AirAsia adds first Airbus A320neo to fleet
SEPANG: AirAsia has introduced its first Airbus A320neo aircraft into its fleet, a more environmental-friendly and fuelefficient plane – the first in Southeast Asia.
Its group chief executive officer Tan Sri Tony Fernandes said he was delighted to finally receive the aircraft, which promises fuel savings of 15%, additional range capability of 500 nautical miles and six additional seats (186 in total) for passengers.
Fernandes, who in his speech also revealed that he went through an operation last week to remove a kidney stone, said the decrease in fuel consumption will translate to lower fares.
He added the aircraft, which is AirAsia’s 575th plane in its order book, would start flying straight away after its introduction yesterday, with the first flight taking off in the evening to Kota Kinabalu, Sabah.