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AIRASIA Bhd, the low­cost car­rier that flies only Air­bus SE planes, will con­sider us­ing newly-de­vel­oped air­craft such as the Chi­nese-made C919 as the air­line ex­pands its fleet and des­ti­na­tions.

“I think as an air­line you have to look at ev­ery­thing,” said AirAsia group chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Tan Sri Tony Fer­nan­des, when asked whether the car­rier would con­sider the C919.

“We will be fool­ish not to look at new planes.”

Willie Walsh, chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer of IAG SA, the owner of Bri­tish Air­ways, has said the com­pany would con­sider the Chi­nese-made air­craft.

Com­mer­cial Air­craft Corp of China Ltd, the plane­maker, has com­mit­ments from 23 cus­tomers for about 570 of the C919, which took its maiden flight on May 5.

AirAsia made a key ad­vance­ment in its goal to cre­ate a panAsian

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