PARIS 2009: AirAsia X orders A350

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Here is the Airbus A350 in the AirAsia X livery. The Kuala Lumpur-based long-haul low-cost airline has ordered 10 A350-900s as part of its plans to expand its services in the 4-8h mark.

The carrier, an associate of Malaysia’s AirAsia, placed a firm order for 10 aircraft with deliveries due to begin in the first quarter of 2016. It was weighing up the A350 against the Boeing 787 but earlier this month indicated it had settled on the Airbus twin-jet.

The airline is fast becoming one of the key players in the low-cost market and Tony Fernandes, the chief executive of AirAsia, said in an interview with Airline business last month that it was a “wonderful addition” to the AirAsia brand

AirAsia X, however, sure plans to pack them in when it starts to operate the aircraft. It says that it will have more than 400 passengers on board in a two class configuration. It just may be a little tight back in economy.

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