Apr 10, 2013

AirAsia Orders 100 More Airbus A320s

AirAsia has confirmed an order for 100 more Airbus A320s.

The 100 Airbus A320s ordered consist of 36 A320s with the Current Engine Option (CEO) and 64 A320s with the New Engine Option (NEO).

The aircraft will be used to accelerate AirAsia’s growth in its core markets of Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia followed by the newer markets of Japan and the Philippines.

The order was announced during a visit by British Prime Minister David Cameron to the Airbus wing manufacturing facility at Broughton in the UK, where Mr Cameron witnessed the signing of documents by Tan Sri Tony Fernandes, Group Chief Executive Officer, AirAsia and Fabrice Brégier, President & CEO, Airbus.

The contract reaffirms AirAsia’s position as the largest A320 Family customer in the world. Altogether, the carrier has now ordered 475 single aisle aircraft from Airbus, comprising 264 A320neo and 211 A320ceo. Over 100 aircraft have already been delivered to the airline and this additional purchase will see AirAsia’s aircraft deliveries continue until year 2021.

Tan Sri Tony Fernandes, Group Chief Executive Officer of AirAsia said, “We have three gold mines in Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia. On the other hand, Philippines and Japan have enormous potential growth. With these added aircraft, it goes in-line with our strategy to further build our already extensive network through new routes and added frequencies and allow AirAsia to maintain its market leadership and dominance especially in Malaysia and Thailand. ”

The additional number of delivery slots for the 36 newly purchased Airbus A320 CEOs will be up to year 2016, with two to be delivered in 2013; four in 2014; 22 in year 2015 and eight more in year 2016. The remaining 64 Airbus A320 NEOs will be delivered beginning year 2017 with eight deliveries; 14 in year 2018, 15 in year 2019; 14 in year 2020 and 13 more in year 2021.

The deliveries for the existing 200 Airbus A320neos purchased last year will still be from year 2016 up to year 2026. As part of the purchase agreement, AirAsia will also have the option for another 100 aircraft consisting of 50 Airbus A320 NEO and 50 A321 NEO.

Tan Sri Tony Fernandes, said, “We have seen the likes of low-cost carrier giants such Ryanair and EasyJet dominating the European Skies and Southwest in the United States. Their first mover advantage, low cost mantra and discipline business model has allowed them to be a market leader in their own respective markets. For AirAsia, we are the only airline that possess those three attributes and we are excited to be in a market of over 3.2 billion people, hence are we confident all this added capacity will allow us to continue to dominate ASEAN and springboard our expansion into North Asia, China and India in short to medium term. In line with our growth plans, in 2013 through combination of firm Airbus deliveries and leases - Malaysia will take delivery of 10 aircraft, Thailand – 8 , Indonesia – 9 aircraft, Philippines – 3 aircraft and Japan - 4 aircraft.”

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