PARIS (AFP) – Malaysian low-cost carrier AirAsia X confirmed Monday its order of 55 long-haul A330Neo passenger planes from Airbus at a list price of $15 billion, in what is the biggest single order for the line of aircraft.
Since signing an agreement to purchase 50 of the new-generation A330s in July, AirAsia X has added five more planes to its order, the group said in a statement. Airbus will begin delivering the fleet in 2018, AirAsia X said.
The Malaysian carrier is now Airbus’s biggest customer for the A330 family of aircraft, having already ordered 91 of them to date.
“This latest deal with Airbus will enable AirAsia X to consolidate its growth rate in 2015-2017 before ramping up deliveries from 2018 onwards,” said Tony Fernandes, co-founder and director of the company.
“The A330 has proven itself to be exactly the right aircraft for our business model, combining low operating costs, long-range flying capability and high levels of comfort.”