AirAsia X has placed a firm order with Airbus for three A330-200s, bringing the airline’s total order for A330s to 28.
Scheduled for delivery from 2014, the aircraft are the first A330-200s that AirAsia X has ordered. The carrier will operate them to destinations in Europe, Asia and the Pacific. AirAsia X also has a total of 25 A330-300s in service and on order.
AirAsia X, which is the long-haul, low-fare affiliate of the Malaysia-based AirAsia Group, has ordered the 238-tonne increased take-off weight version of the Airbus A330-200, which is capable of flying non-stop from Kuala Lumpur to Europe. The airline will configure the aircraft in a two-class layout with a total of 288 seats.
“This order reflects our positive outlook for the long haul low cost market out of Asia,” says Azran Osman Rani, chief executive officer of AirAsia X. “With its low fuel burn, spacious cabin and extended range, the A330 is the perfect aircraft for us to build our business, enabling more people to fly further at lower cost than ever before.”
AirAsia is the largest low-cost airline group in the Asia-Pacific region and operates an all-Airbus fleet. Altogether, the group has now ordered more than 200 aircraft from Airbus, including 175 single-aisle A320s, 28 A330s and 10 A350 XWBs.
The twin-engine A330 is one of the most widely used widebody aircraft in service today. To date, Airbus has won more than 1,100 orders for the various versions of the aircraft. Some 750 A330s have already been delivered and the aircraft is currently flying with 90 operators worldwide in 50 countries.