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AirAsia reports improved results in the first quarter of 2022

Capital A Berhad (formerly known as AirAsia Group Berhad) (“Capital A” or the “Group”) presents the following operating statistics for its airline business for the First Quarter of the Financial Year 2022 (“1Q2022”).

Capital A Berhad Consolidated AOCs¹ has posted another significantly improved result across key operational metrics including a healthy load factor of 76% and capacity of 4.9 million passengers carried respectively in 1Q2022. The number of passengers carried has increased by 284% to 3.7 million year-on-year (“YoY”) in 1Q2022 leading to a 9 percentage points (“ppts”) improvement in load factor. The Group introduced additional capacity of 238% YoY to support the surge in demand, alongside relaxed travel restrictions across the Group. As a result, Available Seat Kilometres (“ASK”) soared by 223% and Revenue Passenger Kilometres (“RPK”) jumped by 264% YoY, primarily attributable to the strong domestic travel rebound and the gradual further easing of travel restrictions in 1Q2022.

For AirAsia Malaysia, the number of passengers carried and the capacity improvement jumped 464% and 455% respectively, compared to the same quarter in the previous year, off the back of the resumption of a significant number of additional domestic flights and the relaunch of numerous domestic routes to connect people between major cities, particularly during the festive season. In 1Q2022, the load factor increased by 1 ppt YoY to 74%. ASK jumped 475% and RPK jumped 476% YoY. These very promising achievements were driven by added frequencies of domestic flights in line with increased demand and were also attributed to the promotional campaigns that took place in 1Q2022.

AirAsia Indonesia also achieved a much improved load factor of 76% in 1Q2022, which surged 20 ppts YoY. Passengers carried and capacity improved by 126% and 141% quarter-on-quarter (“QoQ”), respectively, off the back of additional frequency added for domestic flights, particularly Jakarta to Denpasar and between Jakarta and Medan, to meet huge pent-up demand. The RPK surged 129% to 436 million from 190 million QoQ and increased 22% YoY from 357 million in the quarter.

AirAsia Philippines has continued to record the Group’s highest quarterly load factor at 86%, which rose by 12 ppts YoY, uninterrupted by the steep rise of Omicron variant cases in the Philippines during the quarter. In 1Q2022, the number of seats sold and capacity increased 233% and 186% respectively, compared to the same period last year. Similarly, ASK and the number of flights flown rocketed 203% and 186% YoY, with the support of the huge summer demand following the Philippines Government’s confirmation of further relaxed travel protocols.

In 1Q2022, AirAsia Thailand carried 1.45 million passengers, up 48 ppts YoY, an impressive increase over the past two consecutive quarters, mainly due to a strong recovery in travel demand and the easing of the entry rules as well as the reopening of the Thailand Pass (Test & Go). Noticeably, international tourist arrivals to Thailand increased as a consequence. Furthermore, AirAsia Thailand has increased its flight frequency and routes to cater for the evolving resurgence in travel demand, eventuating in a 32% growth in flights flown to 11,002 flights, in part, from a resumption of international flights. Similarly, the ASK and the seating capacity also improved by 34% on a robust rebound. Moreover, AirAsia Thailand has reallocated its capacity and flights to align with the reviving demand. As a result, the load factor in the reporting quarter was recorded at 73%, rising 7 ppts from the same period last year.

Capital A Berhad Consolidated AOCs – Malaysia, Indonesia & Philippines
1st Quarter 2022 Operating Statistics

Note: (i) The fleet count excludes:
– Two (2) A320 aircraft leased to a third party airline

Malaysia
1st Quarter 2022 Operating Statistics

Note: (ii) The fleet count excludes:
– Two (2) A320 aircraft leased to a third party airline

Indonesia
1st Quarter 2022 Operating Statistics

Philippines
1st Quarter 2022 Operating Statistics

Thailand
1st Quarter 2022 Operating Statistics

1. Number of earned seats flown. Earned seats comprise seats sold to passengers (including no-shows)
2. Number of seats flown
3. Number of Passengers Carried as a percentage of Capacity
4. Available Seat Kilometres (ASK) measures an airline’s passenger capacity. Total seats flown multiplied by the number of kilometres flown
5. Revenue Passenger Kilometres (RPK) is a measure of the volume of passengers carried by the airline. Number of passengers multiplied by the number of kilometres these passengers have flown
6. Number of flights flown
7. Number of aircraft including spares

¹ Capital A Berhad Consolidated AOCs refers to AOCs whose financial and operational results are consolidated for financial reporting purposes and these are the Malaysian, Indonesian and Philippines AOCs.

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AirAsia Group is now Capital A

AirAsia Group Berhad has announced a name change for the group holding company to become Capital A Berhad (Capital A or the Group).

The name change reflects the Group’s new core business strategy as an investment holding company with a portfolio of synergistic travel and lifestyle businesses, which have rapidly transformed the AirAsia brand into much more than just an airline.

CEO of Capital A, Tony Fernandes said: “This is not just about unveiling a new logo. It’s a significant milestone that marks a new era for the Group. Today’s announcement reinforces we are not just an airline anymore.

“While the airline will always underpin the AirAsia brand, it has long been my firm intention, well before Covid hit, to leverage the strong data we have built up over 20 years and incorporate industry-leading new technologies to offer a broad range of products and services, over and above selling just airfares. The pandemic has allowed us to accelerate that strategy.

“Our brand has continuously evolved based on driving innovation and meeting ever changing consumer demand. The strategy behind the change of name is to introduce a new corporate identity that better reflects the Group’s core businesses today and its future undertakings, in tandem with our rapid transformation from an airline into a one-stop digital travel and lifestyle services group. We believe that the new company name will also further enhance the marketability of our products and boost the success of our Group for the long haul.

“Essentially Capital A is an investment company with a broad portfolio of businesses which all deliver the best value at the lowest cost, supported by strong data built up over two decades. We also have one of Asia’s leading brands to ride on, a strong people-first culture and an underlying promise of remaining committed to serving the underserved in all that we do. Just like what the airline has done from day one, all of our different lines of business will deliver the same strategy that is underscored by doing what we do best – making travel and everyday lifestyle services affordable, accessible and inclusive to all.

“We are now delivering more products and services under one umbrella than any other brand in Asean and with access to over 700 million people in the region, I foresee incredible growth opportunities for our brand across many different industries in all of our core markets.

“We have 16 products and services on our airasia Super App, providing not only the best value flight and travel deals but also everyday lifestyle needs, from food to retail and e-commerce, to same day delivery, ride hailing and much more. We are already one of the top three online travel agents (OTAs) in Asean and our super app is on track to become the leading lifestyle app in the region very soon.

“All of our portfolio businesses are well on the way to becoming industry leaders in their respective fields across Southeast Asia, including BigPay, our aircraft engineering division Asia Digital Engineering (ADE) and logistics venture Teleport.

“We already have over 50 million monthly unique visitors on our super app which has been recognised as a tech unicorn in under two years, our fintech business BigPay, has been given a significant injection of USD $100million from South Korea conglomerate SK Group and overall we have raised over RM2.5 billion to date through our fundraising strategy. Following strong consumer and investor support for our transformation strategy, we now set our sights on further capital raising initiatives for the airasia Super App, Teleport and ADE which will be announced in due course.”

On the airline, Tony commented: “While Capital A will be the new Group holding company name, one thing that isn’t changing is the AirAsia brand name for our airlines. It’s one of the strongest brands in Asia and provides a solid platform for all of our other products and services to leverage from each other.

“Even though the last two years have been the most difficult and disrupted years in the history of commercial aviation, I welcome the year ahead with much greater confidence. Domestic air travel has already started to rebound in our key markets. While there may be some delays for international flights to return to pre-Covid levels due to the Omicron variant, I believe this will be short-lived as many global health experts are also predicting, alongside accelerated vaccines and booster shots as well as the world gradually learning to live with Covid. I am hopeful borders will reopen gradually throughout 2022 and we will see a return to normal capacity for our international services by the middle to third quarter of this year.

“Over the past two years we have spent the downturn in flying building a solid foundation for a viable and successful future, which is not solely reliant on airfares alone. Capital A signals an exciting new era for our airlines and all of our other portfolio businesses within the Group as we embark on a significant new growth phase.

“Importantly, the best is yet to come. We have pivoted, we have transformed and we have a five year plan in place which will see non airline revenues contributing around 50 percent of overall Group revenue by 2026. Once the airlines return to pre-Covid levels in the near future all of our other lines of business will benefit significantly and will all soar to new heights in tandem with one another.”

By 2026 Capital A aims to achieve amongst others:

  • Group airlines connecting over 1 billion people in Asean.

  • The engineering division (ADE) becomes an industry leader for maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services in Southeast Asia.

  • airasia Super App to be the super app of choice in Asean.

  • 10 million monthly active users for BigPay.

  • 10% market share in Southeast Asia for Teleport, in the logistics and e-commerce industry.

  • 5 million sign ups for edutech arm AirAsia Academy.

  • Over 21 million monthly orders on airasia grocer.

The new holding company name, Capital A, is immediately effective following the successful registration of the name by the Companies Commision of Malaysia announced on January 3 and the subsequent formal approvals received yesterday.

The name change from AirAsia Group Berhad to Capital A Berhad will not have any effect on the Company’s ongoing operations. The AirAsia stock name on the main Board of Bursa Malaysia Securities Berhad will change with immediate effect to reflect the new company name.

AirAsia X shareholders approve corporate restructuring plan, resumes operations this month

2018 "Lotte World" special livery

AirAsia X Berhad (AAX) has received approval from its shareholders for the proposed corporate restructuring to progress as planned, following the voting process at the AAX Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) today.

The approval marks a major milestone in the corporate restructuring process. All resolutions were passed with at least a 99.8 percent margin.

These approvals have been obtained simultaneously with final negotiations being held with creditors.

The Company and its restructuring advisers, New York based Seabury Capital have been in active and productive discussions with lessors and other creditors after the approval granted by the court to convene the Court Convened Meeting (CCM). This is currently scheduled for late July or August.

AAX is committed to resuming commercial operations as soon as possible on a successful completion of the restructuring plan and the opening of international borders.

Additionally AirAsia X confirmed a number of services will be operating in June for repatriation purposes between Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and Sydney, Australia.

While there are currently two return flights on sale in June, there will be more flights available and on sale soon, between Kuala Lumpur and Sydney.

Kuala Lumpur to Sydney
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Sydney to Kuala Lumpur
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Top Copyright Photo: AirAsia (Thai AirAsia X) Airbus A330-343 HS-XTD (msn 741) (Lotte World) FUK (Michael B. Ing). Image: 948573.

AirAsia X restructures in order to survive

AirAsia X Berhad (AirAsia X) today announced a restructuring plan geared at facilitating an injection of fresh equity which will allow the airline to fly again. AirAsia X also appoints Dato’ Lim Kian Onn as the Deputy Chairman to lead the airline restructuring. He is a Chartered Accountant and was an investment banker. He has been a Board member of AirAsia X since 2012.

AirAsia X is facing severe liquidity constraints. Travel and border restrictions have grounded all scheduled flights and there is no imminent return to normalcy.

An imminent default of contractual commitments will precipitate a potential liquidation of the airline.

A major debt restructuring and a renegotiation of its financial obligations are pre-requisites for any raising of fresh equity which will be required to restart the airline.

For 13 years AirAsia X, as a market leader in medium-haul low-cost flying, has delivered affordable flights to many destinations and created jobs for the airline, related travel and tourism industries as well as contributing to Malaysia’s GDP growth.

The Board and management have assessed various options and propose a restructuring plan which if approved, will secure the airline’s continued ability to fly again. The plan includes:

A. Debt Restructuring Scheme

proposed debt settlement and waiver of debts involving unsecured creditors, aimed at enabling the Group to address its debt obligations in an orderly manner and to arrive at a debt structure that is sustainable from future operating cash flows;

B. Revision of the Group’s Business Plan

route network rationalisation, aircraft fleet right-sizing, cost base overhaul and workforce optimisation, all aimed at ensuring a leaner and more sustainable business going forward;

C. Engagement with Business Partners

key success factors to the proposed restructuring plan include the support from business partners to continue the long-term relationship pre- and post-restructuring.  AirAsia X continues to engage all key business partners and hopes to enter into contracts, agreements and/or arrangements that are reflective and supportive of the airline’s revised business plan upon successful completion of the restructuring which is critical to the future viability of the business;

D. Airline customer and Travel Agents

under the Proposed Scheme, AirAsia Unlimited Pass holders and guests with valid flight bookings will receive travel credits with extended validity for future travel or purchase of seat inventory.

The proposed restructuring plan and establishment of new contracts, agreements and/or arrangements based on terms to be agreed upon which are sustainable based on the Group’s revised business plan is aimed to right-size the Group’s level of operations and financial obligations, which is crucial to the Group’s continued existence in the aviation landscape. These exercises are pre-requisite for the raising of any fresh capital, comprising both equity and debt needed to implement the Group’s revised business plan.

In the last two months the Company has had extensive discussions with all major creditors. Whilst there are varying degrees of support for the restructuring scheme as has been proposed, all of them have expressed strong support for a continuation of the airline business.

AirAsia X CEO Benyamin Ismail said, “AirAsia X and other airlines the world over are struggling to survive amidst the global crisis of COVID-19 pandemic. We remain committed to our guests, Allstars, business partners and shareholders to ensure we build a viable and sustainable airline for the long-haul, and for the survival of this airline, the proposed restructuring plan is our only option.

“It has been extremely difficult for the airline during this period as we had to ground all scheduled flights, implement salary cuts and retrenchment for the first time in the company’s history as a consequence of the pandemic. Similar exercises are likely to continue during the restructuring process, but our focus is to ensure a successful restructuring to keep as many jobs as possible.

“We have a low cost base, we are in the right part of the market and many of our key markets are in green zones which are likely to reopen first. We have a robust recovery strategy in place, and with the continued support from our stakeholders, we will overcome all challenges and come out stronger.”

Benyamin Ismail also added, “In order to safeguard Malaysia’s vested interest through the aviation industry, regional air connectivity is essential for trade, businesses and economic growth, especially to our core markets of China, Japan, Korea and Australia where we have established a strong foothold. The closure of these markets can impact the stimulus spending, GDP contribution and employment within the supply chain of the aviation industry. As other airlines struggle in the current market condition, AirAsia X strives to emerge stronger once the market recovers.  Our immediate focus is to obtain all necessary approvals and execute the proposed restructuring plan over the next few months.

“Under the Proposed Scheme, AirAsia X Unlimited Pass holders and guests with valid flight bookings will receive travel credits with extended validity for future travel or purchase of seat inventory. We assure you that we will resume operations as soon as possible once the border restrictions are lifted. Your steadfast support is greatly appreciated.”

AirAsia X continuously reviews its network resumption timeline and has an ongoing dialogue with tourism and airport authorities, governments and other industry stakeholders to pave the way for the prospect of travel bubbles in green zone countries.

Despite the unprecedented setback brought by COVID-19, this also provides an opportunity for AirAsia X to transform and reinvent the product and business strategy to emerge in a stronger and more sustainable financial position, capable of attracting new equity and debt funding critical to the long-term viability and continuity of AirAsia X.

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AirAsia X offers an unlimited pass for one year for $118

With the coronavirus now affecting demand for travel to and from Asia, Asian airlines are now scrambling to entice passengers to come back on their planes. AirAsia made this announcement:

AirAsia guests can now take unlimited* flights for a year with the AirAsia Unlimited Pass at only RM499 nett ($118 US) , available for purchase on airasia.com/deals or AirAsia mobile app for seven day.

AirAsia X Malaysia CEO Benyamin Ismail said, “this is unprecedented. However, AirAsia has always been known as the disruptor and we want to restore traveller’s confidence amid the current sentiment towards flying. Travelling is still very safe as long as everyone travels responsibly and is kept updated by World Health Organisation (WHO) or respective government’s travel advice.

“As the travel period spans across one full year, AirAsia Unlimited Pass holders can decide when best to travel and choose between exploring all available destinations or keep going back to the same favourite location over and over again in different seasons, the choice is yours!” added Ben.

According to a press release on IATA’s website, passengers should be reassured that cabin air is filtered, that aircraft are cleaned in line with global standards, that key airports have implemented temperature screening for travellers and that airline staff and crew are trained to deal with the rare case of a passenger presenting with symptoms of infection.

The WHO has not called for restrictions on travel or trade. Indeed, air transport plays a major role—bringing medical staff and supplies to where they are needed.

“If you are sick, don’t travel. If you have flu-like symptoms, wear a mask and see a doctor. And when you travel wash your hands frequently and don’t touch your face. Observing these simple measures should keep flying safe for all,” said Dr. David Powell, IATA’s Medical Advisor.

AirAsia Unlimited Pass is available to all Malaysia-based AirAsia BIG members on airasia.com/deals or mobile app from February 29, 2020 (1200hrs Local Time) to March 7, 2020 (2359hrs Local Time) only.

Retailed at RM499 nett, all AirAsia Unlimited Pass holders are empowered to take unlimited* flights between Kuala Lumpur and Australia, Japan, India and more within a year’s time (travel period between March 2, 2020 and March 2, 2021) subject to government taxes and fees, add ons and other charges. Flight booking must be made at least 14 days before departure, the full terms and conditions can be accessed here.

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AirAsia orders more Airbus aircraft

AirAsia has signed two major agreements with Airbus, covering the order of an additional 12 A330neo and 30 A321XLR aircraft, as well as a memorandum of agreement to support the development of the Malaysian aerospace industry.

As part of the deal, Airbus will expand its maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) presence in Malaysia and establish the Airbus Malaysia Digital Initiative to enhance the competitiveness of the local aerospace sector through the application of new digital technologies, in line with the government’s vision to make Malaysia a regional aerospace hub.

Airbus will also boost its commitment to the Aerospace Malaysia Innovation Centre (AMIC) – of which it is a founding member – by appointing an Innovation Technical Director and increasing its funding for joint research programmes, including into the production of sustainable aviation biofuels in Malaysia.

The agreements were signed by Airbus CEO Guillaume Faury and Tan Sri Rafidah Aziz, Chairman of AirAsia X Berhad for the aircraft purchase and Datuk Kamarudin Meranun, Executive Chairman of AirAsia Group Berhad for the industrial projects.

The signing ceremony was witnessed by Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, the Prime Minister of Malaysia. Also present was AirAsia Group CEO Tan Sri Tony Fernandes.

Airbus is the largest international partner for the Malaysian aerospace industry. Its sourcing and services businesses in the country are now valued at some US$400 million per annum for the local economy, a figure expected to rise to more than US$550 million every year with these new initiatives.

AirAsia also signed an agreement for a firm order of 12 additional Airbus A330neo aircraft, (taking the total from 66 to 78 A330neos on order) and 30 state-of-the-art A321XLR aircraft, to join AirAsia’s future long-haul fleet. The introduction of the A321XLR provides AirAsia X with greater flexibility to better manage capacity on key routes as well as respond to seasonal demand. The A321XLR also gives AirAsia X an advantage when it comes to exploring opportunities to operate non-stop flights between Southeast Asia and secondary cities in countries like Australia, China and Japan.

Airbus reveals first A330neo for AirAsia

Airbus and AirAsia have unveiled the first A330-900 (A330neo) for the AirAsia Group at the Paris Air Show. The aircraft will be delivered via lessor Avolon in the coming weeks for operation by AirAsia’s long-haul affiliate, AirAsia X Thailand. The event was attended by Tan Sri Rafidah Aziz, AirAsia X Malaysia Chairman, Nadda Buranasiri, AirAsia X Group CEO, Christian Scherer, Airbus Chief Commercial Officer, Domhnal Slattery, Avolon Chief Executive Officer and Chris Cholerton, Rolls-Royce President Civil Aerospace.

With capability to reach Europe nonstop from South-East Asia, the A330neo’s increased range and enhanced economics will bring a step-change in fuel efficiency for AirAsia’s long haul operations.

During the event, media and other guests visited the new cabin for the first time. The Thai AirAsia X A330-900 features 377 seats in a two-class configuration, comprising 12 business class and 365 economy class seats.

AirAsia X currently operates 36 A330-300 aircraft. The airline is the largest customer for the A330neo with 66 on order. In addition, the airline will acquire two aircraft on lease from Avolon this year.

The A330-900 is the larger of the two A330neo variants. The A330neo Family is the new generation A330, comprising two versions: the A330-800 and A330-900 sharing 99 percent commonality. It builds on the proven economics, versatility and reliability of the A330 Family, while reducing fuel consumption by about 25 percent per seat versus previous generation competitors and increasing range by up to 1,500 nm compared to the majority of A330s in operation.

Photos: Airbus.

AirAsia X is coming to Avalon Airport on December 5

AirAsia X (AirAsia.com) Airbus A330-343 9M-XXI (msn 1411) DPS (Pascal Simon). Image: 943869.

AirAsia X On December 5, 2018 will launch new twice-daily Australian services to Avalon Airport (AVV) from Kuala Lumpur. The first departure from Avalon Airport will be on December 5.

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AirAsia X will become the largest airline at Avalon Airport.

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Previously on February 4, 2018 AirAsia and Avalon Airport announced that AirAsia will move its Melbourne operations to Avalon Airport from Melbourne Tullamarine Airport.

AirAsia X Malaysia will operate twice daily flights as the first international carrier at the airport, making long-haul flying affordable for Melbourne and the Victorian region, and improving access to more than 130 destinations in Asia and beyond.

Flight schedule between Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (KUL) and Avalon, Melbourne, Australia (AVV) commencing December 5, 2018:

 

 Note: All times listed are local unless otherwise stated, subject to government and regulatory approval. Note: Fares to/from Avalon Airport are on sale subject to regulatory approvals at this time.

Note: All times listed are local unless otherwise stated, subject to government and regulatory approval.
Note: Fares to/from Avalon Airport are on sale subject to regulatory approvals at this time.

 

A total of 500,000 international passengers are projected to move through Avalon Airport in the first year of operations.

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The move was announced at an industry event at Avalon Airport (above) with special guests including the Minister for Foreign Affairs, the Hon. Julie Bishop, AirAsia Group CEO and AirAsia X Co-Group CEO Tony Fernandes, Founder of Linfox, Lindsay Fox AC, Executive Chairman Linfox Airports, David Fox, AirAsia X Malaysia CEO Benyamin Ismail, Minister for Industry and Employment, the Hon. Ben Carroll, Avalon Airport CEO Justin Giddings, and local TV personality Catriona Rowntree as master of ceremonies.

AirAsia Group CEO and AirAsia X Co-Group CEO Tony Fernandes said, “This is an exciting milestone for AirAsia X. Since our inaugural flight in 2007, AirAsia X has flown over 30 million guests, including 6.1 million Australians – tourists wanting to experience amazing Australia, students from across the globe and Australians who wish to see the world. We are proud to renew our commitment to making air travel affordable for Australians with this move to Avalon, which will help us maintain our cost edge and allow us to continue offering low fares to Asean, Asia and beyond.”

He added: “Our crusade started with just two planes 16 years ago at a time when flying was only for the privileged few. We have since created jobs and careers, and turned millions of dreams into reality. I must say it hasn’t always been easy for us in Australia. The challenges thrown at us have been constant, but the joy we bring to Australians and Southeast Asians who yearn to travel has strengthened our resolve to make flying cheaper, easier and more enjoyable. We would like to thank Avalon for supporting AirAsia in helping all travellers through low fares.”

AirAsia X Malaysia CEO Benyamin Ismail said, “We are proud to be the first airline to operate international flights at Avalon Airport, connecting Melbourne and the Victorian region with Kuala Lumpur, Asia’s number one LCC hub. Melbourne and Victoria are important markets to us and this new service with 560,000 seats annually will provide a significant boost to business and tourism, including to such attractions as the Great Ocean Road. We wish to thank the relevant authorities for their tremendous support in making our move to Avalon Airport possible.”

Executive Chairman Linfox Airports, David Fox said, “This is a significant announcement and the formation of a new partnership. We anticipate around half a million international passengers will use Avalon Airport in the first year of operations. I am particularly excited about the large volumes of freight capacity that AirAsia X has on each flight. We have received great interest from exporters in the region and this now provides the perfect platform for fresh food access to Asia.”

Avalon Airport CEO, Justin Giddings said, “This is a 10-year agreement structured to accommodate AirAsia X’s significant growth. It is the first such deal in Australia, and provides a unique low-cost opportunity for people and businesses to access over 130 destinations throughout Asia. Avalon Airport is easily accessible from Melbourne, Geelong, Ballarat and surrounds. Low-cost flights combined with an easy airport experience makes for the perfect partnership. We’re extremely pleased to welcome AirAsia to Avalon Airport.”

Top Copyright Photo (all others by AirAsia): AirAsia X (AirAsia.com) Airbus A330-343 9M-XXI (msn 1411) DPS (Pascal Simon). Image: 943869.

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AirAsia X confirms 66 A330neo and orders a further 34, total now 100

AirAsia X has placed an order for 34 additional Airbus A330neo aircraft worth $30 billion. The brings the total to 100 aircraft.

The first copy will be delivered in April 2019.

The new aircraft will replace older aircraft and allow for greater expansion. The new type will also allow the company to fly nonstop to London.

The airline issued this statement:

AirAsia’s long haul affiliate, AirAsia X, has placed an order with Airbus for an additional 34 A330neo widebody aircraft. The order was announced at the Farnborough Air Show in the UK by Datuk Kamarudin Meranun, AirAsia Co-Founder and AirAsia X Group Chief Executive Officer, Tan Sri Rafidah Aziz, Chairman of AirAsia X and Eric Schulz, Airbus Chief Commercial Officer (below).

The latest agreement reaffirms AirAsia X’s position as the largest airline customer for the A330neo, with the total number of aircraft ordered by the airline increasing to 100.

All the A330neo aircraft ordered by AirAsia X are the larger A330-900 model.

Offering range capability enabling nonstop services to Europe, including from Kuala Lumpur to London, the A330neo will allow AirAsia X to expand its value-based long haul model with even lower operating costs, while enabling its passengers to fly further more often with highly competitive fares.

AirAsia X will be the first airline in Asia to operate the A330neo, with deliveries of aircraft on order with Airbus scheduled to start in Q4 2019. The A330neo will be operated by AirAsia X out of its bases in Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia.

AirAsia Co-Founder and AirAsia X Group Chief Executive Officer Datuk Kamarudin Meranun said: “Long haul low-cost is something we strongly believe in, and this order shows our confidence in the AirAsia X model. We lobbied hard for the A330neo after seeing the success of the A320neo, and working closely with Airbus, we have arrived at an aircraft that we are confident will allow us to expand our low fares offering beyond Asia Pacific to the rest of the world.”

AirAsia Co-Founder and AirAsia X Co-Group Chief Executive Officer Tan Sri Tony Fernandes added: “Our decision not only to reconfirm our existing order for 66 A330neo, but to add 34 more, follows what is probably one of the most thorough aircraft evaluations the industry has ever seen. We have looked at every aspect of the A330neo from technical performance and reliability to passenger comfort and it is clearly the right aircraft for us to expand efficiently our fast-growing long haul network. I would like to personally thank Eric Schulz, who has been put through his paces with AirAsia, as well as Jerome and Alain. We are a tough customer but we get behind a product we know is right.”

Eric Schulz, Airbus Chief Commercial Officer commented: “We are extremely pleased to announce this important agreement with AirAsia X. This is the strongest possible endorsement for the unbeatable operating economics, performance and cost-effectiveness that the A330neo brings to the market in its size category. We look forward to working with AirAsia X on the entry into service of this great aircraft with the carrier as it expands its route network to more destinations around the world.”

The A330neo is the latest version of the twin aisle A330 Family. It incorporates new generation Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 engines, a new optimised wing and increased use of lighter composite materials. Together, these advances bring a significant reduction in fuel consumption of 25 per cent compared with older generation aircraft of similar size.

Passengers can expect the highest levels of comfort when flying on the A330neo, with the aircraft featuring the award-winning Airspace by Airbus cabin. Originally designed for the larger A350 XWB, this features newly designed sidewalls and fixtures, larger overhead storage, advanced cabin mood lighting and the latest in-flight entertainment and connectivity.

The A330 Family is one of the most successful widebody product lines ever, having received over 1,700 orders from 120 customers. More than 1,400 A330s are flying with over 120 operators worldwide. Including today’s announcement, the A330neo has already won some 250 firm orders prior to entry-into-service.

The A330neo is currently nearing completion of its flight test programme with certification expected in the coming weeks followed by entry into commercial service in September.

Photo: AirAsia X.

AirAsia launches Airbus A330 UFC branded livery to celebrate UFC partnership

AirAsia has launched the first UFC – branded livery on an AirAsia Airbus A330-300.

The aircraft is the first of its kind in the world to feature UFC branding and is sure to capture the attention of travelers all over the world.

AirAsia Group Head of Branding Rudy Khaw added: “We are pleased to unveil this special livery as the Official Airline of the UFC in Asia. Fight fans have been eagerly awaiting the return of UFC to Singapore, and we are thrilled to be able to present Cowboy vs Edwards for their enjoyment.”

Speaking of the launch, Vice President of Asia Pacific at UFC Kevin Chang said: “This is a special moment for our valued partner AirAsia and UFC. We’re committed to growing the brand and sport in Asia, and this collaborative partnership will continue to help us do that. We have a Fight Night in Singapore in less than a month, and this branded aircraft will add to the excitement of fans traveling there.”

Come June 23, fans can expect a world-class MMA event with athletes from around the world. A truly international fight card, UFC® FIGHT NIGHT SINGAPORE: COWBOY vs. EDWARDS presented by AirAsia boasts athletes from Australia, Brazil, China, England, Japan, Mexico, Philippines, Russia and the United States.

Photos by AirAsia.