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AirAsia X would like to change the order of A-330neo in A-321neo

Possible blow to the European Airbus company

The airline AirAsia X -Malaysian subsidiary of AirAsia but operating only on long range- would be evaluating -according to what was said by Benyamin Ismail to the press yesterday- to change the order for 34 A-330neo aircraft made to Airbus, looking to change some with the A-321neo. The idea would be to use narrow fuselage aircraft on medium-long haul routes with fewer passengers or in off-peak seasons, thus increasing the load factor and consequently the cost per hour of flight of the aircraft. The main problem, however, could be for the European aerospace company that would suffer a slowdown in the A-330neo program, already penalized by engine faults that delayed its deliveries and by the reliability and sales of the rival B-787 Dreamliner.

The agreement with AirAsia X has not yet been placed in the order book of Airbus and this could facilitate the modification of the agreement found last July, with the inclusion of the A-321neo in exchange for a smaller number of A-330neo. The risk feared by Ismail, however, is that the company could also decide to focus only on narrow-body aircraft, replacing the current A-330/200 and /300 in service with the B-787 especially if the engine problems Rolls-Royce of the new Airbus aircraft should not be resolved quickly.

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