AirAsia X will wet-lease an Airbus A330-200 to Saudi Arabian Airlines for 15 months after the two carriers concluded an $18 million contract.
In a statement to the Malaysian stock exchange, AirAsia X says it has signed an agreement to lease the A330-200 (MSN 330) from International Lease Finance on 2 August, and will operate it on behalf of Saudia from 1 September 2013 to 30 November 2014.
AirAsia X already wet-leases two of its A340-300s to Saudia, and it says that the Saudi Arabian carrier has "requested that the company provide additional capacity" for its operations.
Flightglobal's Ascend Online Fleets database shows that the A330 is presently registered as EI-EWR, it was originally built in 2000 and is powered by General Electric CF6-80E1A4 engines. It was last leased to now-defunct Indonesian carrier Batavia Air and has been in storage at Jakarta's Soekarno-Hatta since January this year.
AirAsia X also operates 14 A330-300s on its own long-haul, low-cost services.