AirAsia has unveiled its first A330neo aircraft at the Paris International Air Show Yesterday (17th June 2019).The newly unveiled aircraft will be operating from Bangkok’s Don Mueang International Airport and is the first of AirAsia’s new generation long-haul fleet of A330neo aircrafts that will be operating flights to key markets in the Asia Pacific region including Australia, Japan and South Korea. AirAsia X already has 62 A330neo aircrafts on order and 2 leases in place.
AirAsia X is the sister company of Malaysia based airline AirAsia and operates low cost long-haul flight services under this trade name. Air Asia X plans to extend its long-haul flight operations network in Thailand and very soon it hopes to make long-haul flight services to Europe and US possible from here.
The aircraft unveiling was done in the midst of high dignitaries including the Chief Executive Officer of AirAsia X- Nadda Buranasiri, Chairman of AirAsia X-Tan Sri Rafidah Aziz and Chief Commercial Officer of Airbus- Christian Scherer and President Civil Aerospace of Rolls Royce- Chris Cholerton.
The Chief Executive Officer of AirAsia X, Nadda Buranasiri told the media that AirAsia will be the first airline in the Asia Pacific region to operate the technologically advanced A330neo aircraft and will revolutionize the way long-haul air travel is performed. He further says that travelers will be able to see the difference in their new flights which come with larger cabin bag storage space and extra legroom space.
Christian Scherer, Chief Commercial Officer of Airbus says that the new A330neo aircrafts will achieve greater fuel efficiency and operational costs.
President Civil aerospace of Rolls Royce, Chris Cholerton also backs this by saying that “Today is a special day for the Rolls-Royce team. We are thrilled to see the A330neo unveiled at the Paris Air Show with the Air Asia livery. We are excited to see the aircraft grace the skies in Asia. The Trent 7000 is critical to the delivery of the 14% improvement in fuel burn reduction per seat of the A330neo, compared to its predecessor Trent 700, which is a key factor in the aircraft business.”