The is the largest single order to date for the A330 family confirms AirAsia X’s position as the biggest A330 airline customer worldwide, having now ordered a total of 91 aircraft.
The announcement follows the signing of a memorandum of understanding for 50 A330neo during the Farnborough Air Show in July, plus an additional five aircraft. Deliveries will begin in 2018.
The A330neo will incorporate latest generation Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 engines, aerodynamic enhancements and new cabin features.
Airbus claims these advances will make the aircraft the most cost-efficient in its size category, with a reduction in fuel consumption of 14% per seat, an increase in non-stop flying range of up to 400 nautical miles and the lowest possible maintenance costs.
AirAsia X co-founder Tony Fernandes said: “This latest deal with Airbus will enable AirAsia X to consolidate its growth rate in 2015-2017 before ramping up deliveries from 2018 onwards.
“The A330 has proven itself to be exactly the right aircraft for our business model, combining low operating costs, long range flying capability and high levels of comfort.
“We are extremely excited about the even greater levels of efficiency that will come with the A330neo, which will play a key role in enabling AirAsia X to maintain its position as the long haul low cost leader.”
Airbus chief operating officer John Leahy said: “This order from AirAsia X is a major endorsement of the A330neo as the most cost-efficient aircraft in its size category.
“With the A330neo in its fleet, AirAsia X will benefit from even lower operating costs as it expands it network and reach, enabling more people to fly further more often than ever before. We look forward to AirAsia X becoming one of the first operators of the latest version of the highly successful A330.”
Sourced from Travel Weekly