AirAsia, the Asia Pacific launch customer for the Airbus A330neo, unveiled Tuesday (18th June) 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 to serve network expansion to key markets such as Australia, Japan and South Korea. It will be able to fly 252 passengers cover a range of 7,450 nautical miles.
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.
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 as the first airline in the Asia Pacific to operate the technologically advanced, new generation A330neo aircraft.
“The A330neo is the future of our long-haul operations delivering an enhanced guest experience including the latest design features and new modifications to make medium to long haul value air travel more comfortable than ever.”
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.”
The AirAsia A330neo unveiled Tuesday is on view at the Paris Air Show this week. It will enter service in Bangkok early next month.