This is the largest single order to date for the Airbus A330 family and reaffirms AirAsia X’s position as the biggest A330 airline customer worldwide, having now ordered a total of 91 A330-family jets.

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The memorandums of understanding for 80 A330neos announced by the three customers on July 15 join with a launch commitment announced by lessor ALC the previous day for 25 A330neos, taking commitments for the new Airbus widebody family to 105 aircraft in the space of two days.

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The contract is the largest Airbus A330 firm order received by the manufacturer in a single agreement and increases AirAsia X’s total firm orders for the type to 51 aircraft. They will be supplemented by another six A330-300s leased from International Lease Finance Corporation, in a deal agreed in August 2012.

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Airbus has delivered its 8,000th aircraft – an A320 for the Indonesian wing of AirAsia. The Airbus A320 took off from Toulouse on August 3 and arrived on August 5 at its new base in Jakarta.

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ANA Holdings ‒ which is the parent holding company of All Nippon Airways and low-cost airline Peach Aviation, like AirAsia Japan an Airbus A320 operator ‒ signed an agreement with AirAsia Berhad to dissolve the AirAsia Japan joint venture and will acquire AirAsia Berhad’s shareholding in the JV.

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The A320 family’s Sharklets are made from lightweight composite materials and are 2.4 meters (7.9 feet) tall. These newly designed wing-tip devices reduce fuel burn and emissions by improving the aerodynamics of the aircraft significantly.

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The order covers an additional 64 A320neo and 36 A320ceo aircraft for operation across the AirAsia network.

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Delivery of the first Airbus A320 equipped with fuel-saving Sharklets will be made to AirAsia at the end of this year.

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The Airbus A330-300 widebodies – which appear to be used aircraft – are scheduled for delivery to AirAsia X in 2013 and 2014.

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The contract, announced at the Paris Airshow on June 23, is the largest order ever placed for the A320 family and makes AirAsia the biggest airline customer for the Airbus single-aisle product line worldwide.

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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.

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