June 10, 2023

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AirAsia plans to renew taking deliveries of the next-generation Airbus A321neos the Malaysian price range service has on order from 2024. The group acquired simply 4 of its upcoming A321neos in November 2019 earlier than the COVID-19 pandemic pressured AirAsia to pause deliveries and renegotiate its contract with Airbus.

The airline transitioned from a combined fleet together with Boeing 737s to an all-Airbus one and is now considered one of Airbus’ largest prospects. Tony Fernandes, Chief Government of Capital A Berhad, the holding firm of AirAsia Aviation Group Restricted, confirmed the airline group is because of resume deliveries as quickly as 2024:


“We can even be taking supply of the brand new Airbus A321neos from 2024, which can additional scale back our emissions per seat by 20% whereas additional driving our enterprise development.”

Getting again on observe

AirAsia and Airbus final yr agreed to postpone the supply of its 362 narrowbody plane and swap 13 of the A320neos on its order guide for the bigger A321neo mannequin. The deal supplied for deliveries to the airline by means of 2035, though neither occasion confirmed any additional particulars on dates on the time.

The resumption of deliveries comes on the again of a powerful quarter for the holding group Capital A Berhad Consolidated Airways, which incorporates AirAsia Malaysia, AirAsia Indonesia, and AirAsia Philippines. The Consolidated Group operated 65 plane within the quarter ending June thirtieth, up 50 plane in comparison with the identical interval final yr.

The group noticed a powerful revival of worldwide air site visitors and rising home demand throughout the group, which relaunched 159 worldwide routes on this quarter alone. The group famous considerably elevated load elements as passengers returned to the skies in larger numbers. The second quarter of this yr noticed the group’s seat capability at 6.6 million with 5.6 million passengers flown, leading to 84% of seats stuffed, the group’s highest since 2020.

AirAsia Aviation Group Chief Government Bo Lingam highlighted the rise in plane at present flights and expects a return to full operations by the second quarter of 2023:

“As of August, a complete of 108 working plane have returned to the skies and that is anticipated to extend to 160 by the tip of this yr to assist sturdy and rising shopper demand.”

The incoming A321neo plane have a recent inside and include options corresponding to in-armrest USB energy sockets. Photograph: AirAsia

Extra to return for Capital A

Rising gasoline costs additionally affected the service, which is trying to exchange its older A320s with the following era of plane as a part of a broader scheme to develop a sustainability roadmap in alignment with the United Nations and ICAO’s targets in a bid to attain internet zero by 2050. The energy-efficient plane use much less gasoline than earlier generations, which can likely assist additional mitigate rising gasoline prices and scale back emissions.

Capital A, nonetheless, diminished its working loss to 491.3 million ringgit ($110.03 million) for the three months ended June thirtieth, in comparison with a lack of 792.2 million ringgit in the identical interval final yr. CEO Bo Lingam confirmed the mixture of weaker currencies towards the US greenback and better upkeep prices contributed to the deficit however cited the reopening of worldwide borders in core working international locations alongside much less stringent journey restrictions in lots of important markets as essential in returning to profitability

Supply: Reuters