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AirAsia, the World’s Best Low-Cost Airline becomes the first airline in Southeast Asia to operate the Airbus A320neo aircraft powered by CFM International LEAP-1A engines. Equipped with a Space Flex cabin for an optimal passenger comfort and efficiency, the aircraft is configured with 186 seats.
AirAsia is Airbus’ biggest airline customer for the A320 Family with a total of 575 aircraft ordered. Of these, 404 are A320neo Family, following the airline’s latest firm order for 100 A321neo aircraft placed at the recent Farnborough Airshow. The A320neo Family is the world’s best-selling and most fuel efficient single aisle aircraft Family. The A320neo provides operators with double digits improvements in fuel consumption and CO2 emissions – with a 15% reduction at entry into service and up to a 20% reduction by 2020.
“We are thrilled to receive the Airbus A320neo which will ensure AirAsia remains at the forefront of our business, with one of the world’s youngest and most modern ﬂeet. The aircraft will deliver fuel savings of 15 percent and additional range capability of 500 nautical miles, which will be translated to low fares for our guests. This is further complemented with the extra seats installed, pushing the capacity up to 186 per aircraft. We are particularly pleased on the environmental element, where the fuel savings translates into some 5,000 tonnes less C02 per aircraft per year, in addition to the double-digit reduction in NOx emissions and reduced engine noise” –Tan Sri Tony Fernandes, Group CEO of AirAsia