AirAsia, the Asia Pacific launch customer for the Airbus A330neo, unveiled the first of its new generation long-haul fleet at the Paris International Air Show. The aircraft will be based at Bangkok’s Don Mueang International Airport in Thailand, facilitating growth and network expansion plans to key markets such as Australia, Japan and South Korea.
The aircraft unveiling was attended by AirAsia X chairman Tan Sri Rafidah Aziz, AirAsia X group CEO Nadda Buranasiri, AirAsia deputy group CEO (Airlines) Bo Lingam, Airbus chief commercial officer Christian Scherer, Rolls-Royce president civil aerospace Chris Cholerton and Avolon CEO Domhnal Slattery, alongside invited industry and international media.
AirAsia X Group CEO Nadda Buranasiri said, “This is a significant milestone for the aviation industry – and importantly, for our guests – which will revolutionise the long-haul, value air travel market. AirAsia is thrilled to lead the way once again, as the first airline in Asia Pacific to operate the technologically advanced, new generation A330neo aircraft.” With 66 aircraft on direct order and two on lease, the A330neo is the future of long-haul operations delivering an enhanced guest experience including the latest design features and new modifications to make medium – long haul value air travel more comfortable than ever, he added.
Guests will be able to see and feel the difference with more personal space, larger cabin bag storage space, ambient mood lighting throughout, power sockets in every seat and the quietest cabin in its class.
Buranasiri added, “AirAsia X continues to focus on delivering the best value fares for medium- to long-haul air travel. The arrival of the A330neo increases our ability to bring new destinations into play. Direct flights to Europe and the US are now possible, and we are working on many exciting network and product plans to take full advantage of the opportunities offered by this aircraft’s extended range and significant cost efficiencies, which will be announced in due course.”
Airbus Chief Commercial Officer Christian Scherer said: “The A330neo will bring a step change in fuel efficiency, and its increased range will open new opportunities for AirAsia X Thailand’s long-haul network expansion.”
The AirAsia A330neo will be available for viewing at the Airbus static display from 17-19 June 2019 and will be open to Paris Air Show visitors. The aircraft will enter service in Bangkok early next month.