Air Asia X has doubts about 66 A330 order
Air Asia X is considering replacing its current order for 66 Airbus 330neo to larger aircraft type – A350 or even Boeing 787 Dreamliner, Bloomberg reports.
Air Asia Group Board member Tony Fernandes revealed during an interview with Bloomberg that the fleet requirements for Air Asia review might reveal a requirement to order a bigger-capacity aircraft than A330neo. He also said that the shift to A350 would mean Air Asia X would not use A330neo anymore.
AirAsia X, operating under the name of AirAsia X, is the long-haul, low-cost affiliate carrier of the AirAsia Group. According to the airline, it currently operates a fleet of 30 A330-300s for the destinations in Asia Pacific and has both models – the A330neo and A350-900 – on order.
In August 2017 Air Asia X reported seventh consecutive quarter profit with its $11 million profit after tax recorded in the second quarter of 2017 financial results report.
“Moving forward into the second half of 2017, the Group plans to re-strategize its position in Australia while focusing on the opportunities available from North Asia,” Datuk Kamarudin Meranun, Air Asia X Group CEO at that time. “The Group is also streamlining operations across the board to further unlock greater synergies with AirAsia Group. We expect this cost reduction initiatives will help us achieve up to 10% cost savings.”