LE BOURGET, FRANCE, 23 June 2017: AirAsia has signed an agreement with Airbus to order an additional 14 A320ceo aircraft to meet higher than expected near-term growth on the carrier’s regional network.
The contract, which is subject to AirAsia board approval, was announced at the Paris Air Show Thursday.
It will see the total number of A320 family aircraft ordered by AirAsia rise to 592, reaffirming its position as the largest airline customer for the Airbus single aisle product line.
AirAsia Group chief executive officer, Tony Fernandes said: “Demand is very strong in AirAsia’s traditional countries, but now we have Indonesia, Philippines and India doing extremely well. The robust demand has led us to expanding our fleet, and Airbus has been a great partner in finding us slots.
“We still need to find more aircraft to expand our regional reach and are actively sourcing from the leasing market. The competitive environment is at its best, coupled with a stable oil price. With the lowest cost in the world, AirAsia is back on aggressive growth.”
The A320 family is the world’s best-selling single aisle product line. To date, it has won over 13,000 orders and more than 7,600 aircraft have been delivered to some 400 customers and operators worldwide.