Fernandes: AirAsia X won’t buy Airbus A350
SINGAPORE: AirAsia X Bhd has no plans to buy the Airbus SE A350 widebody jet, the airline’s co-group CEO said, despite the airline having 10 of them on order.
“The A350 is not an aircraft we will buy,” AirAsia X co-group CEO Tan Sri Tony Fernandes said in a Facebook live chat from London yesterday. “Too expensive. Fares would go up.”
AirAsia X, the long-haul arm of AirAsia Bhd, placed a firm order for 10 A350s in June 2009.
It later ordered 66 A330neos, an updated version of the A330s it has in its current fleet.
The A350-900 has a longer range but also comes with a higher list price of US$317.4mil, compared with the US$296.4mil price of the A330-900neo. — Reuters