AirAsia X turns its back on Airbus A350


Kuala Lumpur - The Boss of Malaysian low-cost AirAsia X thinks the A350 is too expensive, although the airline has ten of them on order. The operator instead talks to Boeing for the 787-10.

AirAsia X currently holds a firm order for ten A350-900 from 2009. The first aircraft is scheduled for delivery in 2021. The company later ordered 66 A330neo.

The A350 is not an aircraft we will buy,
AirAsia X co-group CEO Tony Fernandes told Reuters.

Too expensive. Fares would go up.

With the current statements, Fernandes could try to push prices down for more A350 or withdraw from the contract. Reuters reports talks between AirAsia X and Boeing over the purchase of 787-10 Dreamliners, citing an anonymous source.

AirAsia X did not want to comment on the status of the negotiations with Boeing or clarify whether the current A350 order is dropped.

A final decision on AirAsia X's future fleet will be made later this year, the source said on condition of anonymity.

Malaysian low-cost will receive its first of 66 A330neo ordered in December 2018. In March, Airbus gave the green light for a MTOW version of the A330neo, which offers 650 nautical miles (1,200 kilometers) more range with a maximum take-off weight of 251 tons. Airbus developed the MTOW option at the request of AirAsia X.

Airbus recently lost two orders to Boeing. One from Hawaiian Airlines for the A330-800 and the other from American for the A350-900. Both airlines chose the 787.