The AirAsia Group finalized an order for twelve Airbus A330-900neo aircraft and 30 A321XLR aircraft. AirAsia X, its Malaysian long-haul division, will fly the new planes. Tony Fernandes, AirAsia Group CEO, Guillaume Faury, Airbus CEO, and Mahathir Mohamad, Malaysia’s Prime Minister, all attended the signing ceremony.
This deal brings the company’s A330neo orderbook to 78 planes. AirAsia’s confirmed order cut its initial agreement signed in 2018 for 34 A330neo aircraft. The Kuala Lumpur-based airline operates short- and long-haul low-cost flights with its divisions in six Asian nations.
Earlier this month, the company took delivery of its first A330-900 aircraft on lease from Avolon. AirAsia took the spotlight at the Paris Air Show in June by becoming the largest A321neo customer when it up-sized 253 existing orders it had previously placed for smaller A320neo aircraft.