AirAsia will upsize its future Airbus single-aisle fleet, converting 253 orders for the A320neo to the larger A321neo version.
The change will enable AirAsia to offer higher capacity in response to ongoing strong demand across its network. AirAsia becomes the world’s largest customer for the A321neo.
AirAsia Group Berhad Executive Chairman Datuk Kamarudin Meranun said, “We have spent a number of years reviewing what the future of our operations will look like and today, we’re proud to become the world’s largest customer for the A321neo. With its numerous efficiency benefits and the operational flexibility this aircraft brings, the A321neo will be the new backbone of our operations as we continue to expand to meet growing air travel demand across Asia.”
In total, AirAsia has placed orders for 592 A320 Family aircraft. Following the upsizing, AirAsia will become the world’s largest customer for the A321neo with 353 aircraft on order. AirAsia currently has 230 A320 Family aircraft in service, flying out of its hubs in Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, the Philippines, India and Japan.
The A321neo is a member of the best-selling A320 Family incorporating the very latest technologies including new generation engines and Sharklets, which together deliver at least 15 percent fuel savings at delivery and 20 percent by 2020.