airbus, following Toulouse, and Hamburg. It was also the first Airbus Final Assembly Line outside Europe, followed by the fourth, which is located in Mobile, Alabama (USA).
“I am very pleased to hand over the first A320neo to be assembled in Tianjin to AirAsia,” said Eric Chen, President of Airbus Commercial Aircraft China. “The delivery of the neo is a milestone for our Asia Final Assembly Line.”
According to Airbus, 340 aircraft have been assembled and delivered from Tianjin, China.
The new Airbus A320neo received by AirAsia (9M-AGK • MSN 7803) is powered by two CFM LEAP-1A engines and is also equipped with the Space-Flex cabin. It has the capacity to seat 186 customers.
“We received our first A320neo last year and this is our thirteenth Airbus A320neo that we are receiving for the group, which is also the 184th aircraft delivered to AirAsia by Airbus,” said Omar.
She also remarked they are pleased with the A320neo, and that the plane currently “provides up to 15% of fuel savings and an additional range of 500 nautical miles,” making it possible for AirAsia to have lower fares on its extensive intra-Asian network.
According to Airbus, AirAsia is the largest customer of the A320 family with orders for 578 aircraft, including 404 A320neo family aircraft.
AirAsia’s currently boasts a fleet of 80 A320 family aircraft, of which eight are A320neos that where delivered from Airbus’s European assembly lines. The airline has firm orders for three A320ceos, 289 A320neos, and 100 A321neos.
The European—and now global—manufacturer, has received over 5,200 neo orders from 95 customers since its launch in 2010, consolidating its A320neo Family program with a strong 60% market share of the single-aisle plane market.