AirAsia X has finalised a firm order with Airbus for an additional 12 A330-900 and 30 A321XLR aircraft. The contract was signed by Tan Sri Rafidah Aziz, chairman of AirAsia X, and Guillaume Faury, chief executive of Airbus in Kuala Lumpur earlier.
The latest agreement reaffirms AirAsia X’s position as the largest airline customer for the A330neo, with the total number of aircraft ordered by the airline increasing to 100.
AirAsia X has said it will increase its current flights to double daily services from Kuala Lumpur to Seoul (Incheon), Korea in 2014. The carrier will increase its current flights to Incheon from seven flights weekly to 11 flights a week, effective July 2nd, 2014.
The Thai government has approved the Air Operator’s Certificate for Thai AirAsia X. The decision means the new Bangkok-based long-haul low-cost carrier is now expected to bring forward the launch date of its first flight into 2013, rather than early 2014 as expected.
AirAsia X is to launch flights between its hub in Kuala Lumpur and Jeddah in Saudi Arabia. The flights from Kuala Lumpur to King Abdul Aziz International Airport, Jeddah, will commence on February 16th 2013.
AirAsia X is withdrawing its services to India (Mumbai and Delhi) and Europe (London and Paris) from its hub at Kuala Lumpur, as part of its network realignment.