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Malaysian low-cost airline AirAsia X, the long-haul unit of AirAsia group, has finalized a firm order for 42 Airbus aircraft worth a total catalogue price of US$5 billion.

European aircraft builder Airbus in a release said the order consists of 12 A330-900 and 30 A321XLR aircraft.

The new contract signed August 30 increases the number of A330neo aircraft ordered by AirAsia X to 78, reaffirming the carrier’s status as the largest airline customer for the type, said the release. Meanwhile, the A321XLR order makes AirAsia group the world’s largest airline customer for the A320 family, having now ordered a total of 622 aircraft.

Tan Sri Tony Fernandes, chief executive officer, AirAsia Group, said the new A321XLR and A330neo aircraft are “perfect partners for long-haul low-cost operations and will allow us to build further on our market leading position in this fast-growing sector.”

Tan Sri Rafidah Aziz, chairman of AirAsia X Berhad, said the A330neo’s new features and modifications will “move our long-haul service sectors up to a higher level and allow AirAsia X to look at expanding beyond the eight-hour flight radius, such as to Europe, for example.”

AirAsia X currently operates a fleet of 36 A330-300s within the Asia-Pacific region and the Middle East. In addition, in August, the first A330neo joined the fleet of AirAsia’s Bangkok-based long-haul affiliate, AirAsia X Thailand. The aircraft is the first of two leased A330neos joining the airline’s Thai affiliate by the end of the year.

Airbus launched the A321XLR only this year at the Paris Air Show, and expects to roll it out starting in 2023.

“From 2023, it will deliver an unprecedented Xtra Long Range of up to 4,700 nm—15% more than the A321LR and with 30% lower fuel burn per seat compared with previous generation competitor aircraft,” it said.

The A330neo incorporates the new-generation Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 engines, and a new higher span 3D optimized wing with new Sharklets. Together these advances significantly reduce fuel consumption by 25% compared with older generation competitor aircraft of a similar size.

Photo courtesy of Airbus

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