We are looking at the cost structure... we want the right aircraft and we won't start until the right mix of aircraft is finalized," Raja Mohamad Azmi, AirAsia X chief executive and 20 percent shareholder, told Dow Jones Newswires.
Azmi places the blame for such exorbitant leasing costs squarely on Airbus, primarily on the company's failure to deliver the A380 superjumbo in a timely fashion. This has caused larger airlines to retain current and leased aircraft until orders are delivered.. thus squeezing out smaller carriers with less cash, according to CNN.
Even if the A380 would have been in service by now, the amount of released planes and available for cascading down would be minimal, likely without any real pressure on leasing rates. Considering that a rumourred 20 parties looked at OS A330s the market demand is simply so high that every available frame is snapped up by a carrier. Market forces, and nothing else... little chance to blame it on the A380, but the blame game seems to be highly favoured these days.