AirAsia X wants to relaunch services to Europe "as quick as possible", and is looking at aircraft other than Airbus A330s to get there.

Speaking to FlightGlobal,the chief executive of AirAsia X's core Malaysian operation, Benyamin Ismail, says that its fleet plans have changed.

The carrier had not planned to take delivery of any aircraft in 2017, but is now speaking with "some parties to see what aircraft are available".

"If we can get the aircraft we need... when the A330neos arrive, the focus for them will be to grow frequencies in our current markets, like China and North Asia,"

Earlier in the year, Benyamin said that the carrier would not re-enter the European market until it starts receiving the A330-900s from the second half of 2018 onwards.

On the A330-900 seat configuration, AirAsia X expects to confirm the details "in the next couple of months", but could install more business class seats on those units initially planned to take on European routes.

"We are working with Airbus to get the assurance that the A330neos can get us direct to Europe (from Kuala Lumpur)."

Asked whether AirAsia X might take on A350s that may be available in the short-term, Benyamin re-iterates that the carrier "is open and has various options", but would not confirm if it has held talks with lessors.

Flight Fleets Analyzer shows that AirAsia X has 66 A330-900 and 10 A350-900s on order. It currently operates 22 A330-300s.

Source: Cirium Dashboard