AirAsia, the largest low-cost airline in Asia, has placed a new order with Airbus for 100 more A320-family aircraft.
The order covers an additional 64 A320neo and 36 A320ceo aircraft for operation across the AirAsia Group network.
Airbus announced the order during a visit by British Prime Minister David Cameron to the Airbus wing manufacturing facility at Broughton in the UK, where Cameron witnessed the signing of documents by Tan Sri Tony Fernandes, group chief executive officer of AirAsia; and Fabrice Brégier, president and CEO of Airbus.
The contract reaffirms AirAsia’s position as the largest Airbus A320-family airline customer in the world. Altogether, AirAsia has now ordered 475 single-aisle aircraft from Airbus, including 264 A320neo and 211 A320ceo (current engine option) jets.
More than 100 aircraft have already been delivered to the airline and are flying out of its bases in Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Jakarta, Manila and Tokyo.
“We have three gold mines in Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia. On the other hand, Philippines and Japan have enormous potential growth,” said Fernandes during the signing. “With these added aircraft, it goes in line with our strategy to further build our already extensive network through new routes and added frequencies and allow AirAsia to maintain its market leadership.”
“AirAsia is one of the great success stories of recent years in the airline business,” said Brégier. “The repeated confidence the airline places in the A320 is a clear endorsement of the reliability, efficiency and unbeatable operating economics offered by the world’s most modern single-aisle product line.”
The carrier’s all-A320 fleet currently flies to some 70 destinations on a route network spanning 20 countries across Asia. In addition, affiliate AirAsia X operates Airbus A330-300 widebodies on longer services from Kuala Lumpur to Northern Asia and Australia.
To date, more than 8,800 Airbus A320-family aircraft have been ordered and more than 5,300 delivered to more than 380 customers and operators worldwide.