AirAsia X Orders 50 A330neo Worth US$13.8 Billion

From Samantha Tan

FARNBOROUGH (London), July 16 (Bernama) -- AirAsia X, the long haul affiliate of Asia's largest low cost airline, has ordered 50 A330-900neo aircraft worth US$13.8 billion to be delivered between 2018 and 2024.

The airline also signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for an additional 50 purchase rights with Airbus.

"We have been encouraging Airbus to launch the new version of the A330 for some time now. I'm pleased that they are offering this choice and bringing us the aircraft we truly need to develop further our low-cost long-haul model.

"We are 100 per cent sure that the A330neo will be quite unbeatable in its size category and we look forward to enabling more people to fly further more often aboard this great aircraft," Fernandes told reporters here.

The agreement was signed at the Farnborough Airshow today by AirAsia X Chief Executive Officer Azran Osman-Rani and Airbus President Fabrice Bregier.

The signing was witnessed by AirAsia Group Chief Executive Officer Tan Sri Tony Fernandes, AirAsia X Chairman Tan Sri Rafidah Aziz and Airbus Chief Operating Officer for Customers, John Leahy.

The latest deal from AirAsia X would further consolidate the position of the AirAsia Group as one of Airbus' largest airline customers in the world.

In total, the group has ordered 536 Airbus aircraft, excluding today's MoU, and they include existing orders from AirAsia X for 61 Airbus widebody aircraft.

The A330-800neo and the A330-900neo are two new members of the Airbus widebody family launched in July with first delivery scheduled in the fourth quarter of 2017.

The A330neo incorporates latest generation Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 engines, aerodynamic enhancements and new cabin features.

Benefiting from the unbeatable economics, versatility and high reliability of the A330, the A330neo reduces fuel consumption by 14 per cent per seat, making it the most cost efficient, medium-range widebody aircraft in the market.

In addition to greater fuel savings, A330neo operators will also benefit from a range increase of up to 400 nautical miles and all the operational commonality advantages of the Airbus family.


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