Kuala Lumpur - The low-cost airline operator AirAsia has taken possession of the first Airbus A320neo, which was assembled in China.

The re-engined aircraft brings up to 15% in fuel economy and an extended 500 nm range, which allows AirAsia to offer passengers lower rates throughout its network in Asia.

On October 25, 2017, the Malaysian specialist in cheap flight took possession of the first A320neo assembled in the Tianjin FAL in China where 340 aircraft have already been released. Equipped with LEAP-1A engines, the aircraft is configured to accommodate 186 passengers in its Space-Flex cabin. AirAsia CEO Berhad Aireen Omar has declared that they are very proud to receive the first fully assembled A320neo in Tianjin, congratulating Airbus and the Chinese government for this important new step.

AirAsia received its first A320neo last year recalls Mr. Omar, and the company says that the re-engined aircraft brings up to 15% in fuel economy and an extended 500 nm range, which allows AirAsia to offer passengers lower rates throughout its network in Asia.

According to Airbus, the AirAsia group - its largest customer - ordered 578 single-aisles at the end of September, including 174 A320s (some in Tianjin), 404 A320neo and 100 A321neo. The re-engineered single-aisle cars have accumulated more than 5500 orders by the end of September 2017 (51 A319neo, 3673 A320neo, 1478 A321neo). Launched in 2008, the Tianjin FAL is the third of the aircraft manufacturer dedicated to single-aisle aircraft after Toulouse and Hamburg; a fourth was added to Mobile in the United States.