Asia's pioneering and largest budget carrier has intensified its fleet expansion program with the new deal it signed with Airbus for an aircraft purchase amounting to billions of dollars.
The deal, which is valued at $13.8 billion, involves 50 wide-body twin-engine A330neos for delivery between 2018 until 2024.
The purchase order was made at the recent Farnborough Airshow by Azram Osman-Rani, AirAsia X CEO and was witnessed by no other than AirAsia Group's big boss and co-founder Tony Fernandes himself. Also present during the contract signing were Rafidah Aziz, AirAsia X Bhd Chairman and John Leahy, Airbus COO, Customers Division.
Mr. Rafidah Aziz claimed that the airline's purchase of A330neos will help it provide hassle-free travel to their customers.
He further said that the acquisition of more fuel-efficient aircraft equipped with state-of-the-art technological features forms part of their continuing effort to innovate in terms of products and services, as they grow their long-haul and regional network with more hubs across the region.
The airline official claimed that they are on their way to become the region's one-stop center for seamless and hassle-free travel offering the most extensive network across Asia and beyond.
The long-haul low-cost airline boasted that they are build strong relationships with their business partners including airport operators who he acknowledged as a catalyst in their phenomenal growth.
AirAsia X currently operates an all-Airbus fleet of 19 A330-300 and 2 A340-300 jetliners flying to 19 destinations across Asia including the Middle East and Australia.