Kuala Lumpur - Airbus might need to rearrange its backlog for its largest customer AirAsia. The airline is revising its order for the 100, A330-900. AirAsia X intends to swap some widebodies in its order book with the A321neo and A321LR.
According to a report from the CAPA Center for Aviation, AirAsia is now negotiating with Airbus for a further adjustment for its order of 100, A330-900. The Malaysian LCC wants to modify its order by replacing 40 A330-900 with the A321neo and the longe-range version A321LR.
As a result, AirAsia has requested delivery slots from the European manufacturer from the second quarter of 2019 for Thai AirAsia X and Malaysia AirAsia X. A330-900 for Europe Line For AirAsia X,
Airbus will increase the range of the A330-900 to 7200NM (13,330 km) and its MTOW to 251 tons. This improvement will allow Air Asia X to use A330-900s efficiently for flights from Kuala Lumpur to London. However, the increased MTOW will only be available for aircraft from the production year of 2020.
The compact long-haul Airbus A321LR is well received in Asia-Pacific. In addition to the ANA subsidiary Peach, Qantas subsidiary Jetstar is planning to build up an A321LR fleet as well.
AirAsia had ordered a further 100 A321neo aircraft at the Farnborough Airshow, extending its total order for the A320 family to 575 aircraft.