AirAsia says it’s in talks to convert some A330s to A321s

By BLOOMBERG / By TMR

Singapore • After giving Airbus SE support for its A330neo wide-body programme with a commitment earlier this year, AirAsia Group is now looking to convert some of these to narrow-body aircraft.

AirAsia is in talks with Airbus to turn some of the A330neos — a re-engined version of an existing model — into A321s, group CEO Tan Sri Dr Tony Fernandes (picture) said in an interview at the Bloomberg New Economy Forum in Singapore yesterday.

He didn’t provide more details.

The group’s AirAsia X Bhd, which covers medium-to long-haul routes, has been restructuring to improve competitiveness by cutting unprofitable destinations and utilising more efficient aircraft.

The Asian carrier committed to 34 A330neos in July, on top of an existing order for 66 that have yet to be delivered.

AirAsia X will use the biggest A330-900 variant, Airbus said in July. The aircraft can fly 7,400km with about 206 seats in two classes, according to the planemaker’s website. — Bloomberg