AirAsia adds first Air­bus A320­neo to fleet

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS -

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.

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