The world’s newest long haul low cost airline, confirmed a firm order of ten (10) Airbus A330-300 airliners with an option to purchase five (5) more following a signed Memorandum of Understanding between…
The world’s newest long haul low cost airline, confirmed a firm order of ten (10) Airbus A330-300 airliners with an option to purchase five (5) more following a signed Memorandum of Understanding between FlyAsianXpress (FAX) Chief Executive Officer, YM Raja Mohd Azmi Raja Razali and Airbus Chief Operating Officer-Customers, Mr. John Leahy. Also present to witness the signing ceremony were the Transport Minister of Malaysia, Y.B. Dato’ Sri Chan Kong Choy and FAX Director, YBhg. Dato’ Tony Fernandes.
“AirAsia’s long haul low cost business model is built on sustainable and continued delivery of every day low fares and the introduction of A330 superior operating dynamics plays an all-important part in bringing affordable air travel to customers. The A330s allow us to operate most cost effectively due to the aircraft’s excellent operational and fuel efficiency capabilities and hence will be one of the catalysts for the exciting fares our passengers will enjoy”, said FAX CEO YM Raja Mohd Azmi.
“AirAsia has already successfully pioneered the introduction of low-cost airline operations across the region and is committed to a large fleet of A320s for long term growth. We are delighted to see this innovative low-cost spirit extended to longer range routes operated by AirAsia Long Haul and are confident that the A330’s unbeatable combination of low seat costs and high passenger appeal will ensure great success for this new airline,” said John Leahy, Chief Operating Officer-Customers, Airbus.
“The acquisition of the A330 aircraft marks a very important milestone in our journey to become the world’s first and most successful long haul low cost airline. We are very focused in realising this vision and believe we will offer an overall customer value proposition that will revolutionise the aviation industry. We believe this venture will be important for Malaysia as we will strive to make Malaysia the world’s biggest low cost hub, and are confident the route network of AirAsia domestic, regional and long haul operations will complement each other to drive passenger traffic from both long haul and regional destinations into and from Malaysia,” said FAX Director, Dato’ Tony Fernandes.
The new A330-300 aircraft are scheduled for delivery in the fourth quarter of 2008. In the meantime, FAX is in the final stages of firming up its interim fleet.
The new AirAsia Long Haul Low Cost Carrier aims to begin operations from the Low Cost Carrier Terminal in Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) to three destinations which will be announced in the fourth quarter this year.
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