Toulouse, 10th August 2019 – AirAsia has taken delivery of its first A330neo aircraft, to be operated by its long-haul affiliate AirAsia X Thailand. The aircraft was delivered via lessor Avolon, it is the first of two A330neos set to join the airline’s fleet by the end of the year.
The new generation A330neo will be based at Bangkok’s Don Mueang International Airport in Thailand; supporting the airline’s growth and network expansion plans to key markets such as Australia, Japan and South Korea.
The AirAsia X Thailand A330-900 features 377 seats in a two-class configuration, comprising 12 Premium Flatbeds and 365 Economy Class seats. In Economy, the seating is in a dense 3-3-3 configuration, one extra seat per row over the standard 2-4-2 seating configuration.
While there are only two classes of service, AirAsia X offers four different seating options on its A330neo aircraft:
- Premium Flatbeds
- Hot Seats with more legroom
- Quiet Zone
- Standard Economy seats.
AirAsia’s long-haul affiliate, AirAsia X currently operates 36 A330-300 aircraft; they are currently the largest customer for the A330neo, with 66 on firm order.
The A330neo is the new-generation aircraft, building on Airbus most popular wide body A330’s features and leveraging the A350 XWB technology. Powered by the latest Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 engines, the A330neo provides better level of efficiency – with 25% lower fuel burn per seat than the previous generation of competitors.
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