Air Asia X has placed a $6 billion order for 25 A330s, as the low-cost carrier looks to keep pace with projected growth in air passenger demand in the Asia-Pacific region.
The order includes the new extended range versions of the A330-300, which will open non-stop service between the airline's base in Malaysia and destinations in Europe.
Tony Fernandes, co-founder of Air Asia X said the order will maintain his airline's position as featuring the youngest fleet in the Asia-Pacific market.
“The aircraft orders would further cater to our expansion plans in Malaysia, and the proposed new Thai AirAsia X hub as well as other long-haul ventures planned across Asia. The developments will complement the AirAsia Group's long-term vision of developing its presence in key markets in Asia and strengthen the connectivity between long-haul and short-haul low-cost network," said Fernandes.
Delivery is scheduled to begin in 2015.