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AirAsia X orders more Airbus aircraft (12+30)

The contract was signed today in Kuala Lumpur -DATA SHEET

AirAsia X, the long haul unit of the AirAsia Group, has finalised a firm order with Airbus for an additional 12 A-330/900 and 30 A-321XLR aircraft. The contract was signed by Tan Sri Rafidah Aziz, Chairman, AirAsia X Berhad and Guillaume Faury, Chief Executive Officer of the industry in Kuala Lumpur today, in the presence of Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, the Prime Minister of Malaysia.

The new agreement increases the number of A-330neo airplanes ordered by AirAsia X to 78, reaffirming the carrier’s status as one of the largest airline customers for the type. Meanwhile, the A-321XLR order sees the wider AirAsia Group strengthen its position as one of the world’s largest airline customers for the A-320 Family, having now ordered a total of 622 planes.

The carrier currently operates a fleet of 36 A-330/300s on services to points within the Asia-Pacific region and the Middle East. In addition, in August the first A-330neo joined the fleet of AirAsia’s Bangkok-based long haul affiliate, AirAsia X Thailand. The plane is the first of two leased A-330neos joining the airline’s Thai affiliate by the end of the year.

The A-321XLR is the next step from the A-321LR which responds to market needs for even more range and payload; from 2023, it will deliver an Xtra Long Range of up to 4,700nm.

The A-330neo is a new generation aircraft building on the A-330’s success and leveraging on A-350 XWB technology. It incorporates the highly efficient new generation Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 engines, and a new higher span 3D optimised wing with new sharklets. The A-330 widebody family has received over 1,700 orders from more than 120 customers.

The technical data sheet of the A-330neo aircraft is attached below to this AVIONEWS.

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