AirAsia X asks lessors to defer lease payments for its Airbus A330s

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - Malaysian budget specialist AirAsia X has asked aircraft leasing companies to postpone the lease payments for its Airbus A330-300 jets.

Air Asia X was operating some of these planes on routes to China before the coronavirus outbreak. The carrier said that its exposure to the crisis is high as over 30% of its pre-epidemic capacity was to and from China.

AirAsia X currently operates 24 Airbus A330-300 jets. 24 of these planes are leased from global aircraft lessors such as ICBC Financial Leasing, Avenue Capital Aircraft Holdings, and BOC Aviation.