AirAsia receives its first A330neo aircraft

AirAsia’s new generation A330neo will be based at Bangkok’s Don Mueang International Airport. (Bernama pic)

KUALA LUMPUR: AirAsia Bhd has taken delivery of its first A330neo aircraft, to be operated by its long-haul affiliate AirAsia X Thailand.

The low-cost airline said the aircraft was delivered through lessor Avolon and became the first of two A330neos set to join the airline’s fleet by the year-end.

With its enhanced economics, the A330neo will bring a step change in fuel efficiency for AirAsia’s long-haul operations.

“The new generation A330neo will be based at Bangkok’s Don Mueang International Airport in Thailand, supporting the airline’s growth and network expansion plans to key markets such as Australia, Japan and South Korea,” it said in a statement today.

AirAsia said the AirAsia X Thailand A330-900 features 377 seats in a two-class configuration, comprising 12 Premium Flatbeds and 365 economy class seats.

“AirAsia’s long-haul affiliate, AirAsia X, currently operates 36 A330-300 aircraft and is the largest customer for the A330neo with 66 on firm order.

“The A330neo is the true new-generation aircraft, building on the popular wide-body A330’s features and leveraging A350 XWB technology,” it said.

Powered by the latest Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 engines, the A330neo provides an unprecedented level of efficiency — with 25% lower fuel burn per seat than previous generation competitors.