Malaysia’s AirAsia to carry media convention on creating long-haul ops
FARNBOROUGH, England/KUALA LUMPURJuly 19 (Reuters) – Malaysia’sAirAsia Group Bhd is about to verify and develop an order for A330neo long-haul passenger jets, in keeping with sources, handing European planemaker Airbus a last-minute increase on the Farnborough Airshow on Thursday.
The affirmation of an order for 66 planes, plus a further order for round 30 A330neo jets is predicted to be introduced by AirAsia CEO Tony Fernandes afterward Thursday, folks accustomed to the matter mentioned.
The corporate was discussing the attainable buy of one other 100 Airbus A321neo jets as Fernandes and Airbus went right down to the wire in parallel negotiations for an expanded order for bigger A330neo jets, business sources mentioned on Sunday.
The airline mentioned it will maintain a media occasion on Thursday in Kuala Lumpur at 5:30 p.m. native time (0930 GMT) for a significant announcement associated to growing long-haul operations, that are operated by its AirAsia X Bhd arm.
AirAsia X has a agency order for 66 of the fuel-efficient A330neo widebody jets to interchange its older first-generation A330s however it has been pushing again the supply dates. It’s Airbus’ greatest buyer for the A330neo and the widebodies will assist meet its ambition of returning to the Kuala Lumpur-London route it dropped in 2012 resulting from low demand and excessive gas costs.
The airline additionally has a agency order for 10 A350s positioned in 2009, however Fernandes in April mentioned that jet was “too costly” and wouldn’t be bought.
AirAsia has been a steadfast Airbus narrow-body and wide-body buyer, however lately the corporate has talked to Boeing Co about shopping for the rival 787 jet instead, an individual accustomed to the discussions informed Reuters in April.
The announcement comes two days after Fernandes mentioned AirAsia had not but taken a call on which plane maker to select.