By The Nation
The contract, which is subject to AirAsia board approval, was announced at the “Paris Air Show” on Tuesday.
The announcement will see the total number of A320 Family aircraft ordered by the Malaysia-based airline rise to 592, reaffirming its position as the largest airline customer for the Airbus single-aisle product line.
To date, 171 A320ceo and eight A320neo aircraft have been delivered to the airline and are flying with its units in Malaysia, India, Indonesia, Thailand and the Philippines.
Tony Fernandes, AirAsia Group chief executive officer, said: “Demand is very strong in AirAsia’s traditional countries, but now we have Indonesia, the Philippines and India doing extremely well. The robust demand has led us to expand our fleet, and Airbus has been a great partner in finding us slots.
“We still need to find more aircraft to expand our regional reach and are actively sourcing from the leasing market. The competitive environment is at its best, coupled with a stable oil price. With the lowest cost in the world, AirAsia is back on aggressive growth.”
The A320 Family is the world’s best-selling single-aisle product line. It has won over 13,000 orders and more than 7,600 aircraft have been delivered to some 400 customers and operators worldwide.
With one aircraft in four sizes (A318, A319, A320 and A321), the A320 Family seats from 100 to 240 passengers, and features the widest cabin in the single-aisle market with 18”-wide seats in Economy as standard.