AirAsia orders 100 more aircraft

Posted on December 14, 2012

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AirAsia has confirmed an order for 100 more Airbus A320s.

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The order consists of 36 A320s with the Current Engine Option (CEO) and 64 A320s with the New Engine Option (NEO).

The airline says the aircraft will be used to accelerate its growth in its core markets of Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia followed by the newer markets of Japan and the Philippines.

The order was announced during a visit by British Prime Minister David Cameron to the Airbus wing manufacturing facility at Broughton in the UK, where Mr Cameron witnessed the signing of documents by Tony Fernandes, AirAsia Group Chief Executive, and Fabrice Brégier, Airbus President & CEO.The contract reaffirms AirAsia’s position as the largest A320 customer in the world.

Altogether, the carrier has now ordered 475 single-aisle aircraft from Airbus. Over 100 have already been delivered to the airline and this additional purchase will see AirAsia’s aircraft deliveries continue until 2021.

Mr Fernandes said, “We have three gold mines in Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia. On the other hand, the Philippines and Japan have enormous potential growth. This goes in line with our strategy to … allow AirAsia to maintain its market leadership and dominance, especially in Malaysia and Thailand.”

His remarks contrast sharply with Thai AirAsia’s decision three months ago to axe its Phuket-Bali and Phuket-Ubon Ratchathani direct services and use the aircraft on routes in and out of China.

Mr Fernandes, said, “We have seen the likes of low-cost carrier giants such Ryanair and EasyJet dominating the European Skies and Southwest in the United States.

“Their first-mover advantage, low-cost mantra and disciplined business model has allowed them to be market leaders in their own respective markets.

“We are the only airline that possess those three attributes and we are excited to be in a market of over 3.2 billion people.”

New deliveries and leases in the coming year will add 10 aircraft to the Malaysian fleet, with eight for Thailand, nine for Indonesia, three for the Philippines and four for Japan.

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