Dec.19 - AirAsia X, the long haul, low fare affiliate of the AirAsia Group, places the largest single order in a single purchase ever commanded by an airline with Airbus, a six billion dollar deal comprising 25 A330-300 aircrafts. Hayley Platt reports.
A record breaking six billion dollar deal for Airbus as it clinched the largest ever single order. AirAsia X signed a contract for 25 new A330s taking their total fleet to 57 by 2019. Airbus CEO Fabrice Bregier. (SOUNDBITE) (English) PRESIDENT AND CEO OF AIRBUS FABRICE BREGIER SAYING: "It's a very important order for us because this has a value of about 6 billion dollars, twenty-five 330s and at the same time it confirms that the low cost potential now reaches the long haul missions. This is the first airline, which has selected this type of operations, and it is growing and growing with the most competitive long ranging aircraft for these missions, which is the A330." AirAsia X is the long-haul subsidiary of Asia's largest low-cost carrier AirAsia. It currently flies to 18 locations throughout Asia including Taiwan, Korea and Japan. Its plan now is to combine long-haul travel with low-cost. Tony Fernandes is the airlines co-founder. (SOUNDBITE) (English) CO-FOUNDER AND DIRECTOR OF AIRASIA X TAN SRI TONY FERNANDES SAYING: "It's a step in a new direction for low cost carriers. I know we're two separate companies, but we're obviously very closely linked, and I think this provides a completely new avenue for passengers in terms of connecting and making Asia a much smaller place, and soon Europe." The new aircraft will hold 377 passengers and will be used for flights over 4 hours. AirAsiaX says it has options to buy a further 10 aircraft. It will start take delivery of its latest acquisition sometime in 2015.