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AirAsia X orders 10 aircraft from Airbus

At this week’s Paris Air Show, budget long-haul carrier AirAsia X announced that it was ordering £1.34 billion in aircraft from Airbus.

The airline said that the deal involved a firm order for 10 A350-900s, and an option for an additional five planes.

In March of this year, the carrier launched service between London Stansted and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Delivery of new aircraft is scheduled between 2016 and 2018, and will complement the AirAsia X current fleet of A330s.

The new planes will enable the budget airline to expand its network, which includes London; Gold Coast, Melbourne and Perth in Australia; and Hangzhou and Tianjin in China.

Tony Fernandes, the CEO of the AirAsia group, said: “Business is all about timing and long-term strategy. Placing this order today forms part of our long-term vision for AirAsia X.”

He added: “At a time when many airlines are cutting back routes and grounding staff and aircraft, the current economic downturn has presented  AirAsia X with an unprecedented opportunity to gain market share with our low-fare, high quality business model.”

AirAsia X currently has 25 A330s on order that are on a delivery scheduled that runs through 2015. Two of the planes in the order have been delivered since last October.

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