Malaysian long-haul low-cost carrier AirAsia X has ordered an additional 34 Airbus A330neos at the Farnborough air show today.

The latest batch is a top-up on the previous order for 66 A330neos placed in 2014, bringing AirAsia X's backlog for the widebody to 100. All of these are for the A330-900neo variant.

AirAsia X says deliveries of the aircraft will start in the fourth quarter of 2019. It will deploy the aircraft on routes to Europe, including Kuala Lumpur-London.

The aircraft will also be operated by AirAsia X affiliates in Thailand and Indonesia.

AirAsia X co-group chief executive Tony Fernandes says: "Our decision to not only reconfirm our existing order of 66 A330neo, but to add 34 more, follows what is probably one of the most thorough aircraft evaluations the industry has ever seen.

"We have looked at every aspect of the A330neo from technical performance and reliability to passenger comfort and it is clearly the right aircraft for us to expand efficiently our fast-growing long haul network."

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Source: Cirium Dashboard