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Monday, February 28, 2011

AirAsia X Expands Fleet

Malaysia low-fare, long-haul operator, AirAsia X, is adding A330-200s to its fleet in 2014 under a new deal with Airbus.
The addition of three aircraft of the type brings the airline’s total A330 order to 28 widebodies. The other A330 orders are for the -300. The airline also has signed for ten A350XWBs, the eventual A330 successor.
It is only the latest in a string of A330 orders that recently led Airbus to announce plans to increase output to ten aircraft per month. The current rate is eight aircraft per month, with output to reach widebodies in 2013. AirAsia X’s firm order is the third A330 deal Airbus already booked this year.
Airbus says that AirAsia X is taking the increased takeoff weight version to carry 288 passengers to Europe from its Kuala Lumpur hub.
In a statement, airline CEO Azran Osman Rani says that “this order reflects our positive outlook for the long haul low cost market out of Asia.” AirAsiaX currently operates nine A330-300s and two A340-500s.

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