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Airbus to Sell 6 Jets Meant for AirAsia

After AirAsia Malaysia has announced that it will not be acquiring any new aircraft this year, Airbus has decided to sell 6 aircraft intended for the airline. These are four A320neo and two A321neo jets. AirAsia's decision not to acquire any new aircraft came after the airline grounded 96% of its fleet amid the steep drop in passenger air travel demand brought by the CoviD-19 pandemic.

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Aircraft manufacturers have been facing tough times, particularly Airbus and Boeing, as airlines continue to either defer delivery or completely cancel aircraft orders. Airlines are also forecasting that the recovery towards normal operations may take more than a year after travel bans and restrictions have forced them to cut capacity by more than 90%.

As such, AirAsia has not been able to make a decision with regards to the delivery of its 6 new aircraft prompting Airbus to let go of the pending orders and put them up for sale, a report from Simple Flying said.

AirAsia has been readying itself for longer turbulent times ahead after it parked 96% of its fleet and cut capacity by more than 90%. Its subsidiary in the Philippines has also suspended all its regular passenger scheduled flights until April 30. 

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