AirAsia has ordered 14 additional A320ceo aircraft from Airbus to regional passenger demand is expected to rise especially for markets like India and Indonesia.
The multimillion dollar deal announced at the prestigious Paris Air Show today, is still subject to the low-cost carrier’s board approval.
The latest order increases AirAsia’s total number of A320 Family aircraft to 592, reaffirming its position as the largest airline customer for the Airbus single aisle product line.
AirAsia in a statement said to date, 171 A320ceo and eight A320neo have been delivered to the airline and are flying with its units in Malaysia, India, Indonesia, Thailand and the Philippines.
AirAsia Group CEO Tan Sri Tony Fernandes said demand in AirAsia’s traditional countries is very strong but now countries like Indonesia, Philippines and India are doing extremely well.
“The robust demand has led us to expanding our fleet, and Airbus has been a great partner in finding us slots.
“We still need to find more aircraft to expand our regional reach and are actively sourcing from the leasing market. The competitive environment is at its best, coupled with a stable oil price. With the lowest cost in the world, AirAsia is back on aggressive growth,” he said.
AirAsia, however, did not reveal the cost for the proposed purchase.
Airbus Commercial Aircraft COO- Customers John Leahy said: “We are proud that the A320 Family has played an important role in the success of AirAsia, providing the efficiency and reliability needed for the airline to keep its costs as low as possible.
“We look forward to working with AirAsia as it continues on its exciting journey, enabling more people to fly, more often, and at affordable cost.”
The A320 Family has secured over 13,000 orders and more than 7,600 aircraft have been delivered to some 400 customers and operators worldwide. — TMR