Long haul subsidiary of AirAsia Behrad, AirAsia X, has placed in an order for 42 Airbus aircraft consisting of 30 A321XLR and additional 12 A330-900NEO last August 30. This places the total order of Airbus A330-900NEO to 78. AirAsia X presently holds the biggest order of the A330NEO. Both the Airbus A321XLR and A330NEO have been a favorite combination of many airlines, including Philippine-based low cost carrier, Cebu Pacific.
AirAsia Group Chief Executive Officer Tony Fernandes said: “This order reaffirms our selection of the A330neo as the most efficient choice for our future wide-body fleet. In addition, the A321XLR offers the longest flying range of any single-aisle aircraft and will enable us to introduce services to new destinations. Together, these aircraft are perfect partners for long-haul low-cost operations and will allow us to build further on our market leading position in this fast-growing sector.”
“AirAsia X has been the pioneer of the long-haul low-cost model in the Asia-Pacific region. This new order for the A330neo and A321XLR is a true endorsement of the Airbus solution to meet mid-market demand with a combination of single-aisle and wide-body products. This powerful solution will provide AirAsia X with the lowest possible operating costs to expand its network and enable even more people to fly further than ever before,” Said Airbus Chief Executive Officer Guillaume Faury.
AirAsia is currently the largest customer of the Airbus A320 family with a total ordered of 622. The A321XLR further cements their position with the added capacity to fly longer routes using narrow-body aircraft.
The A321XLR is a longer range version of the A321LR. With the addition of a third permanent center fuel tank and an optimised wing trailing edge flap, the A321XLR has a range of 8,700kms. This will allow AirAsia X to fly longer routes using narrow-body aircraft.
AirAsia X presently operates an all wide-body aircraft fleet consisting of 36 Airbus A330-300s where they are flown in the Asia Pacific region, Oceania region, and Middle East.
The Airbus A330-900NEO is proving to be a favorite of Asian low-cost airlines. Powered by Rolls Royce Trent 7,000 turbofans and a new wing design patterned after the A350, it has a range of 13,334km. The A330-900NEO can also carry 440 passengers in an all-economy class configuration which can be expanded to even 460.