Tuesday, 3 July 2018

Air Asia and Airbus on cusp of order confirmation

Expect confirmation of AirAsia X order for at least 66 Airbus aircraft shortly as the Air Asia boss Tony Fernandes and his team do the final checks with Airbus on the price, performance and engines of A330neo before they can "finally confirm" the order.

AirAsia X, is the long-haul division of Malaysian low-cost carrier AirAsia Group and is the main customer for the A330neo aircraft.  The airline's CEO, used his Twitter stream on Tuesday to announced his visit to the Airbus campus in Toulouse to finalise negotiations on the A330neo order. “Off to Airbus today in Toulouse. Lots to discuss. The A330 neo (is equipped) with Rolls Royce engines. They (weigh) 251 tonnes (and) can reach London,” he said.

"We have ordered the 330 but to finally confirm it we must make sure price is right. Performance is right. Engine is right," he said. "And performance of the 330 251 ton is right. If right (it is) the plane we dreamt of and fought for and then we can order more. Or else."

Fernandes also previously had talks with American manufacturer Boeing as theu tried to poach his business away from the European company with super sweet deals on its 787-9 and 787-10 aircraft,  as well as supplying 787 Max aircraft to replace Air Asia's A321neo order of 100 aircraft.