Air Asia adds 330's ahead of schedule

  1. Malaysian low-cost carrier Air Asia X adds six leased A330-300 on its path to grow its fleet from present 11 aircraft to 35. The aircraft are being leased from ILFC in a €420m deal.

    The aircraft will be deployed on the airlines core routes to Tokyo, Taipei, Sydney and Melbourne. In response to media, Air Asia X founder Toni Fernandes says the added capacity will not be deployed on European flights - not to "struggle with the "elephants", Etihad, Qatar and Emirates".

    With the move Air Asia says it wants to be ahead of the game, where it competes with the Qantas subsidiary Jetstar as well as Singapore's Tiger-Scoot conglomerate, during the two upcoming years, "critical for the LCC business". 

    In addition to the leased aircraft, Air Asia X, still has orders for 14 more new A330s. The airline would, however, have had to wait until 2017 for this additional capacity.

    During the next years Air Asia X will take in A330 capacity as follows:

    2013: 
    4 leased + 3 Airbus deliveries
    2014: 
    2 leased + 5 Airbus deliveries
    2015 to 2017:
    6 Airbus deliveries

    The A330's are about three years of age, similar to the rest of the airlines' fleet, speculation is that the ILFC aircraft are ex-Dragonair frames.

    The A330's will fly in Air Asia X's standard configuration of 12 premium flatbeds and 365 economy seats.
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