AirAsia officially welcomes the future of its single-aisle fleet with the arrival of its first Airbus A321neo aircraft, which is set to present the airline group with greater efficiencies and higher capacity.
This is the first of 353 A321neos on order by the AirAsia Group, which will eventually replace the existing fleet of A320 and A320neo aircraft throughout the network covering Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, the Philippines, India and Japan. It is now set to become the first A321neo aircraft operating in Malaysia. With 236 seats – a 27% increase in capacity compared to AirAsias present fleet of A320 (180 seats) and A320neo (186 seats) – the A321neo will enable AirAsia to serve strong ongoing demand across the network with significant operational efficiencies and open up opportunities to explore new destinations, with more than 10% fuel savings. AirAsia will initially operate the aircraft from its Kuala Lumpur hub to cities across Asia, with the first destinations including Kuching, Kota Kinabalu, Singapore, Bangkok and Shenzhen.
Malaysias Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture YB Datuk Mohamaddin Ketapi welcomed the new aircraft, together with AirAsias senior management team in a ceremonial event at Sepang Aircraft Engineering (SAE).
Earlier this year, AirAsia converted 253 orders for the A320neo to the larger A321neo version, with 353 aircraft on order, making AirAsia one of the worlds largest customers for the A321neo. (www.airasia.com)