Quote: AirAsia X, the Malaysia-based long-haul low-cost airline, is likely to place an order for the Airbus A350 shortly as part of its expansion plans.
The carrier, an associate of Southeast Asian short-haul low-cost airline AirAsia, had been deliberating between the A350 and the Boeing 787. However, AirAsia Group CEO Tony Fernandes says that it has made a decision.
"We have pretty must settled on the A350 and an announcement is imminent," says Fernandes. "It is clearer in our mind that the A350 is a replacement for the [Airbus] A340s. It can last longer on the 4-8h mark that is AirAsia X's focus."
He did not say how many aircraft would be ordered, but AirAsia X has said before that it could buy up to 25 aircraft. A timeline for the delivery of the A350s has not been established.
AirAsia X will eventually have a fleet mix of Airbus A330s and A350s, says Fernandes, who added in an interview with Airline Business that this would help it to serve the the bulk of its growth markets that are within a 4-8h mark out of Kuala Lumpur. This includes destinations in Japan, South Korea, Australia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, India and China.
Probably this will be announced during the Paris Air Show. As hinted/rumored and discussed here THY and QR will also be making their respective announcements during the show.
Australis From Australia, joined Feb 2009, 101 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (6 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 6132 times:
Well, nice to see another airline ordering the A350s. Hopefully, we see more orders soon and we can enjoy them in the skies. Obviously, AirAsiaX is getting a good deal from Airbus.
Though, which variant will AirAsiaX go for? A350-900 or A350-800?? Im guessing the A350-900, as it will be longer, can fit more people and perhaps allow them to fly it full to brim on a 8-9h sectors as AirAsiaX is looking at.
Carls From United States of America, joined Aug 2007, 522 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (6 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 5724 times:
Quoting Teme82 (Reply 5): I wouldn't say that... They were doing the T7 with Boeing if I recall correctly ?!
I say it's 60/40 for the 787 ... or some more T7's for United...
Your are right they were developing the 777 with Boeing. But it wasn't that almost 20 years ago? So why are they going to order such an old plane if they can get the A350 which is until now more efficient.
Quoting Tigerotor77W (Reply 7): I think Paris is too early for UA to make such a massive announcement. (And if it's been hush-hush, there hasn't even been much speculation that UA is ready to order -- or is in any shape to order.)
See links in the UA thread. They're going forward with securing bids from Airbus and Boeing.
This is great news for the A350.
Now to get another engine on the airframe!
"They did not know it was impossible, so they did it!" - Mark Twain
I am not so sure about that. We probably would have heard a little bit more rumors going around. But it sure would be good for the A350-XWB program to have a competing engine in the program, no matter how happy I am with RR!