AirAsia X To Consider on Airbus A321neos and Long Range Variant

AirAsia X To Consider on Airbus A321neos and Long Range Variant. AirAsia X plans to add Airbus A321neos and A321LR to its fleet for future road development and frequency increases.

The operator stresses in a recent quarterly presentation of results that narrow-body vehicles could offer up to 16% variable cost savings and up to 5% in fixed cost savings over their existing A330 fleet.

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AirAsia X To Consider on Airbus A321neos and Long Range Variant, pic: Airbus A320neo

If the mixed fleet plan were followed, the A321 could operate about 64% of its central unit network in Malaysia, with routes of up to 7.9 hours with 192-236 seats. The A330, including the 100 A330-900s for which it has orders and commitments, would operate longer routes.

According to the database, the AirAsia X Group operates 31 A330-300s in its units in Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia.

The proposed double fleet would allow AirAsia X "to develop markets with a smaller aircraft and defend markets with a bigger plane," says the operator.

He told FlightGlobal that the operational study of the mixed fleet "is still in its infancy [without] any concrete announcement to make at the moment".

There is no indication that the conversion of some of the A330-900's orders to the A321neos or its origin in the sister operator AirAsia would be visible.

The AirAsia Group has placed an order of 100 A321neos at the 2016 Farnborough Air Show. It has also ordered 273 A320neos that could be replaced by A321neos or A321LR.