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AirAsia to convert some of the A330-900s on order to the new A321XLR

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - Malaysian low-cost operator AirAsia is likely to announce today an arrangement for its large Airbus order book.

Sources familiar with the matter said that the Asian carrier will convert some of the A330neos on order to the Airbus's newly launched ultra-long-range narrowbody A321XLR.

Airbus has been in talks with the Asian carrier to sell A321XLR to its biggest customer in Asia.

AirAsia X, the long-haul subsidiary of the AirAsia Group, signed a letter of intent for 34 A330-900 last year, but it hasn't been finalized so far.

Today, the Malaysian carrier is expected to announce order confirmation for the A330-900s with a little arrangement. The Asian Group will reportedly convert some of the A330-900s to the A321XLR that was officially launched during the Paris Air Show this year.

The group's long-haul subsidiary AirAsia X has 66 A330-900 on order with Airbus.

The details would be revealed during an event that will be held by Airbus in Kuala Lumpur today.

Besides Airbus CEO Guillaume Faury, AirAsia Group CEO Tony Fernandes, and Malaysia’s Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad will also attend the event.

Update: The finalized order includes 12 A330-900 and 30 A321XLR. The Airbus A321XLR will be available from 2023. Thanks to its extended flight range (4697 nmi / 8,700 km), the aircraft will allow AirAsia to operate long-haul routes on which the A330-900 is too large.