AirAsia X has signed a deal to lease six Airbus A330-300 aircraft.
The agreement, signed with International Lease Finance Corporation (ILFC), will see the airline take the new wide-body aircraft on a 10 year lease, with deliveries scheduled to run from 2013 to 2014. All six will be configured with AirAsia X’s existing A330 configuration with 372 seats – 12 flatbeds in business class and 365 seats in economy.
“These six aircraft, together with existing delivery orders from Airbus, will see AirAsia X’s growth develop, with a total of seven deliveries each in 2013 and 2014, with the aim of being the dominant market leader in the low-cost long-haul segment,” said Azran Osman-Rani, CEO of AirAsia X. “We intend to deploy the additional capacity with a vision to solidify our positions in our identified core markets, including Australia, China, Taiwan, Korea, and Japan.”
“ILFC is pleased to welcome AirAsia X as our new customer in the Asia Pacific region. This new partnership will support the long-haul business of AirAsia X and reinforce the airline’s position in low-cost segment of the market,” said ILFC’s CEO, Henri Courpron.