Friday, 3 February 2012
275 more Airbus until 2026
AIRASIA Bhd has received the remaining 275 Airbus A320 ordered in the next 14 years will come as part of expansion plans and aircraft operations.
Group Chief Executive, Tan Sri Tony Fernandes, said it involved 200 Airbus A320 Neo and 75 Airbus A320 aircraft.
He said the plane was part of the 375 planes worth U.S. $ 25 billion (RM75.4 billion), which ordered the airline's Airbus A320 with 200 Neo of U.S. $ 18 billion (RM54.3 billion), while 175 Airbus A320 is U.S. $ 7 billion (RM21 .1 billion). "So far, AirAsia received 100 aircraft, while another 275 received by 2026," he said at a press conference after the arrival of the Airbus A320-100 belonging to the group in the Low Cost Carrier Terminal (LCCT), Sepang yesterday. Also present, AirAsia chairman Datuk Aziz Bakar, Deputy Group Chief Executive, Datuk Kamarudin Meranun; AirAsia X CEO, Azran Osman-Rani and AirAsia Regional Head of Commercial, Kathleen Tan. Airbus A320 CFM Neo with LEAP-X engine can reduce fuel up to 16 per cent as well through the installation of modified wings, known as Sharklets. With an increase in aircraft, Fernandes said AirAsia and AirAsia X will increase the frequency of its flights to major destinations in addition to adding several new routes. "Right now, we will fly to Lombok, Indonesia and towards adding new routes in China. So far, we identified three destinations including Xiamen, "he said. In the meantime, Tony said AirAsia will use Airbus A320 aircraft in full for the operations in Indonesia by the end of the first quarter of this year. He said it in line with the company to operate on A320 in all domestic and regional routes, including Indonesia and Thailand. "With aircraft A320-100 to this, making it the largest Airbus operator of AirAsia in South-East Asia. It comes after we face many challenges, but increase our commitment to invest in new aircraft for the convenience of customers, "he said. He said the Airbus-100's to operate from Kuala Lumpur to Macau as well as provide some other way to Jakarta, Singapore, Hong Kong , Indonesia and other destinations throughout China. From 100 AirAsia's Airbus A320 aircraft, 58 are used in four hubs in Malaysia, 22 based on three hubs in Thailand, 18 operations in five hubs across Indonesia and two in Clark, Philippines. In the meantime, as celebrate the 100th A320, AirAsia offer promotions as low as RM30 one-way tickets to selected destinations. Destinations including services to Penang, Langkawi, Kuala Lumpur, Guilin, Hong Kong, Macau, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Clark, Hanoi, Hatyai and Bali. At the same time AirAsia X offering fares as low as RM250 to Australia and Japan, from RM200 to China, from RM280 to Korea and Taiwan and as low as RM550 to New Zealand. Booking starts today.