AirAsia has shown off the first two of their Long-Haul A330neo, to be based in Don Mueang Airport Bangkok. These two new aircraft, HS-XJA and HS-XJB, will service scheduled flights to key destinations throughout Asia Pacific as part of AirAsia’s long-haul operations from Thailand.
Long-haul A330neo configuration
The new aircraft accommodates 12 Premium Flatbeds and 365 standard seats. Passengers will enjoy the enhanced personal space, larger cabin storage, ambient mood lighting and the quietest cabin in its class. The addition of power sockets in every seat will definitely be popular with passengers.
The Airbus A330neo is a new-generation wide body aircraft delivering numerous benefits and efficiencies apart from the enhanced cabin comfort. Fuel efficient Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 engines and composite Sharklet wingtip devices offering aerodynamic improvements will reduce fuel burn. This will allow the aircraft to fly further, providing greater range.
AirAsia X Thailand currently operates 12 aircraft with 2 more to arrive by the end of 2019. From 2020 onwards, they will move towards an all-Airbus A330neo fleet.
……. We remain committed to taking full advantage of this revolutionary aircraft as we look forward to offering the best value and comfort for long haul air travel. AirAsia X Group CEO Nadda Buranasiri
The A330neo will be initially deployed on existing long-haul routes from Bangkok operated by AirAsia X Thailand (carrier code XJ). This will cover routes to Japan, Australia, China and South Korea. For Malaysian passengers hoping to try the new aircraft, you may have to wait a while, but Kuala Lumpur will receive the first of the new Airbus A321neo, currently receiving finishing touches in Hamburg.
Other new aircraft on order
AirAsia X has placed a firm order with Airbus for an additional 12 A330neo in the first week of September. This brings the total to 78 aircraft on order for this type. The airline has also also confirmed an order for 30 new-generation A321XLR aircraft. These single-aisle Xtra Long Range aircraft are promoting as offering further efficiency with even lower fuel burn.
This order reaffirms the carrier’s status as the largest customer for the A330neo and strengthens AirAsia Group’s position as the world’s largest airline customer for the A320 Family.